In thinking about the types of beer to focus on, I gave myself some fairly simple criteria:
- at least 2 session beers
- at least 1 style which is difficult to get in Virginia
- one lager
- to cross the spectrum of colours
- 3.5% - 3.7% Ordinary Bitter
- 3.9% - 4.1% Blonde Ale
- 5% - 6% Porter
- 4.2% - 4.8% Pilsner
Yes, they are all styles that I have brewed before, and in the case of my Ordinary Bitter won a gold medal for, but they are the styles that I enjoy drinking the most and at the end of the day homebrewing is all about having beer that I want to drink.
Naturally I will still make bits and pieces that either take my fancy or are brewed for special occasions, such as my Samoset Thanksgiving ale, whatever the International Homebrew Project throws up and our internal Iron Brewer project with the homebrew club, the next round of which requires honey malt, Hersbrucker hops and ginger.
If you also homebrew, what beers would you want to perfect to have on tap regularly?