Category: Beer

Belgian beer culture

Belgian beer added to world heritage list

From Lambic right through to Trappist beer: Belgium boasts an enormous variety of beers, unrivaled by most other countries on the planet. Now, the Belgians’ passion for their favorite drink has been rewarded by Unesco.

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The Ladies Are Back When it Comes to Brewing

For a long time, beer was seen by many women as a drink of little interest. However, they are now back “stirring at the old brewing kettle”, training to become qualified beer sommelières and choosing careers in the brewing trade – all thanks to the craft beer movement.

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Brewing Beer like Barack Obama

A new trend is emerging in basements, laundry rooms and garages across Germany. Increasing numbers of amateur brewers are producing their own beers at home – just like US President Barack Obama. While doing so, they quickly learn how to handle hops and malt but, when it comes to yeast, most still lack the necessary expertise. This recent trend for...

500 years of German Purity Law

From Jimson Weed to Oxblood

This year, the German Purity Law is celebrating its 500th anniversary. However, there are a number of bizarre legends surrounding what is claimed to be the world’s oldest food law. Join me for a journey through the history of beer. It was a turbulent time when the law was introduced back in 1516, with peasant uprisings, the Reformation, rebellion, famine,...

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Beer curiosities from across the brew-niverse

The international beer scene is constantly surprising us with new and extraordinary beverages. Beyond the realms of the German Purity Law, brewers are using weird and wonderful ingredients which, despite their dubious nature, are still able to win us over from time to time with their original flavor profiles. Before the German Purity Law was passed in 1516, brewers would...

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Innovation and Fighting Spirit at the Brew Kettle

Bright green hop juice, a beer made using wine yeast, and chai tea: Once a year, students at the Technical University of Munich in Weihenstephan unleash their creative potential in an innovation competition. Recently, they have presented their ideas in front of a panel of prestigious judges.

Grain varieties form different malts

How does beer get its color?

Pale, dark or black beer: grain varieties are dried to form different malts, which give the beer its color and flavor. But how does it work?

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What is ‘craft’ beer?

A new beer culture is currently emerging around the world. In virtually all corners of the globe, young brewers are developing special recipes or seeking new inspiration from traditional brewing techniques. They have taken it upon themselves to fight the “samey” beers produced by large brewers. Their magic words are “bravery,” “character,” and “creativity.” This is no different in Germany,...

Hops - The Soul of Beer

The Soul of Beer

Cascade, Callista or Mandarina Bavaria: Water already starts to run in the mouth of craft brewers and beer lovers when they hear these names. Hops are one of the key ingredients in creative beers. In addition, new and exciting new varieties are being launched on the market just now.

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Pleasure Revolution from a Can

Canned beer leaves its dingy corner. More and more craft brewers rely on chic aluminum containers that also provide ideal protection for the contents.