The last and final part of the beer sommelier course! With a group of enthusiastic fellow beer students from all parts of Holland I spent an exciting two days in Austria learning more about German and Austrian beer styles, barrel aging, glassware and beer and food pairing. An experience to never forget. Here are a few highlights from that inspirational trip.
Sometimes, if you’ve been walking around a Christmas market all day or you’re just plain cold, you may need a little something extra to warm you up. How about a hot drink! Here are a few ideas to make two of my favorite winter warmers.
You most likely know France as a wine country, but did you know that they have more than 1200 breweries in France? Here are 5 fun facts about French beer.
Fish bladders in beer? Isn’t beer typically made from barley malt, water, hops and yeast? Not always! Read on for tips to find out if your beer is veggie or vegan!
One of the things I love most about Rotterdam is its innovative spirit and how it embraces new developments and sustainable solutions. Uit Je Eigen Stad, which literally translates as ‘From Your Own City’ is one of those great initiatives, an urban farm that grows its own produce to serve in their restaurant. What better place to have Rotterdam’s first beer festival this February, featuring only local beers?
After spontaneously starting this blog in April last year, things took a more serious turn when I signed up for the Dutch Stibon beer sommelier training in September. I learned a lot of new things and it actually made me even more enthusiastic about the world of beer. If you’re thinking about following the Dutch Stibon beer sommelier course or are just interested in what you learn on the road to becoming a beer sommelier, here are some of the cool things I discovered.
New Year’s Eve is traditionally the night for bubbly. Not a champagne lover? Here are a few ideas how to have a festive NYE with beer.
What better way to celebrate Christmas than with gorgeous winter ales? Though it may seem like another marketing ploy, the real story in fact is much more interesting than that.
Did you know Iceland makes great craft beer? Well, they do! Here are five other things you probably didn’t know about Icelandic beer!
It’s time to set the record straight once and for all. If you’ve been using the word ‘hoppy’ to describe your beer, you’ve probably been using it wrong. So what does hoppy really mean?
Do you know how many brewers there are in Rotterdam? Until recently I thought I knew. At least six. Most people I asked can name three or four. Then I did a little research. I counted fifteen! Here is an overview of craft breweries in Rotterdam.