It was interesting the other day that other people seem to think the way I do about beer styles see here for a really fresh take on the idea http://aleheads.com/2012/02/28/repost-a-new-approach-to-beer-styles/. No matter what the lovers of Michael Jackson may think they are Luddites living in the past. I have great respect for Jackson and his books which provide me and I am sure loads of other brewers, full time or amateur, lots of ideas and inspirations.. The arrival of the New World Hops has changed the Beer drinking scene to another sensation of aroma and taste that was just not there 2 years ago. Those American and Australian / New Zealand hops have revolutionized the British drinking scene. Who had have thought the arrival of new world hops could change the drinking scene so much. Bland boring brown bitter or hoppy citrus blonde ales, with those amazing aromas of gooseberries, passion fruit, pineapple, mango,you name it.
So how with this plethora of tastes and aroma that are blurring all distinctions how can we carry on recognizing beer styles, that are not there anymore . Beer styles are dead and the craft brews have made it so.
Black IPA says it all
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