Oh, I'm not denying that American craft beers are not European styles. I'm just saying that English bitters, milds and nut browns, are great beers but they are somehow canonically trapped and because of their subtlety you can't do much with them. The craft beer revolution here is about making a few good beers but also messing with them, and doing unique things with them. To do so with a mild English beer would be like throwing barbecue sauce on sushi. The IPA style took hold here because you can fuck around with it.
Good old American Exceptionalism.
So I guess that British breweries making beers with American hops doesn't show that we can take what others have done to our beers and recreate and improve on it?
Guess I haven't been drinking smoked porters and Black IPAs and Vanilla stouts etc. etc.
The rest of the world creates, America fucks with it. Yup, that's how the world works...
Here's a few beers from a brewery down the road from me:
- Wild Swan (3.5% abv): white gold in colour, aromas of bitter lemon and spices.
- Lord Marples (4.0% abv): named after former owners of Thornbridge Hall, this is a classic bitter, with tastes of honey and caramel.
- Brock (4.1% abv): velvety dark, exceptionally smooth and creamy stout with soft treacle flavours and a full body.
- Lumford (3.9% abv)
- Black Harry (3.9% abv): a mild ale
- Craven Silk (4.0% abv)
- Warp (4.5% abv): brewed to commemorate the anniversary of Warp Films.
- Jaipur IPA (5.9% abv): an India Pale Ale, soft and smooth with massive hoppiness and honey which slowly converts into a powerful but pleasant, enduring, bitter finish.
- St. Petersburg (7.4%, 7.7% or 9% abv): a full bodied stout, chocolaty, malt flavours with a coffee finish and so named because John Morewood, who bought Thornbridge Hall in 1790, made his money selling linen to St Petersburg in Russia.
- Hopton (4.3% abv): burnt gold English pale ale with hints of citrus and biscuit character, this is a showcase of the Bramling Cross hop
- Kipling (5.2% abv): golden blonde beer with an exquisite passionfruit, gooseberry and mango aroma, its initial sweetness and full body are balanced by a lasting grapefruit-like finish. It was the first beer in the UK to be brewed with the Nelson Sauvin hop from New Zealand.
- Chiron (5.0% abv): golden coloured American pale ale with a spicy, citrus aroma which balances tangy fruit with biscuity malt before ending with dry, bitter hops.
- Pollards (5.0% abv): a chocolate stout
- Puja (6.7% abv): IPA brewed with jasmine having a sweet, floral taste with a big hop finish.
- Brother Rabbit (4.0% abv): crisp golden ale with a clean, hoppy aroma and a resinous finish and some bitterness.
- Sequoia (4.5% abv): American amber ale, smooth and velvety with a medium body with hints of roasted hazelnut, toffee and caramel malt flavours.
- Bracia (9.3% abv): an imperial stout
- Calver (7.4% abv): a smooth but powerful imperial rye ESB, deep copper in colour.