Is it Best for Local Breweries to be Locally Owned?

Amongst beer lovers, it is widely assumed that local breweries being locally owned is always for the best, but are they right to think so? The British Drinker’s Loss It is a sad moment for beer lovers when their local brewery is taken over by large outside organisation. Time and …

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Which Are the Big Brewing Corporations?

What do Boddingtons, Staropramen, Budweiser and Stella Artois all have in common besides being very popular beers? All are owned by colossal multi-national brewing corporations – but who are these beer behemoths? Is My Beer for Real? When you sup a beer many different aspects are absorbed other than simply …

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The Truth About Germany’s Beer Laws

Germans have long been proud of their historic beer purity laws. But are these rulings really responsible for the high quality beer or are they actually doing more harm than good? German Beer Purity Laws First drawn up by a Bavarian duke in 1516, the Reinheitsgebot is claimed to be …

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Touring the Breweries of the Czech Republic

Beer lovers making a pilgrimage to one of its historic heartlands, the Czech Republic, would be recommended to tour both its famous breweries and its burgeoning culture of microbreweries. Historic Pilsen and Budweis Two destinations that are a given on any Czech brewery tour itinerary are Ceské Budejovice (Budweis in …

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Sampling the Local Beers of the German Capital

It may be the capital of a renowned brewing nation but Berlin is no beer mecca, but there are promising signs that homegrown beer production is starting to improve. German Capital is no Beer Capital As Germany is one of the most celebrated beer nations on earth one might expect …

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How the Czech Beer Market is Diversifying Again

Where once Czech beer production was richly diverse, it is now 99.9% lager, but there are promising signs that the beer market is starting to diversify once again. Golden Lager Nation The Czech Republic is justly celebrated across the world for the superior quality of its beer, but in ‘beer’ …

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Tasting German Wheat Beer

Once you get accustomed to its unusual strong wheat taste, few beers can quench a thirst in the heat of the summer like the German Weissbier. The Home of Wheat Beer Recent enthusiasm across Europe and the USA for the distinctive ‘summery’ charms of wheat beer belies the fact that …

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