Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Market, now having run for over a decade, has become a massive favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from all over the UK and Europe. With only one German student in attendance, the class could be seen as a sign of how Germany’s exacting beer tradition has been a mixed blessing for the beloved alcoholic beverage. Getränke Rudat is a beer shop for beers and craft beers from all over the world, even for local and national beers in bottles and kegs”, explains founder Christian Rudat. Indra, from the BraufactuM collection, is a new style of beer that fuses hoppy, aromatic American IPAs and distinctive German wheat beers.
Modern craft brewing – the kind of inventive, upstart beer-making practiced in the U.S. – is establishing a beachhead in Germany, and that’s all to the good. The Master craftsman is the highest professional qualification in crafts and is a state-approved grade. Not all craft brewers want to throw out the 500-year-old law, of course, Some just want to amend it.
If the Brewers Federation sees the Reinheitsgebot as a way to raise international awareness of German beer, some smaller breweries are questioning whether the ide a behind it is stifling innovation. Overall, consumption of beer is strong in Germany, with one in 10 (9%) beer drinkers saying that they drink it out of home daily, whilst one quarter (25%) drink it a few times a week.
But, alas, the inertia of the American craft movement is proving too massive for even the staunchest of traditionalists to avoid. An aspiring master would have to pass through the career chain from apprentice to journeyman before he could be elected to become a master craftsman. Pilot189 writes: A few years ago, one of the carving magazines had an article on a miniature Christmas scene inside a Walnut shell using Spanbaum as the background.
In many German states, brewers can apply for permits to make noncompliant” beer legally, but Bavaria is notorious for cracking down on impure” breweries. Also those mixed/radler type beer/fruit/cola whatever mixed beverages, from what I understand, are mixed with beer that was also brewed under the RHG, though after the fact when they are mixed and bottled they are no longer considered beer thus do not fall under these restrictions. Being brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot doesn’t automatically make a beer good, just as being brewed not according to the Reinheitsgebot won’t instantly make it a bad beer.
The Hamburg Beer Company, a subsidiary of the Nordmann group , boasts a full range of both international and national beers, focusing on both high end” styles as well as more accessible ones – in their words, to help introduce the German consumer to new tastes”. With Australians barking at 22 countries for giving tax breaks to small brewers and Canada catching flak from the European Union eight years ago for granting tax exemptions to its brewers, U.S. craft brewers might be understandably loathe to step into that mess. Taste and tradition notwithstanding, even heritage breweries that have been in the business for decades and centuries are experimenting with craft brewing.
Whilst honouring the long-standing tradition of German beer making, the Flying Turtle also endeavours to create new tastes and styles. Merchant guilds – associations of international trades – were powerful in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, but lost their ascendancy with the rise of the craft guilds – associations of master craftsmen, journeymen, apprentices and the various trades connected with a particular craft. Mr. Methner, meanwhile, insisted that there is a greater demand for pure German beer than popular and creative craft brews. BRLO joined some twenty other German breweries in attendance, doubling the number of 2014 participants.
Beer sommelier Andrea Caswell, who also works there, spoke about the how the niche market drew her to Berlin. Established in 2010, Braufactum is undeniably one of the pioneers of the craft beer movement in Germany. That puts craft brewers at a disadvantage compared to Germany’s industrial brewers, he says. For me, the variety and the possibility to at least buy either a American craft brewed version of umpteen styles, or if those aren’t up to snuff, the originals from their own country, is a million times better than what is available in Germany. But it exists alongside a traditional native craft brewing culture that has been in place for centuries.
In Munich, hundreds of kilometers to the south, the country’s most famous beer festival, Oktoberfest, was in full swing. No wonder craft beer heroes from abroad, like Brew Dog and Stone Brewing, chose Berlin to start their German branches. The Esquire Network’s Brew Dogs” looks at U.S. craft beer through the eyes of brewers from Scottish craft brewery BrewDog.