The Midweek Drink - Small Beer Steam

It’s Wednesday, my fellow L’Ders! Just two more days to grind through until we reach the weekend. If you’re planning to go out this weekend, then I do hope the weather is kind to you. If you’re planning to stay in to chill - or to indulge in Black Ops 4, as some of us may be doing - then kudos to you, too. 

I’ll just cut straight to the chase: if you want to enjoy your night in just that bit more, then this review may entice you into checking out Small Beer Brew Co.’s brand new edition: Steam.

A brief history of Small Beer & Small Beer Brew Co

Now I wont go into much detail as you may have already read from my past review on Small Beer & Small Beer Brew Co, so I will just pick out some key facts that may interest you, new readers and old.

The term ‘Small Beer’, originates from Medieval Europe, but gained huge popularity in the 18th Century, where it was recommended for heavy-work labourers to consume beer and ale that contained very small amount of alcohol. Now this may sound bizarre in this day and age, but the purpose for this was that these beers had nutritional benefits and was much safer to drink than water.

To keep this tradition of brewing such beers and ales, Felix and James, founders of Small Beer Brew Co., continue to use this knowledge of brewing that has been passed down through the centuries and now can be enjoyed by the public in the 21st Century.

Three senses and a beverage

Steam is bottled in a 350ml bottle with an ABV of 2.7%. The ingredients used are Water, Malted Barley, Rye, Wheat, Oats, Hops and Yeast.

It has a warm, hazy caramel colour, with a constant flow of carbonated bubbles whizzing to the top of the glass, and a frothy, off-white head that dissipates very slowly. 

The best way that I can describe the taste is that it reminds me of a traditional ale. What I mean by that is that it begins with a very refreshing sweet and malty taste, blended with the taste and aroma, of a sweet spiciness from the rye, to then finishing off with a subtle bitterness. 

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