brewery from Dorchester
It is believed that the first Belgian beer appeared during the Crusades in the XII century. Local monasteries brewed and sold beer to earn on charitable deeds. In addition, it was an alternative to water, which in those days was often unsuitable for consumption.
Today in Belgium produce more than 1,500 varieties of beer. Many local breweries use not only the usual bottom and top fermentation, but also spontaneous and mixed fermentation. Hence the hallmarks of Belgian varieties – a variety of tastes.
Palm dates back to 1686 as a hotel brewery in the town of Stenhuffel. By the middle of the eighteenth century, Palm was already quite a successful local brewery selling beer to residents of the city and surrounding villages. Having survived the First and Second World Wars, as well as the crisis of Belgian brewing, Palm still brews beer in the same Stenhuffel, but is already part of the Royal Swinkels Family Brewers large family business. Continue reading
Surely in your favorite beer store you have often caught the eye of a bottle with the words “brewed with natural flavors.” What does this mean?
In fact, it can mean almost anything. But do not think that this post is from the series “You Won’t Believe What They Add to Your Beer”
I became interested in natural flavors because of the growing popularity of “craft beer,” which flourishes by adding a variety of ingredients of this kind. Blue Moon, America’s most popular beer, also contains natural flavors, as well as the Leinenkugel line of shandy beer cocktails, which in 2013 became the fastest growing segment of the beer market.
However, not only large manufacturers add natural flavorings to beer – they can also be found in beer from Sam Adams, Shipyard, Rogue and many other US breweries. Continue reading
Four years ago, John Hall invited me to perform at a beer festival that was once held by the now defunct All About Beer Magazine. One of the “speakers” was Mary Itzett, who at that time was on a tour in support of her recently published book on home brewing, Speed Brewing. She came to the festival with her husband Chris Kusme, and I had a chance to spend a little time with them. (Those who are familiar with this couple – and there are many of them – know how interesting and charismatic they are, the mention of which involuntarily gives a smile.) In the following months and years, I followed Mary and her husband on Facebook, watching behind how they slowly but surely took their passion for home brewing to the professional level by opening the Fifth Hammer Brewing brewery in Long Island City. Continue reading