German brewers take their hops seriously and this festival was organised to celebrate the 2017 hop harvest. Bäm Bäm Bräu is a nano-brewery collaborative in Cologne Ehrenfeld run by 6 incredibly passionate home brewers. They kindly invited Ale-Mania to pour beers last night at the third annual hop harvest festival and to get a little … Continue reading Hopfendankfest at Bäm Bäm Bräu in Cologne
When we were invited to pour Ale-Mania beer at the annual beer festival in Lingen the first thought that crossed my mind was where the hell is Lingen? With the help of Google Maps and Wikipedia I learnt that Lingen is a small northern German town in the federal state Lower Saxony, not far from … Continue reading Lingener Bierkultur festival, September 2017
So it is no secret that I am a huge fan of Franconia and during my time living and working in Germany I am becoming increasingly fascinated by this region and its unique beer culture. One aspect of this that I came across recently is the Gemeindebrauhaus concept, which dates back to a time when … Continue reading Brewing in a former Gemeindebrauhaus
In this globalised beer market there is a fluid exchange of beery knowledge and brewing expertise and this is undoubtedly a great thing. The Bavarian brewer Gabriel Sedlmayr II first introduced the Brits to bottom fermented lager beer in the 1830s (which came decades before foreign, premium lager was commercialised and subsequently bastardised in the … Continue reading Warm, flat English beer in Germany
For most brewers on this planet the brewing process begins in the brewery. Makes sense, right? Whether the process begins by milling the malt, or if you are a home brewer/do not own a mill, brewing can even start by mashing in. However, the German brewer dials things back one step and endorses the idea … Continue reading Harvest time in a Franconian malt house
Since I started my brewing course at Fritz-Henßler Berufskolleg in Dortmund in December 2016 I have not only been lucky enough to learn a great deal of theory and science relating to brewing and brewing technology, but I have also, perhaps equally as importantly, learnt about what it means to be a ‘German brewer’, even … Continue reading A few things that make the German brewer tick
It will come as no surprise to many that new breweries are popping up all over world and Germany is no exception to the trend. The Deutscher Brauer Bund (German brewers association) announced in 2016 that 107 new breweries were registered between 2005-2015. A cause for celebration, hurrah! However, what the Brauer Bund fails to … Continue reading What’s with all the gypsy brewing in Germany?