I just believe in beer

(With apologies to John Lennon) Beer is a concept By which we swallow our pain I’ll say it again Beer is a concept By which we swallow our pain   I don’t believe in Belgian Quadruples I don’t believe in NEIPAs I don’t believe in double-dry-hopping I don’t believe in trademarks for independence I don’t believe in tap takeovers I […]

Does UNESCO really believe that the beer culture of Belgium is worth protecting over that of Germany?

At the end of November 2016, the eleventh session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage took place. During this session, the decision was finalised to inscribe “Beer culture in Belgium” into the Representative List of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’. In 2013, the German Brewer’s Association had launched a similar application for UNESCO […]

Blind Tasting: German Export Beers

Introduction On 3rd December 2016, a blind tasting was held at Hopfen & Malz with the focus this time on “Export” beers from German breweries. The key goals we wanted to address in the tasting were: qualitative comparison of export beers brewed by German brewers verify the assumption that genuine Dortmunder Export is a true unique style that differentiates itself […]

MUTED HORN – Opening Party, Thursday, 06.10

Great news for all beer lovers in Berlin: there is a new dedicated craft beer bar opening next week: MUTED HORN Planned and custom built over the last months by the Canadian owners Jenia Semenova and Corbin Crnkovic, the bar is set to become a beer lover’s paradise in Neukölln in the south of Berlin. The selection on offer is ambitious from from the […]