MORE and more beer drinkers are moving away from the big brands and trying craft brews.
Pubs and clubs are catering for these changing tastes and now offer a number of craft beers on tap.
In step with this trend is the number of people now brewing their own and places such as Brewers Choice at West Ipswich are supplying them with not only the ingredients, but also the knowledge to brew a great beer of their own at home.
Last weekend the Switch Hotel held their first Beer Appreciation Day and a number of home brewers went along to get the inside oil from expert brewers.
The key tips handed out included using better water, reducing the mount of sugar they were using and selecting the right yeast.
The brewers also explained the importance of de-chlorinating water and getting the brewing temperature right.
The Switch publican, Ray Smith, said he was delighted with the turnout for his first Beer Appreciation Day.
“More and more people are having a go at brewing their own and we want to help them create their best tasting beer so we will be looking at doing a similar event once a month,” he said.
Expert beer maker, Dean Tummers from Brewers Choice, ran the weekend event and gave those who attended a sample of some of his recent creations.