If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I have a solid respect for Samuel Smith’s Brewery out of Yorkshire, England. It seems like every one of their brews that I taste simply defines that style; emphasis on “simply.” Samuel Smith’s doesn’t add new exciting ingredients, they don’t blend existing styles or create new ones, at least not in their beers that are available Stateside. What they do is make excellent versions of classic styles and if someone asked you what a certain style tastes like, you could point them to a Samuel Smith’s.
>Now, statements like my last one might conjure up some opposition and people may ask, “How can one beer define a style when so many variations of the style exist” and I agree with those people to an extent. There are nearly innumerable variations to any given style. Brewers use different grain bills, hop varieties which can vary by year, extra exotic ingredients, and so on. However, each of those brewers is brewing with a particular style in mind. Even if that style is as vague as, “Oh, I dunno. I’m just brewing some stout-ish, porter-y beer that I added raspberries and blackstrap molasses to,” it still has that classic stout characteristic in mind. The essence of “stoutness” if you will. And while one may never achieve that essence perfectly, Samuel Smith’s comes close time after time. Let’s pour!
Joel R. Kolander is the Cheif Blogger for Sud Savant, a beer-savoring blog for the rest of us. We’re not here to get plowed. We’re not here because we are world-famous beer critics. We’re here because we enjoy savoring a great beer with even better friends. Sharing great beer is just as amazing as finding it in the first place. Lets share!