Москва
Новосибирск

Elle: the complete history of the most famous style

article illustration

Even those who do not know about beer have probably heard about ale at least once. And many are sure that they are synonymous. In fact, they are not: ale, like lager, like lambic, is just one style. So why is it more popular than all the others?

Back to the Past

Beer resembling ale was first brewed before our era. But a beverage that meets the characteristics of this trend appeared only in the 15th century in England. Like all other beers of that time, it was produced out of necessity: local water was practically unusable and milk spoiled too quickly. Ale, on the contrary, was purified from harmful bacteria during fermentation and could be preserved for a long time.

Characteristic features that distinguish ale from traditional beer appeared later. First, hops were brought to England, and some beer was brewed on the basis of this ingredient, while ale remained true to tradition - it was still made on the basis of spices and herbs and was not pasteurized or filtered.

Later on, another nuance was added: only those varieties that were produced at a temperature of 15-24°C by top fermentation were considered ale. The yeast in the finished product did not sink to the bottom, as in the production of other varieties, but remained at the top in the form of a foamy cap. The fermentation process manifested higher alcohols and esters, which subsequently had a significant impact on the taste. It was also a prerequisite for brewing ale - the finished beer was left to infuse in a cool place for a while. On average, the entire production process took no more than a few weeks, exceptionally - a couple of months in case of long brews.

Types of ale

This family includes many popular varieties: stout, porter, wheat beer, IPA, pale, Irish, Belgian, and Trappist ale, which is considered truly legendary. The thing is that only 13 breweries have the right to brew it; they have to be attached to the abbeys and meet a number of conditions for brewing and selling, for example, they have to donate part of the profits to charity.

It makes no sense to talk about the particular taste of ale - each variety has unique characteristics. But they all have one thing in common - high density, for which ale is called "liquid bread". It is believed that in terms of calories a glass of this beer can replace a portion of this product.

The best way to drink this beer is slightly cooled - about 12-18 degrees. Beer goes perfectly with different snacks, including cheese and fruit.

Want to try the best Belgian ale? Come to the Lambic beer restaurant - we have the best brews!

 

Read also
What is the difference between lager and ale: let's understand the nuances

What is the difference between lager and ale: let's understand the nuances

Many people believe that it's all about color: lagers are light beers, ales are dark beers. In fact, this is not the case: there is a wide variety of beers in both families. Indeed, due to the production technology, lager is mostly a light lager beer, while ale has a rich flavor and is often quite strong, but it would still be wrong to separate them by this characteristic. What is the difference, then? It's the yeast Ale, historically considered to be the first beer, is made by top fermentation. Special yeasts are used for this and the process takes place at high temperature (from 15°C to 2070°C). As a result, the yeast accumulates on the surface - hence the name. A lot of higher alcohols and esters are produced during top fermentation, which affects the taste and aroma of the beer - it is richer than that of lager. Lager is produced by bottom fermentation, which is considered the most modern and popular method today, primarily because of the fact that such beer can be stored without pasteurization for up to 2 years (ale - up to 6 months). The process takes place at lower temperatures (from 8 to 13 degrees Celsius) and the yeast settles to the bottom after refining. The lager matures in even colder conditions - at temperatures close to zero. The taste of the lager is smoother and less sweet. Lager is considered a universal beer - no wonder it is the most common beer on supermarket shelves. It goes with any dish, even simple ones, and is suitable for any event. In addition, it can and should be drunk chilled, which is especially important in the hot season - not every beer can boast such an option. Ale can rather be compared to wine - its taste and aroma are more complex, which means that you need to treat it in a special way: choose appetizers carefully so they do not drown the taste of the drink, serve at the right temperature (the best way to taste ale is warm) and so on. In addition, ale and lager usually differ in strength: for the former it is on average 4-9%, while the latter can boast only a modest 3-5%. But this condition is not strict: you can find both light ales and lagers with a strength of up to 13%. Despite some advantages of the ale, it cannot be said that it is somehow better than lager. They are really very different families, and not all beer lovers are looking for complex flavors and high strength. So just choose what you like, and in the beer restaurant Lambic you will be served the chosen beer according to all the laws of the genre - for maximum enjoyment!

28 March 2021

Harmony of flavors: seven best beer snacks

Harmony of flavors: seven best beer snacks

Real beer connoisseurs know that the flavor of beer is revealed better if it is served with the right dish. But even if you don’t consider yourself a gourmet, drinking beer is always more enjoyable with an appetizer. In this article we will list ten dishes that will make a perfect pair with your favorite drink. Chicken wings and strips Fried chicken goes great with different types of beer. The most popular poultry appetizers are wings (can be spicy or non-spicy) and strips. They are often served with sauces, such as barbecue or cheese sauce. Fried fish The most popular appetizer with fish is, of course, fish & chips. For the preparation of this dish, cod is most often taken, but pollock, flounder, halibut or pike-perch are also common. Fries are fried in oil or baked in the oven. Fish and chips in restaurants are usually served with tartar sauce, green peas, or cole slaw. Restaurants also often offer fried fish separately with beer, such as smelt or mullet. Garlic croutons A simple but very tasty dish that goes perfectly with both light and dark beers. Hot, crispy and generously sprinkled with garlic, garlic croutons are served with beer in almost all beer restaurants. They go well with all kinds of sauces, but we recommend ordering bleu-cheese with the croutons. Grilled cheese Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside — breaded cheese has long been in the top of the best beer appetizers. Different kinds of cheese are used for preparation. And sometimes — several at once: for example, in cheese sticks often put mozzarella and parmesan at the same time. If you want something more refined, you can order baked Camembert with truffle paste or brie cheese in crispy breading with cherry chili sauce. Shrimp Served both fried and boiled, often with garlic. Shrimp is also used to make airy chips that go well with mayonnaise dips, and more complex appetizers, such as mini seafood burgers. Jalapeño fries An appetizer that’s just gaining popularity so far. Jalapeño peppers fried in batter go well with fresh beer and add a pleasant spice to the meal. Served with sauces or cheese. French fries An all-time classic. If regular potatoes are boring, try yam fries with ginger sauce. Almost all of the above appetizers can be tasted in Lambic beer restaurants. And we also have hundreds of quality beers from all over the world. Come — we will find something to surprise you!

14 June 2024