Friday, 12 May 2017

Nottinghamshire Craft Beer Review: Pekko from Milestone Brewing

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Welcome to the Shed. I am even-star and this is The Beer in Review. Today's Nottinghamsire craft beer review is for Pekko from Milestone Brewing.

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Pekko from Milestone is a bright yellow straw coloured beer. Yeasty aromas. Up front quite bitter. Lightly citrus and floral with some resinous lavender and a bit of sweeter elderflower . Refreshing after 2 weeks of sweet alco-poppy ipas! Nothing in there where I can say it tastes like THIS, it's just a good bitter blonde beer with some quaffable character.

In case you were wondering about the name, Pekko is a variety of hops. So like yesterday's beer review, this is likely a single hopped beer. Brewers tend to name their single hopped beers after the hops used. Looking at some information about Pekko hops it would seem that the beer conforms closely to that description but with out so much of the green herbs.

And yes this was one of the first beers I had upon returning from Portugal (some exciting stuff coming up about that here and on the youtube channel) where there is, at last, some craft beer! But a lot of the breweries there are taking up the American trend for these super hoppy and sugary "IPA" style beers. And while I do enjoy a good dank cotton candy tangy IPA, two weeks of them are rather exhausting.

It seems to me like "craft beer" is sort of devolving into basically Stout (of all sorts of stupidly flavoured varieties) and IPAs which are tending to all taste the same to me these days. I don't know if that is the American influence where those styles are what people are really into because they don't have a history of the huge variety of beers we have in the UK.

Line up four of those IPAs on the bar and they really all taste basically the same. Line up four British cask ales and they will be all different colours and flavours. All from just the hops and grains used.

It would be a shame if some of these types of beers start to die out because of the sheer weight of market forces demanding sweet dank IPAs every where. Part of the real ale (or craft beer if you like) revolution in the UK was driven by the sheer lack of variety in beer available. Now we might have all kinds of small brewers out there crafting beer, but if this also results in lack of variety then we have not made much progress.

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