Beer is the new wine!Germany beware: Reinheitsgebot #rebels are there!
For centuries high quality of #German beer was associated with #Reinheitsgebot: anyone claiming to abide by this “German beer purity law" had to use exclusively water, #barley and #hops in the brewing process. Some beer connoisseurs claim that this dating to the 15th century law was an impediment for development of #beer art, and is the explanation for the Pilsner taste domination in German beers. The 21st century brings about a break from tradition: in recent years craft beer started gaining its foot on the German soil, #microbreweries started popping up around the country.
Craft beer stands for “all natural” ingredients, sourced locally and not limited to the three “Purity pillars” (the ingredients have to be honestly listed on the bottle). #Craftbeer is brewed in a small independent brewery. The “freedoms” taken by craft beer producers bring about new exciting tastes and aromas. This is the theory. I popped over to #Braustil in #Frankfurt to taste for myself. Braustil brew their beer in a real micro-micro brewery (so micro it fits into a small backroom) in the middle of the city. The brewery only produces beer to serve and sell in their tiny pub, and in another secret pop up location in Frankfurt (to be talked about later). The beers they serve change seasonally. This month I was lucky to taste their spelt beer - an extremely flavourful drink - with flowery and malty taste and fruity aroma (which producers describe as banana aroma). Another beer on offer was brewed similarly to traditional #Belgian Tripel lambic beers, where the brewers use up three times the amount of malt than the standard beers. This gives the beer a big, dense, creamy taste (they are also slightly sweet and higher in alcohol). It is further fermented by being exposed to milk bacteria, giving the beer a distinctive sour aftertaste. New exciting aromas: check! New unexpected taste: check! Did I like it? Check! #toursforcooks #tourtogermany #tourtofrankfurt #germanbeer #beerday #culinarytour #germanfood #foodie #culinaryjourney #weekend