As Britain basks in the hottest summer since the late 70’s many people are asking themselves what is the best beer to enjoy. Is a very cold lager really the only option? The answer is no, there are beer styles that are perfect for this time of year, ideal to go with BBQ’s, be it meat, fish or veggie. One such style is Golden Ale.
Conceived in the late 80’s by brewers keen to help the younger generation switch from branded lagers, Golden Ales are light in colour, with a lighter maltiness but still reasonably hoppy. Above all they are meant to be drunk cool, maybe even cold.
When it comes to serving temperatures we get very frustrated that in this day and age we still hear drinkers convincing us that real ales are meant to be drunk ‘warm’. Please do not believe anyone who tries to persuade you of such a thing. There are very few occasions when beers should be served at room temperature and a golden ale in the summer is not one of them. Warm beer? Never!
Whatever your favourite style, cool it in the fridge for couple of hours before drinking. What’s there to lose? Beer is too cold when you take it out of the fridge? No problem – pour it into a glass, wait for 5 minutes and it’s perfect! Beer hazy? No problem – it’s only the proteins showing themselves, they were there all along and don’t affect the taste.
We at Ridgeway go even further and have designed our golden ale Oxfordshire Blue to be drunk properly cold. Straight from the fridge, it remains clear and crisp. Being bottle conditioned it is a real ale – with yeast in the bottle and all the goodness with it. So pop it in an ice bucket at a BBQ for a while (secretly displacing canned lagers if there is no space) and then enjoy. Full of taste and easy drinking. Don’t let your friends know though – they will like it and you may run out!
Can’t enjoy a glass of good beer because of gluten intolerance? No problem, we have a Gluten Free version of Oxfordshire Blue. Go to our ‘where to buy’ page to find your nearest shop.