I was in Munich last week and found ‘craft beers’ were thin on the ground with the exception of the excellent Tap House. Upon my return I was alerted to the fact that there were some new beers on the shelf of my local off licence. From Munich! And Union are a family company who work with four ‘small’ family owned Bavarian breweries. Their definition of small is that they brew less than 120,000hl per year.
The first one that I had to drink was the Unflt Lager. All of their beers are unfiltered anyway, and they don’t suffer for it as they still pour very brightly. This one is a Helles Lager with classic Hallertau hops. It’s fresh, grassy and refreshing. I had it with a chicken curry and it proved an ample match.
The second one I tackled was Friday. It’s an unfiltered IPA in the American style. It’s a little stronger than the Lager coming in at 6.5% to the Lager’s 5%. It’s properly hoppy, the label says they are American hops and I’d hazard a guess that Cascade and Citra are in the mix. That hoppiness is countered by a rich caramel malt backbone. I’m going to give this another go with a pepperoni pizza, next Friday after work.
And lastly the ominously named Beast of the Deep. It’s an Unfiltered (surprise, surprise ) Heller Bock or strong lager. This one was chewy and the biscuitty malt was the stand out feature. They use Hallertau aroma hops in this one again, they are like a trademark! Three very well made beers, well worth checking out. You will have no problem spotting their simple distinctive labels anyway. They are available in O’Brien’s Wines nationwide and they are being distributed nationally by Noreast so your local off licence should have no problem sourcing them. Sláinte!
Simon Broderick aka Simon Says… You Really Should Drink This! Simon started his blog in September 2013. Since then he has built up a large audience of readers. He can also be found on Twitter. A passionate Advocate for Great beer, he set up the Athlone Beer Club in January 2014 and this has proven very popular with publicans and members alike in the Midlands. The future? Ireland’s second craft beer book perhaps! And a lot of beers.