Beer review — Belhaven and Emerson’s

Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA 500ml $7.99
The Brits loaded India Pale Ale (IPA) with alcohol and hops to survive the long trip in cask to India. But by the time refrigeration arrived it was too late to stop — and now even the Scots brew it, perhaps better than the English. This is a beautifully fragrant, hoppy, opulent version.

Emerson’s Belgian Style Beer 500ml $8.90
This Belgian-style lambic beer comes from Dunedin, New Zealand. The traditional style is fermented in barrels using wild yeast, with fruit (in this case cherries) added during the ferment. The result is an idiosyncratic sweet and sour ale with a strong and distinctive sour cherry flavour.

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2009

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