Brewed by Kitchen Brew
Style: Blonde Ale
North American craft beer scene implanted in Switzerland, that is what Kitchen Brew are all about. Fabian Ehinger, brewer and founder of Kitchen Brew, inspired by the craft beer revolution in the USA, drinking imports from the States made his mind wander……what if!
Finally, in spring 2012, Fabian moved to North America. On a six-month trip across the USA, he was inspired by what he had seen, from small home brewing startups based in kitchens to mega bars with 100 plus taps on the go, Fabian took it all in……. and not all industrial beers too, he discovered a wide variety of specialties of all beer types imaginable .
As a barman and manager of a small bar in Basel, North Switzerland, Fabian could get a birds eye view of the US craft beer imports and see what made them click with consumers. He started to create a few of his own beers with highly aromatic hops and made with innovative brewing techniques such as dry hopping. He worked from an empty kitchen hence the name of the brewery……Kitchen Brew! His customers were kind of like his guinea pigs, testing his new beers and seeing if North American craft beer trends could catch on in this part of the world.
After guest brewing for local breweries, in and around the Basel region, Fabian finally got to open, with the support of Peter Oppliger, his new factory and event hall in the small suburb of Allschwil, near Basel, in November 2016, becoming one of the youngest microbreweries in Switzerland.
In 2013, a Cascade Amber Ale was their first real foray onto the scene. The initial beer got off to a great start, proving very popular amongst the great Swiss drinking public, and also going on to win numerous awards for its taste and quality. After that came other beers, Kölsch style brews, wheat beers with Belgian yeasts, the usual IPA’s that are the connoisseurs oh so love, a variety of beers but all well balanced and pleasant to drink.
Review: 33cl bottle of Kitchen Brew Everyday Pale Ale: 5.2% vol.
Bought in Swiss supermarket Coop, bottle comes with nice big lettering which stands out, showing that sometimes simplicity does work, no flashy logos or silly imagery, plain and simple, I like that. Calls itself a Swiss craft bier.
On pour I get a nice clear golden coloured beer with a massive frothy white head. A good bit of carbonation making this beer appear alive!
Not much comes out of the small bottle, but when it all eventually settles it looks good.
Head maintains well, a good bit of lacing and a decent looking beer.
On the nose I am getting a faint whiff of the light wheaty malts and barley, faint though. A lagery smell overall, citric and light hops.
The initial taste is one of a lagery feel, wheaty and all the hops detected.
With the hops very prominent this isn’t just another boring lager, there is some clear character in this brew. On the light level but enough to stand out. A little sour perhaps but manageable all the same.
Overall its an enjoyable beer, easy to drink, the taste is smooth and crisp, and I am enjoying the nice big creamy mouthfuls I am getting.
It is a beer to relax with, and light enough to enjoy. Will buy again, and look forward to trying out their other varieties.