Beer history researcher Rowel Mulder, in his blog Lost Beers, talks about the many pubs in Antwerp in the 16th century and the variety of beers and wines you could try there.
Peasants having fun at the Swan Tavern
Painting by Peter Brueghel the Younger, “The Peasants Having Fun at the Swan Tavern” (c. 1630). Source: Wikimedia Commons
There are many cities in Belgium where you can spend the whole night moving from one pub to another. There is everything here: dark places hidden behind narrow medieval portals, and brightly lit eateries for simple hard workers. But the best place to walk around the pubs is Antwerp: here you will find sailors, students, the elderly hippies, workers and drunken Dutch. In the sixteenth century, the situation was not much different from the modern one, according to someone who knows a lot about booze: Bacchus himself, the god of winemaking. Continue reading
Repeating your favorite variety is much more difficult than just brewing beer at home (although in both cases you will need some basic skills). But you should not set a goal to create an exact copy – it’s enough to brew a more or less similar drink, and who knows, you might even be able to improve the classic variety!
The Beer Judges Certification Program (BJCP) Style Guide (BJCP) contains a copy of the beer category, which is often misunderstood. If you, for example, welded an exact copy of the Firestone Walker Union Jack, perfectly fitting into the style, then its place is in the same category as the original: your perfect FWUJ will be classified as American IPA. Continue reading
In 2019, several interesting trends were observed in the craft beer market: the growing popularity of NEIPA, the emergence of many new sauers and (finally) the return of high-quality lagers. But what surprises does 2020 prepare for us?
Matthew Curtis: “It’s time for crafting to go beyond the boundaries of his own world”
For British beer, 2018 was the year of ups and downs. Large brewing companies are increasingly buying craft breweries – as is the case with Beavertown and Fourpure, for example. Depending on your point of view, this can be considered both a positive phenomenon, because more and more people get the opportunity to enjoy good beer, and as a negative trend, indicating that large brewers are digging their teeth deeper into craft. Meanwhile, the world’s largest brewing company, AB InBev, has opened the Goose Island Pub Brewery in the Shoreditch district of London. On the other hand, I personally was very saddened by the closure of one of my favorite London beer bars – Mason & Company. Continue reading