Category: Beer

A collage of poets and thinkers

Famous beer drinkers and their philosophies

The favorite drink of many poets and thinkers, such as Luther, Shakespeare and Hemingway, traditionally has been beer. Their own literature lends many references to the amber nectar — here are the 10 best quotations:

Three glasses of beer

Uncomplicated with high drinkability: German beer styles in the global fast lane

Following a trend for potent alcoholic and aromatic concoctions, creative brewers are now increasingly turning to uncomplicated beer styles that with high drinkability. Their journey takes them straight to traditional varieties such as lager, pils and wheat beer – but with a highly experimental twist. Whether in the U.S., Belgium, or Germany, the creative beer market, still in its infancy,...

A bottle of a strong beer called Sink The Bismarck

The contest for the world’s strongest beer

For many beer fans, the strong-beer season marks the most important time of the year. But beyond joining in the merry, boozy strong-beer festivities, aficionados can explore a few brews with alcohol contents similar to those of spirits. In an exciting contest to be crowned “the world’s strongest beer,” a Franconian brew currently holds the top spot. 

Abbey breweries: Kloster Andechs

Holy brews

Abbey breweries are regarded as the pioneers of a centuries-old beer culture. Some abbeys still produce special beers brewed to age-old recipes that are considered among the best in the world. Now, several German convents and monasteries have joined forces to maintain this heritage.

A brewing pot

Small-scale brewing: a homebrewer’s paradise

Now that more and more people are brewing their own beers at home, the homebrew scene is really taking off. At the last drinktec in September, visitors were thrilled to see a huge range of equipment on offer from a number of different exhibitors.

Hands full of hops

Hops: a green gold rush

The craft beer movement’s dynamic growth is transforming the global market for hops. New flavor varieties are causing the whole industry to flourish, and its key developments were on show at the recent drinktec.

Freshly kilned malt

Malt factories bank on flavor diversity

More and more brewers are demanding distinctive specialty roasts from their malt producers to give their beer an unmistakable flavor kick. Major producers presented these new malt trends at drinktec and showed how they are responding to the craft beer scene.

Different glasses for different types of beer

Trend: The right glass for every beer

Glassware manufacturers are playing their part in the growing diversity of new beer styles. At this year’s drinktec, there were more glasses on offer than ever before. Many producers showed off unusual design innovations and set new trends.

The fifth World Championship title went to beer sommelier Stephan Hilbrandt of Bonn.

New world champion beer sommelier crowned in Munich

The fifth World Championship of Beer Sommeliers was held last Sunday at the Munich trade fair just before the opening of drinktec. Interest in the competition had never been higher – most likely because of the current fascination with craft beer. The title went to 32-year-old Stephan Hilbrandt of Bonn.