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Craft Beer to Complement Your Meal

These days, when dining at a high-class restaurant, you may find that you are offered more than just the traditional wine list: top chefs are discovering that craft beers also make an ideal accompaniment, and can even add some extra kick to their dishes. Craft beer is causing a real stir in the restaurant trade. With a huge variety of...

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India Pale Ale – Probably the Most Important Style in the Craft Beer Scene

Once the drink of choice for British soldiers, IPA has a long history and is still evolving even now. India Pale Ale (IPA) is considered the mother of all beers within the international craft beer movement, but it only came about as an emergency solution. In the late 18th century, the British wanted to ship their ale to the Indian...

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Look-out: Sossna gets the overview at Sachsenmilch

Today I would like to tell you about a very special press visit I went on. Travel to and from the location was a bit difficult, but it was well worth it. “Molke 5” is the latest extension to the whey-processing operations of Sachsenmilch in Leppersdorf, near Dresden. Sachsenmilch is part of the Theo Müller group of companies. Whey is...

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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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In the Cafeteria

My career as a traveling reporter and business tourist brings me to some far-flung locations and sometimes even to the very centers of power. Be it audiences with local leaders from the dairy industry or ministers in the German Chancellor’s bungalow in Bonn (when Bonn was still the seat of government) one might say I’ve been everywhere. However, I have...

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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,...

Christina Maier (drinktec), Alexander Berger (PRO FachHANDEL) and Miss drinktec Petra Westphal are very happy about the cooperation

Important News for drinktec 2017

Great News for all participants of drinktec 2017: For the first time PRO FachHANDEL, the specialist and order trade fair for the entire German beverage and convenience trade, will be held in Munich. It will take place on September 14 and 15 parallel to drinktec (September 11-15, 2017), the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry....

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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...