Stories of the people and breweries of Europe
Lithuania has one of the most interesting and unusual brewing traditions in the world, and should be on your short list for foreign travel. Here’s a primer.
Polish brewing is vibrant and growing, led by smaller, American-style breweries. But I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for them to start making Poland’s quirky, ancient style of grodziskie anytime soon.
Few countries have extant brewing traditions as old as Austria’s, or contain the fixtures of historic brewing countries. It’s also one of only three countries where the standard mass market lager is equivalent in quality and flavor to so-called craft beers elsewhere.
A Belgian cafe is like no drinking experience on earth.
Brouwerij Roman near Oudenaarde isn’t one of Belgium’s most-famous, but it may be the most beautiful. Oh, Roman also inadvertently created something very like brut IPA. Here’s a peek inside.
The modern beer hunter does not find himself on country roads, but near the forgotten industrial fringes of a city, far from tourists.
The entire beer world is in flux, and with each new brewery—especially those in traditional, beer-brewing countries, things become simultaneously clearer and more confusing.
A photographic peek inside Manchester’s JW Lees, now in it’s 193rd year.
The state of cask is not good—and hasn’t been for decades. Craft brewing was originally seen as the latest threat, but does it offer the means to salvation?
Rare is a place where the pub, not the brewery, is the soul of a company. Manchester’s Marble Arch is one of them. Oh, they happen to make one of the best cask ales I’ve ever tasted, as well.
A photographic peek inside one of Britain’s iconic cask ale breweries.
London’s extremely expensive real estate creates a substantial barrier for new brewery start-ups, but about a fifth of them have found a curious workaround.
Day one in London and I’ve already made a discovery. Combine New World hops and hopping techniques along with old-world bitter ale and something remarkable results.
Like many large multinational corporations, Carlsberg is trying to figure out how to sell beer in the craft era. Unlike most, it has unique Scandinavian challenges.
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.