About 15 years ago a friend introduced me to the delights of Belgian beer and since then I’ve watched excitedly as these heady but wonderfully tasting brews have grown in popularity, not only in supermarkets but also in pubs and bars across the UK.
Ask most people if they like umami and at the very least you’ll probably get a blank stare in return.
But all that’s starting to change as the unusually named food flavour – which is described as the fifth basic taste we can sense after salt, sweet, sour and bitter – is starting to make an impact in the UK as a food condiment.
The UK beer market is undergoing its biggest change since canned lager was first introduced over here in the 1960s.
Lager has dominated the market for over 40 years but now drinkers are seeking out fuller bodied and more flavoursome brews.