Hen & Hound Brewery Co.

Month: January 2015

By in Beer school 2

So Lagers – tell me more about that?

To recap – lagers use a lager yeast, ferment at lower temperatures and for longer (compared to ales) and get their name by being stored for a period of time (kind of like wine).

So are there different sorts of lagers? Why yes. The major types include Pilsener, American lager, German lager and European lager. Examples of well known lagers include Stella, Beck’s and Asahi.

A really useful diagram which shows how all these styles relate is at the below link:


With a Bohemian Pilsener fermenting and active investigation into this whole cave thing, Oktoberfest could be on the cards at the brewery!

Cave well, cave often.

By in Beer school 1

Ale vs beer – how are they different?

These days (and by that I mean the best part of the last 500 years) there is no real difference and the words are often used interchangeably. In the Ye Olde days beer was made with hops, while ale wasn’t. Ale (without hops) was a sweet drink without any of the bitterness to balance it – not great. Now hops is used universally causing the confusion.

While all ales are beers, not all beers are ales. The beers that aren’t ales are lagers – confused? The difference between ales and lagers is principally the yeast used in each. Ales use a yeast that ferments at the top of the vessel (between 15-21 degrees celsius) and generally produce big flavours.

Lagers use a different yeast that ferments at the bottom of the vessel (between 2-10 degrees celsius) and generally create a cleaner, crisper taste. Lager comes from the German word meaning “to store”. Hence lagers ferment for longer than ales ideally under the controlled conditions of a fridge or a cave if you have one.

How good would it be to own a cave.

By in News 7

Wig and Pen…

The Wig and Pen is soon to reopen. Thoughts on making an afternoon or evening of it?