Stories of the people and breweries of Europe
The rustic little French building next to a winding little road about ten miles from the Belgian border doesn’t look especially important, but it has had a major influence on American brewing.
How the loss of something we have never seen before can cause such trauma.
There aren’t many words that describe the joyful, social quality of a night at the pub. Well, not in English. Trust the Germans to have just the expression.
Think about what plots have been hatched over those pints, what loves nurtured or mourned, what sonnets penned. Then think of that old way of making beer, which Georgian brewers employed centuries ago. And finally, have another drink of London Pride and tell me you can’t taste something special.
Cask ale is not just the most important symbol of British brewing, it’s also one of the hardest to make beers, the most hand-crafted of beers, and, when it’s made and served properly, the best beers on the planet. Why does no one see this?
Today would have marked the final day in the eight-day Feast of the Holy Father celebration in Bavaria. While the festival's religious observation ended long ago, one aspect of the celebration, a famous monastic beer, has lived a long and healthy life. Here's the full story of Salvator, which you know today as doppelbock.