Flavored Beer, Trap or Trend?

If you are a home brewing enthusiast, then you are probably always on the lookout for the best new flavors and recipes for brewing the best beer possible. This isn’t an inconsequential consideration. If you don’t like the taste of the beer that you brew, then what is the point of brewing it yourself? You might as well just buy the stuffy corporation produced beer that you can find in every other supermarket. If your family or friends don’t like your beer, then this is another strong reason against brewing it yourself. This is one of the trickier areas. Oftentimes, people will say that they have liked or enjoyed your beer simply for the sake of politeness. All the while, they are secretly wishing that they had a nice cold beer from the corner store. If your friend has to pretend to like your beer on a regular basis, then he may eventually come to resent coming to your home. He will feel as if you are forcing him to drink a beverage which he does not want and never asked for. Eventually, he may not want to be your friend any longer.

If you repeat this process often enough, you may find that no one wants to drink your crummy beer with you whatsoever. This is the lowest point that any home brewing enthusiast could ever hope to reach. This is why it is so important to continually try to improve your home brewing skills. It doesn’t much matter whether you start out as a terrible home brewer; simply make it your goal to make each batch of beer better than the last. Even if your latest batch of beer doesn’t come out perfect, there is usually a lesson you can take away from the experience so that your batch next week will be better.

The same method applies to flavored beer. As you start to think about whether flavored beers are a good idea, you will soon come to the realization that every beer has a flavor. In fact, it’s impossible to create a beer with absolutely no flavor whatsoever. Perhaps the only beverage without any flavor is water, although there are undoubtedly many water connoisseurs who would contest that assertion. In this manner, it is impossible to consider that flavored beer is a trap. The only question is whether your home brewed beer has a tasty flavor or an unsavory flavor. The real trick is learning how to distinguish one from another. Unfortunately, creating home brewed beer with a good flavor is more of an art than a science. It is impossible to measure your beer and come up with a precise reading that tells you that the flavor of your beer is 8.6 out of 10. Instead, you must rely on the same method of trial and error that you have been using to learn how to home brew beer in the first place.

Every time you create a new batch of beer, you should write down all the ingredients and the method by which you prepared this particular batch. When your batch of beer has properly aged, you can then taste it and see whether or not the flavor is to your liking. It can also be a great idea to have some of your friends and family members give you their input. Since they will often be biased, you may want to find some strangers who will give you a more honest, objective opinion. Using the blind taste test method can also be a great way to get the honest opinion of people.

As you slowly improve your ability to make beer with a great flavorful taste, you will begin to acquire an intuitive sense of which ingredients go well together and which ingredients do not go well together. Eventually, your beer will be able to beat nearly every mainstream brand of beer in a blind taste test.