If I had to do a review of the year, which soon will be in the past, it would have had a dramatic nature as far as it concerns our everyday, political, economic, national and global level. But here, I am not referring to them. Here I am referring to the beers that impressed me, beers I liked and I was drinking the whole year. Some, very likely to be continued from previous years. This article, which is written for the fourth year refers to the “10 beers that I liked to drink during 2016”.
Before I start I would like to note, that I am not going to mention any beers that are not marketed in Greece but beers that I was choosing to drink in 2016 and was circulated in our country, of course Greek but also imported. The reference number is random and the only thing that affects it, is how they come to mind. It is understood that the following beers are personal choices and each one can agree and disagree. Your opinion for the beers of the year are configure all together through the online voting of BeerBartender Awards which starts in a few hours.
If I remember correctly, the beer I was drinking when 2016 arrived, was the well-known Schlenkerla. A beer, which devides the beer consumers, mainly because of its intense smoky aroma. The tradition for smoked beers from Bamberg in Germany is popular because of the Märzen. Since 2009 it has become even more delicate, round and pleasant with the Eiche, which I tried relatively recently in a tasting in BeerLab. The Schlenkerla Märzen is classic, while the Schlenkerla Eiche for me is the “gentle sister”, as it is smoking in beech wood and not oak something it is changing the “weight” of the smoker.
In 2016, surprisingly for me I drank a lot of BIOS 5. It has nothing to do with the new label, which is craftier, Greek and beery from the previous one. It is mainly because of the new recipe that it gives you the opportunity to drink a second and a third one on the contrary with the previous version.
“Back to basics” with Friday’s by Septem Microbrewery, when we decided with Tim Hampson to try beers from our country during his presence for the 3rd BeerBartender Awards. I “remembered” it and I began to re-order in my nights out, putting aside the most bitter and the Porter of the Septem collection. It was so great and positive Tim’s impression, about the Friday’s Pale Ale of Septem, which he included her in his latest book entitled “The 50 Greatest Beers of the World” (number 39 please).
Being focused in my German culture, I’ve drank rather lots of Weihestephaner. With a slightly preference for the Hefe, but without living out the rest when imposed by the states. The German beer with tradition since 1040, can be considered commercial or another Weiss for some, but for those who love good beer, Weihenstephaner has always a place in their fridge.
London Black Cab, is a beer that I consider among my loved ones for many reasons. The Stout from Fuller’s which at first I checked it a few years ago, for its label. In 2016 I was “checking” it for its taste as I was finding it in chosen bars in keg.
Continuing with Stout, the one I want to drink with sweet or savory is the one from Siris Microbrewery. The Voreia Stout with Valhrona chocolate is “like hell” as Periklis would said. The last few months I am also closing the eye to the smoked of this brewery as well.
Maybe sea is a summer sport for me but “Marea” from Elixi is a beer for a bar, restaurant and home. Marea will now have a blonde version, but Ale is always the first beer which I will recommend to anyone who tells me what beer I get for my collection.
Last year I have said the I prefer a “wildcard” beer. One I drink it, I can use it as a sauce with George, or Periklis can use it for sweet recipes, to accompany coffee. Do you remember which was it? The Volkan Black. The beer that continued doing whatever was doing in 2015 and in 2016.
The classical value of a Trappist beer, such as La Trappe and the combination with all types of various dining options cannot described. I suggest the classic and most popular La Trappe Quadrupel especially for the winter with heavier dishes.
I could write for many more. In my paper, I’ve got the list with all of them that I leave outside, because they crossed my mind with a bit of delay. Maybe there isn’t anything wrong with them, even if I am saying that bewitched by KIRKI which fades my memory.
Closing, I would like to write a couple of lines with wishes, because this year I spoken for too long. I am optimistic about the new year. I hope 2017 to bring us everything 2016 deprived. The smile and trust to ourselves and to others. The beer industry despite the difficulties remains strong. The breweries are determined not to put it down. Are you;
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