The Durham Brewery is 23 years old and going from strength to strength. On our anniversary each year we hold a celebratory beer festival. This year on 5th August there will be:
10 Cask and Keg beers
our bottle range including a new bottle-conditioned lager
Durham Gin and Vodka
Fentimans Soft Drinks
Purchase tickets in advance online or in the onsite shop and get a free extra pint. Online ticket purchase.
Belle Saison 4.5% abv
Colour: Hazy Amber
Bitterness: 30 IBUs
Type: Belgian Saison
Big banana aroma in this traditional saison. More banana in the body with a hint of grapefruit bitterness. Very slightly sour with a dry finish.
Jack in a Box 4.8% abv
Alcohol Content: 4.8
Bitterness: 58 IBUs
Beer Type: IPA
Our hop exploration beer with a new line-up of hops in each brew. Version 2 is all about American varieties. Very aromatic and punchy hop bitterness.
In the pubs NOW!
Magus Cask and Bottled is Gluten Free
Bottles are all Vegan friendly, and now from gyle (brew) 2739 bottled Magus is GLUTEN FREE!
Our best selling beer (former beer of the North East) retains its fresh quaffing qualities while we have altered the brewing process to make it available to coeliacs and anyone who wishes not to consume glutens.
IPA – India Pale Ale – What is it?
Well Steve, in my day it was simple. It was a pale beer that was made in England and shipped to India so that the troops and administrators had something decent to drink. Beer was our national drink and compared to some of the spirits people drank, was the temperance option. Not too strong and nutritious. Before advances in microbiology, beer was preserved on the journey to India by being at least 7% abv and highly hopped. Hops are a natural preservative so the beer started out as an intensely bitter beer. Whether it was so bitter when served is a matter for conjecture because it was said that the agitation and temperature changes on the ship served to mellow the beer. Bitterness was probably rich rather than extreme.
Thanks for that Sir John. I ask because some of the IPAs that I have been experiencing from the “craft” brewers certainly do not fit the definition. IPA does seem to be a dominant style at the moment and the craft movement likes to push the boundaries and make something different, but there surely comes a time when different is so different that the name does not apply.
I think I would agree Steve. At a recent beer festival where I was judging IPAs most were cloudy. Some were so cloudy that we wondered what we were drinking. IPA never was cloudy. I know that there is an opinion that no finings means fresher flavour but from experience of doing finings tests, that dropping the yeast out allows more subtle flavours through. A yeasty beer will have more bitterness than a clear one because yeast has a very bitter flavour. A wheat beer yeast adds wonderful flavours but most ale yeasts are not meant to be tasted directly. Then there is bitterness. The recent competitive race to make the most bitter beer is surely ruining palettes for the more subtle balanced beers.
Yes, Sir John. I have also noticed that from England to Austria, IPAs and pale ales are tending towards the same flavour of Citra and Mosaic hops. I would conclude that in the effort to make something different we are experiencing a sameness descending on the genre. IPA sells, and it is no wonder that breweries want to use a name which the punters crave. That’s okay but don’t call it an IPA if it isn’t.
Sir John. When is an IPA not an IPA?
Well Steve, when it’s a “belgian-style Tripel India pale ale”. I tried this and it was not very pale and not very bitter. More like a Belgian Tripel.
You got it Sir John. And then there was the Farmhouse Fresh IPA that tasted as though it had a saison yeast.
If you want a real IPA there is nothing better than Bombay 106. The recipe is a 19th century creation, very pale and with good old Goldings hops. Somebody once described it as a “straight” IPA. Presumably because is has original authentic English flavours.