I don't like beer. There seems to be a trend at the moment though for craft beer and real ales. Everywhere you look there's a new real ale bar opening and people are trying to talk to me about hops and things I don't really understand. So when Sarah from BrewDog asked if I'd like to come along and sample some of their beers, along with a selection of cakes and treats, I thought it was a good chance to try and figure out what the fuss was all about, and dragged Amy along with me. And of course we ended up running into Polly, a committed lover of Brew Dog and real ales, there!
The idea behind the event was pretty cool: beer, cheese and meat boards and beer infused cake offering a quirky twist on afternoon tea. Accompanied by the cheese and meat boards, I got to try a sample of Fake Lager (I'm still not really sure why it's called this and if it was lager or beer), as well as 5AM Saint and Jackhammer IPA. As we went through trying each beer, the BrewDog team explained a little more about each one. As well as explaining which cheese and meat complemented it, and brought out the flavours the best. Since I had the car and was meeting a friend for dinner afterwards, I only really had a sip of each, and to be honest I still struggled with the taste. Although the lager was nice, I really can't wrap my head around beer. There's something about it that I'm just not sure about!
Despite me not really enjoying the beer that much, I find BrewDog a really interesting company. They're a Scottish Craft Beer Company who not only run their own bars and brewery, but are on a mission to reduce the amount of rubbish beer people drink and encourage people to become as passionate about great craft beer as they are. While I'm not quite on the beer bandwagon yet, I do admire their efforts! And it's nice to see an independent company going from strength to strength. Who knows, maybe one day I'll be a convert. But for now I think when I visit BrewDog, it'll mainly be for their cider!