BSB: Why we call our beers what they’re called

Like most craft brewers we’re constantly brewing up new recipes that we think you’ll love and we like to name them from the start, but sometimes between idea and beer we have to change our mind – we thought we should explain.

It won’t have passed you by that over the last five years the craft-brewing world has grown spectacularly, and with more and more brewers starting up there’s been more and more innovation and creativity.

In fact, there’s been so much amazing creativity that India Pale Ale – previously just the umbrella for three or four types – can now be split up into ten or more and the lines between them have got finer.

So while many brewers have chosen to give their beers special names we’ve stuck with naming ours simply.

So when we make a Farmhouse IPA we call it Bad Seed Brewery Farmhouse IPA and that simple system has served us well over the last x years.

Our names mean you know exactly what you’re getting from us, and we get to spend more time thinking up great new ideas for what to brew next.

In short: everyone’s happy, but it’s not always quite as straightforward as you might expect when it comes to a new brew.

If you didn’t already know, unlike a cake where what you put in at the start tends to tell you what will come out the other end, the differences between the types of beer we brew comes from both the different types of the ingredients we use to brew beer and the flavours that come out at the end.

Belgian IPA, as the name suggests, uses predominantly Belgian yeast to produce a beer similar in appearance to an English IPA but with a more complex, spicy and fruity taste.

Dark IPA, on the other hand, uses darker malt to produce a darker, black appearance and stronger tastes of roasted malt than yeast.

Craft brewing, as its name suggests, is much more of an art than a science and as we brew up new ideas blending ingredients together with different brewing temperatures and conditions, we sometimes find that we’re treading a fine line between two different types.

In fact sometimes it’s not until the first tasting session that we make up our minds about what to call our tasty new creation. So on the rare occasion that happens, we change the name we were planning to use and you get to buy the beer you expected. Simple.

All the best ideas start with a bad seed.

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