Mal Masterclass: Insider tips from an IPA expert
We sat down with BrewDog's Patrick Thompson to chat favourite beers & expert tips for the perfect pull...
Tell us a bit about yourself, how did you get into Beer?
I'm Patrick and I guess you could say I'm an IPA expert. I got into the beer industry five years ago. Someone bought me a pint of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on a night out, it totally blew my perceptions of beer out of the water. So, I started to look into why I liked it so much versus the generic lager I had been drinking; what affected the flavour profile? Why do certain hops taste different? The more I geeked out about beer, the more I wanted to work in the beer industry. I soon had an opportunity to work for BrewDog, I got the job and have never looked back.
Craft beer is having a big moment right now, why do you think that is?
Quality is key. Craft beer offers people the option to drink better beer and with so many awesome breweries making brilliant beer at the moment in the UK, we’re spoilt for choice! If you had told me three years ago I could get fantastic, cold craft beer in a supermarket I wouldn’t have believed you. Yet now more and more retailers are dedicating more space to great beer. It’s incredible!!
There is an ever growing selection of BrewDog beers – what is it that makes them unique?
BrewDog are on a mission to make other people as passionate about great craft beer as we are. We want to brew amazing beers, so we don’t cut corners during the brewing process. We love brewing different styles of beers from super hoppy IPAs to mouth-puckering sours.
What’s your top three tasting tips for novice beer drinkers?
- Try as many different styles of beers as you can, be adventurous. I’m a firm believer there is a beer for everyone
- Not everything has to be a pint, try beer flights and ask bar staff for samples before you buy
- Swallow, never spit – it’s not wine!
If you could drink just one BrewDog beer forever, which would it be?
Punk IPA, hands down!
International Beer Day is one of our favourite days – how did you celebrate?
I celebrated with a beer tasting event at Malmaison Manchester, trying some of my favourite BrewDog beers with guests before heading to the London Craft Beer Festival in Bethnal Green on Friday to introduce more people to some of our great beers and some of our other favourite brewers. Also, at BrewDog, every Friday at 5pm is #PunkOClock, so we crack open a beer and toast to another week on Planet BrewDog.