Brewers Q&A: Danny Pearson, The Angel Microbrewery

Nottingham has a beer scene that other cities would envy. Over the last few years especially, Nottingham-based breweries and beer continue to grow and, in celebration of Nottingham's thriving beer culture, we've decided to have a quick chat to some of the brewers that make this city's beer so great. Next up: Danny Pearson, Head Brewer at The Angel Microbrewery...

Name one beer you’ve made that everyone should try...
The obvious answer would be Pale Angel. It’s the first beer we brewed, it’s always available and it’s a classic tasty pale ale. Although, my personal favourite of our beers would be our black IPA, Black Angel. It’s got loads of fruity hops and hints of darker malts to give that dark colour with chocolate and roasty flavours.

Are there any styles of beer you wish to brew in the future?
We’ll keep playing around with different hop combinations in pales and IPAs. I think they’ll always be the best-selling style, but I definitely want to experiment more. I’d like to try brewing some fruit beers and maybe some wheat beers or saisons.

All of your beers are vegan-friendly as you don’t filter your beer with isinglass. What are the benefits of this?
I guess the main benefit is accessibility. I’d rather more people drink our beers, particularly when fining beers for the sake of clarity just seems so unnecessary. The fining and filtering process can also strip out some of the flavour. Skipping that step means that the beer can be as full-flavoured as possible.

Being a microbrewery attached to a pub, is it rewarding to see people enjoying your beer in front of your eyes?
Absolutely! It’s great to see people enjoying the beers and them selling well over the bar, and it’s really useful having direct feedback from people trying them. I think customers also like drinking the beers and seeing the equipment used to make them; there are always interested people with lots of questions.

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