by Nathan Hak Beer journalist at Beerwulf
Rick is beer sommelier at Het Bierplein, beer blogger and author of the book ‘Bier’.
Whether there really will be something like “the flavour of 2019'... I doubt it. Wood-aged beers have a steady fan base, there are still a lot of hard hopheads, sour beers are no longer seen as ‘garbage’ - in short, we've had it all. I think that the average beer lover just wants “a good beer”, instead of one specific style or flavour. Perhaps 'the flavour of 2019' can be best described as "taking flavour seriously again".
As far as I am concerned, lager deserves more attention in 2019. Especially the pilsners that don’t follow the herd or try to be the biggest flavour divider. Crispy hopped, ideally a 'Keller' quality (so unfiltered and unpasteurised, which is something very different than "***** Unfiltered"). This will allow the flavours from the malt - which can be as diverse and varied as the taste effects of hops or yeast - to get more attention. "Respect the malt!"
In short: let 2019 become the "Year of beer quality" - so let all (Dutch) breweries pay close attention to it! If we continue to increase average quality, 2019 promises to be an exceptionally tasty year.