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Saint Patrick’s Day

What was once a local custom, has grown to become a global phenomenon. We are talking about Saint Patrick’s Day, one of the biggest beer related festivities in the world. Saint Patrick’s Day started in the fifth century as a religious memorial of Ireland’s most recognized patron saint. But even then, beer was a big […]

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The History of Wheat

The history of Wheat Beer

Most beer lovers know what wheat brings to your beer: a somewhat creamy – sometimes even wee – taste with a subtle sour edge. Although barley is now the dominant brewing grain, this was not always the case. The history of wheat beers is in fact the history of beer itself. Through Sumerian records we […]

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Christmas Beer

Christmas beer… The name alone reminds one of warming, herbal flavours. Yet Christmas beer is far from a defined style. The recipes are simply too diverse. And there is a reason for that! The spirit of Christmas Past At the end of the nineteenth century, Christmas beer didn’t exist. At that time – believe it […]

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Nearly forgotten: Kuit (Koyt)

Since the rise of craft brewing, a lot of historical, nearly forgotten beer styles have been resurrected from oblivion. Today, we will take a look at our “own” Kuit, also known as Koyt, Kuyt, Koite or Dutch Kuit. In the thirteenth century, beers were very different from what we drink now. It was a very […]

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A guide to non-alcoholic beer

Not so long ago, non-alcoholic beers had a bad name. They usually were watery, light versions of the big beer brands. Honestly, most people only drank it when they had to drive, but wanted to drink something that remotely tasted like beer. At first, the Craft revolution didn’t help much. Because they rarely brewed pilsners […]

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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is the largest beer festival in the world. It originated in Germany, but today it is celebrated all over the globe. The very first Oktoberfest was held in 1810, for the wedding of Princess Theresia of Saxe-Hildburghausen and Crown Prince Lodewijk of Bavaria. The five-day festivities included horse races and a celebration of culture […]

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