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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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Saint Arnoldus

Saint Arnoldus

Beer enthusiasts have claimed several historical persons. The legend of Gambrinus is one of those stories. Another well-known patron saint is Arnold of Soissons, better known as Saint Arnoldus. Arnold (then Arnulf) was born in 1040 in Tiegem, Belgium. At the age of thirty, he entered Saint Medardus Abbey in Soissons, France. There he lived […]

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Beer Yoga

Namaste! June 21 has been designated International Yoga Day. These spiritual, physical and mental exercises have their origin in Hinduism. That’s all very well, but what exactly does this have to do with beer? Around 2013, a new, playful form of yoga emerged in the United States. While it’s not exactly clear where or how […]

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