Beer Types – Pale Ale

Ok, the first type of beer we touched on is India Pale Ale. I realize that I should have done Pale Ale’s first before branching out with the sub-genres of Pale Ales. Resulting from an innovation in brewing technology, pale ale was created by brewers in Burton-on-Trent in England were looking for a way to produce a more consistent and paler beer. They found that coke, a processed form of coal that burns hot and steady, gave them the desired effect – a clear, amber or copper colored ale, which was far paler than any British ales till then.

Pale malt is used to make pale ale. The traditional British pale ale style, which includes bitter and ESB, is a very pleasant and understated beer. It has a malty profile and just enough woody or lightly floral hops for balancing. British pale ales tend to be maltier in flavor and less hoppy so they can be enjoyed with a wider variety of foods including spicy dishes from India and Asia. They are also good with the blander dishes of the UK. Pale ales brewed outside of England, especially those from America, tend to be hoppier with less malt flavor so they go best with simpler dishes such as grilled meat.

The beer featured is one of the recommended Pale ales by a lot of beer experts – Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

A Great Survival Story

A Swedish man snowed in his car survived for two months while being trapped in. The 45-year-old man, who had no food, was huddled inside a sleeping bag, emaciated, and close to death when he was discovered by people on snowmobiles on Friday. He told his rescuers that he was trapped in his car from December 19, 2011. Doctors say that this rare kind of situation, was probably because his snowed in became like an igloo, which is why he has managed to get through this cold, which went down to -30 centigrade in that area.

No-one is sure why the man, identified in the media as Peter Skyllberg, apparently chose to stay in the car at the end of a road leading off a major highway, but it has certainly attracted attention from around the world. Bertil Wallin, who has been covering the story for the local newspaper the Vasterbotten Courier, said the man had been eating snow. “Nothing else. He had food for one day and I think he had decided to stay with the car for some reason that no one knows why,” he said.

No-one has missed him during this time which sounds sad. His full story of two months with nothing but melted snow may never be told and, if his rescuers had been a little less curious, one of the most remarkable stories of all time would never have survived – and nor would he.