Several weeks ago, I spent a week in the U.K. (Scotland and England specifically). Over the course of the week, I tried at least a dozen different beers, sticking predominantly to British drafts. From Deuchers to Greene King to Old Peculiar to Triumph, I tasted what I have been reading for the past year – British beers are served with lower carbonation and at a higher temperature. From a taste standpoint, these beers without fail were much lower in bitterness than their American counterparts and tended to have a more pronounced malt profile with more wood flavors.
But here’s the thing. My good buddy Peter adores British beers (though not quite as much as Belgians). I think he sleeps with a pint on his bedside. I have talked to others who are confident that British beers are created simply by drunken Londoners urinating in a barrel of grain. I walked away glad for the opportunity to sample a new family of brews, but ultimately I just love American craft beers. So for those of you who have sampled British draft beers – true brew, fun novelty or warm urine?