Everything started from the vision and love that these four friends’ had for beer. Spyros Kaloudis the “chief”, Klaudio Mouzakitis, the brewer and the G. Kaloudis and V. Mouzakitis, build the Corfu Microbrewery. Their modern facilities are located in the Arilla area of Corfu. They work continuously, tireless, methodically and faithfully for the production of fresh beer, unpasteurized and preservative. Lager, Pils, Ale, Bitter Ale as well as special edition ones, such as the Koroibos and Ionian Corfu Porter.
In this article we will talk, about the bark beer of Corfu Microbrewery, the sour as we call it. We are referring to the Corfu Real Ale Bitter. Its bottle isn’t something really artistic, but with a careful label, with all the necessary information and with nothing unnecessary and ugly. Bark label with a bark bottle for a dark beer.
When we open the bottle, we remove the beer cap with the feature brewery logo, with the island on it, all the familiar and we may say everyday aromas came to our nose, such as coffee and chocolate. Serving the beer into a glass we see, what else, a dark brown beer with red sheens when the glass is towards light. We don’t have a lot of carbonate and we can say that the foam is dark white/beige. Think and with medium duration, with little bubbles, while it leave traces at the glass during the consumption. The known as wreath.
When the glass comes near to our nose, the aromas remind us caramel, a bit of roasting cereal and honey, while it give as the perception that nearby you have dried fruits. Not missing and known vegetativeness that offered by hops.
Mislead by the title of Bitter Ale we would expect a much bitter taste. However, the bitterness is not unpleasant. I would say that is a smooth beer with a slight bitterness. The barley is detectable and its roasted malt gives us a hint of coffee and bitter chocolate. We are able to taste the dried fruit that we perceived with our nose and even distinguish the figs and raisins which if we think about it give us sweetness similar to honey. In the aftertaste we are able to accept that the original bitterness seems to begin to sweeten and is maintained for some time. That sweetness is maintained for sometime.
We are also able to detect the beer’s oiliness. The low carbonation, as we have said can be seen and felt in our mouth in a beer that we would consider has a medium to full body and gives the feeling that it ranges between 5-5.8% alcohol content.
It can be paired with meats as well as sweets. It may also be used for sauces and marinades. When drinking it try eating a bit of chocolate or dry fruit that have similar aromas and taste. Pairing it with liquorice, such as that of Haribo, pleasently crossed my mind.
We are talking about a beer that is drinkable between 7οC and 10οC. As long as it get wormer it reveals more aromas and tastes of coffee and malts. The tasting was made from a 500ml bottle and a tulip glass without a pint, the traditional British, being a bad choice.
Product of Corfu Microbrewery, so there is no franchise in Athens, although you can contact them and get informed from a representative, if you are interested for a professional collaboration. For “common people” there is the super market choice, such as Thanopoulos, Vasilopoulos and updated wine/liquor store.
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