Choosing from the wide array of beers available in Nairobi can be tricky (especially during Brew Bistro’s Oktoberfest!). Just like wines and whiskies beers are complex and varied too. Here’s a break down of what each beer is, including the award-winning brews available all over Nairobi this month from Big 5 Breweries!Lagers
Lagers are brewed with yeast that ferments at the bottom of the tank. They are stored in very cold temperatures for a longer time to produce a beer that is clean and clearer, smooth, refreshing with a light aroma and flavor. Lagers are always served cold and are easy to pair with foods.Ales
Ales are brewed with the top fermenting style and stored in higher temperatures producing a darker beer (rich gold to reddish amber). Ales are full bodied, fruity flavored and complex which makes them slightly harder to pair with foods. But are great on their own!Stouts & Porters
Porter is an almost black, fruity flavored, dry beer brewed with a top fermenting style. Stout is also a black, roast brew made by top fermentation but is not as sweet. It has a rich, creamy head and is colored and flavored with barley gives it a dark, coffee-like character.
Usually dark and sweet with a slight amount of of caramel, toffee, and nuts. They vary from light to full bodied.
P.S: lighter beers have a light wheat or barley malt which is what makes it light in colour. A stout contains a darker malt and is richer in flavor. The darker the beer means more calories and mostly more alcohol content.
Brew Bistro & Lounge‘s proud Big 5 Breweries Creations (enjoy at participating bars across Nairobi this month)
ChuliKolsch (Alc. 4.8%v/v)–Perfectly refreshing, 100% malt, German style pale blonde ale, crystal clear drink with a light body, medium bitterness & clean taste.
Simpils (Alc. 5.2%v/v)-The champagne of beers, a classic medium bodied 100% malt Pilsner with a complex but well balanced malty character, a flowery hop aroma, a dry finish & a golden blond color with excellent clarity.
Temstout (Alc. 5.2%v/v)-Liquid Goodness, a classic black full bodied beer with a lovely creamy head, signature aroma of coffee, roasted malt & dark chocolate. A fine fulsome stout with with a pleasant bitter aftertaste.
Nyatipa (Alc. 6.5%v/v)-Art in Fermented Form, a 100% malt deep copper colored style pale ale, well rounded, bitter, medium bodied with an ideal head of foam.
Kifabock (Alc. 6.5%v/v)-Great Minds Drink Alike, full bodied 100% malt, Belgian style Dubbel Bock with an intense malt flavour, chocolaty & caramel overtones, a lightly hopped aroma & a golden brown colour.