You Are Extra Special! And So Are These Beers.
Yes, you are! What does ESB stand for anyway? The Extra-Sensory Board...English Salty Beer...Edible Sauce Bucket?? Traditionally, ESB stands for Extra Special Bitter. But, this beer has a pretty confusing history. A very close cousin to an English IPA, ESB was a forerunner catch-all style for most early English beers. Ahead of its time, new ESB styles erupted as brewing methods evolved and brewers became more technical. While most still use an English yeast strain to coax out that traditional flavor, you can find American brewers putting their own take on this beer style as well today.
We think Drinking Socially podcast hosts Harrison Hickok (@harrybeerbeard) and Jon Dispenza (@drinkingwithjon) are pretty special too. Fittingly, this week they're unlocking the You're Extra Special badge. Tune into this week's episode to see why Harrison and Jon love these ESBs for the delightful combination of malt and hop bitterness. And then go out and try a new...well, old style.
To earn this badge, whether you're feeling extra special or extra strong, stopping by the local pub for a delicious Extra Special/Strong Bitter or English Bitter is always a good decision! That's twenty different beers with the style of Extra Special/Strong Bitter or English Bitter. Check-in five beers with the style of Extra Special/Strong Bitter or English Bitter. Try five more for Level 5!
Harrison and Jon are starting with an extra special ESB called Morland Old Speckled Hen from Greene King. Rich, smooth toffee and malt combine with bitterness on the back of the tongue for a perfectly balanced sweetness. This is the perfect example of an extra special bitter beer.
Go ahead, feel special. Tune into this week's episode of Drinking Socially on YouTube or listen wherever you grab your favorite podcasts.