The third of my Marks and Spencer haul, and it’s one that comes in a very odd shaped bottle.
Yes it’s one these fancy ‘new’ cans that have been popping up all over the place in Craft Beer World. Apparently the receptacle for your beer has a big part to play in flavours and freshness.
Bottles don’t taint the flavours, but they do let light in. Light is bad because the UV breaks stuff down in the beer and makes it go stale and funky before it’s time. Green and brown bottles are better as they filter out a lot of the harmful UV rays. They aren’t perfect, but they do a good enough job to have been the brewers choice for centuries.
‘Proper beer’ should never come in clear bottles – this is one of the worst atrocities know to man. (Say people who have more time on their hands than me.)
Then there are cans. They keep your beer dark, but have a pretty bad reputation of tainting the taste of the drink with their metallic tang. It’s what Coke comes in (that tastes better from a bottle right?) or Carlsberg. In Carlsberg’s case, the cans almost certainly improve things.
Why are cans suddenly all the rage in hipsterville? Well, technology has moved on. These cans come with a plasticy coating on the inside so the metal doesn’t come in to contact with the liquid – so no taste difference.
So, these new cans mean no metallic tang, and no nasty UV light and as a consequence you get a fresher, better tasting beer. Apparently.
Do I really care?
Honestly, no. Not at all. But as long as other people do the caring for me, who am I to disagree?
However this Pils from London brewery (I see a trend here M&S) Fourpure is a very good advocate for cans.
This is is a very good lager. In fact I would go as far to say this is one of the nicest lagers I have had in a long, long while. Often I find lagers to be just a bit boring, a bit of a chore to drink. Yes they can be refreshing, but to be honest I want more from my money than beer to do the job a pint of water can do. This Pils delivers that. It has the right balance of zesty hops and malty lager-yness to make for a drink that keeps you coming back for more.
It’s one of those exceptions that proves the rule about how crap most lagers we get in this country actually are. It shows that there is a world of good tasting lager out there, probably in Germany. We are shielded to this world by a Carling powered force field.
I’ll be keeping my eye out for this Pils again, and for Fourpure in general. If they can nail a good lager I would very much like to try their other styles.