Ramblings about what I encounter within the realm of the geosciences, as well as the occasional rant about nonsense.

04 September 2008


I feel it is important to note some of the differences I have noted about UK and USA. First, and most importantly, Beer. It is very good here, but all I know about beer types doesn’t translate from English to English. First night here I tried to explain that I liked medium dark beers (and gave general examples: a Belgian Black Ale, Scottish Ale, etc.) The bar tender nodded and gave me what she thought I was getting at (she called it Lager, which it was, but I thought it could be different as my brother ordered a 7-up and the bartender gave him a “lemonade”). It looked and tasted like PBR from lines that hadn’t been cleaned. I can’t remember the name right now.

When I next tried my luck, there were more people with drinks around so I could simply point instead of describing. It turns out, what I consider to be (in my admitedly imprciese terminology) Ale (which may be synonymous with gerneral "beer" in UK) is actually considered Bitter.

Once I found out what I meant by a dark ale, or an amber ale, or any other type of ale is called “bitter” over here, things went considerably easier. Tetley's and Worthington's are very tasty examples of bitter, I think they are bitter anyway.


Julia said...

Oh you're having so much fun aren't you? There are many, many different types of beer/ale. And all ales are beers but not all beers are ales. Some beers are stouts, porters, lagers, etc. So whereas in the US if your buddy is going to the bar and you say "I'll have a beer" he'll probably bring you back a pint of whatever the standard draught beer is. If you say that in the UK to a British pal, he'll ask you to be more specific as there'll be probably three different lagers, at least one bitter and a stout, and sometimes many more.

Lemonade in the UK is 7-Up and the like. Clear, fizzy, vaguely lemony-tasting stuff. What you would want would be old-style lemonade or cloudy lemonade, and it would still be fizzy. And you'll only be able to get it in quite specialist places.

If you were lucky, you probably got Grolsch, Carlsberg or Kronenburg lager. If you were unlucky, you probably got Carling. If the barmaid hated you, you may have got Stella Artois or Fosters.

Tetley's is good stuff. If by chance you are still in the UK, you should try to find a Wetherspoons pub and see what guest ales they have. That's our "microbrew" industry, but it's much more mainstream. You'll get some good stuff. Avoid John Smith bitter.

hypocentre said...

Tetley's & Worthington's are 'keg' beers, mass produced and generally drab. You want to look out for 'cask' or 'real' ales. There is a huge variety of these and once you get a taste for these you won't want to go back to the pasteurised fizzy keg stuff.


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