Why Doctrine Brewing? What is the doctrine? What does it all mean? These are questions I often receive, and it’s not a simple answer.
When running a brewery there are many issues that will drive a brewery’s decisions. When worrying about sales it’s easy to think about trying to make your beers as accessible as possible. When you start buying your ingredients, it’s very easy to start thinking about how to reduce those costs. And then there is that constant desire to increase production so you can increase sales. Simply put, profit before purpose.
At times like this it is important to remember the things we stand for. Beer that is original, that doesn’t taste like every other beer made by every other brewery. Quality ingredients are non-negotiable, and while something cheaper might be almost as good, it is not as good. If you try to please everyone, you’ll end up exciting no one.
A light wheat based beer with a mild peppery spiciness, followed by a crisp citrus zest. This is a refreshing zesty beer, perfect for a warm afternoon. 4.5% ABV 14 IBU
This porter’s rich malty sweetness, with hints of coffee, dark fruit and toffee, will have your mouth watering in anticipation. Careful though, it packs a punch. 7% ABV 35 IBU
Citrus aromas dominate this wheat IPA, with a subtle spiciness coming through as it warms. A pronounced bitterness balances the malt and alcohol, while the citrus and spicy notes give it a depth that is missing from lighter wheat beers. Despite it's 7% ABV and 45 IBUs, this beer is remarkably easy drinking.
Aging Our Beers
We want you to experience our beers the way we intended, and thus our beers come with a best before date stamped on the rear of the neck tag. This does not mean, however, that our beers cannot be enjoyed after this date.
The best before date is calculated assuming less than optimal storage of the beer during its travels from the brewery to your glass. In many cases this will involve some time outside of the fridge, and beyond this date we cannot guarantee that the beer will be exactly as it was intended. If the beer has been properly looked after though, this date can be safely extended depending on the beer. In fact, if cellared rather than refrigerated, some of our stronger beers will actually improve as time goes on.
Below is some storage advice for our beers:
Æon: This belgian style wheat beer has subtle flavours that will fade with time. Kept in the fridge, this will be slowed, but not halted; so drinking this beer fresh is always preferred. Past the best before date, expect the mouth feel to lessen and the citrusy notes to fade away. It’ll still be an enjoyable beer, but much of its distinctiveness will have gone.
White Dragon: The citrus aroma and flavour will die down as this beer ages, the bitterness will mellow and the alcohol and malt flavours will soften. As with Æon, this will be an enjoyable beer after its best before date, but it will have lost some of its character.
Twisted Talisman: This Baltic Porter only improves with age. Its strong roast flavours will mellow, and others will appear as it ages, adding a complexity that continues to grow. Cellared correctly, this beer will easily last another 18 months from the best before date.