- Craft Beer Corner showing a diversity of craft beers
- Enjoyment and passion the focal point
Enjoyment all the way – neutral and without selling pressure
What makes the Craft Beer Corner so special? Enjoying the diversity of the beers, totally free of any official assessment and sales pressure, and the open discussion with beer enthusiasts, brewing artists and all those who appreciate a good craft beer. That, according to Artmann, is the difference to the many Craft Beer Festivals up and down the country. The fact that the beers in the Craft Beer Corner are only presented by neutral beer sommeliers and not by breweries, is also appreciated by David Hertl, who at the age of 26, is one of the youngest beer sommeliers in Germany and an aspiring wine sommelier. This year, Hertl will be tasting particularly high hop-content beers and is already looking forward to perhaps once again getting to know new flavours as well. “Last year, I discovered an Italian Pale Ale with black truffle, which I was so impressed with that I had to brew it myself”, says Hertl recalling the occasion, the trained malt master and master brewer who lives in the Franconian key field, between Nuremberg and Würzburg.
Hand-labelled marshmallow stout and pumpkin beer
Each year, in his brewing facility, he produces 44 varieties, in each case only 300 stoneware bottles, which are hand-labelled by his mother Vroni. From the wheat double bock to Black India Pale Ale (IPA), from marshmallow stout to pumpkin beer. This year, he is looking ahead to the Craft Beer Corner with particular excitement. For the first time, he has namely submitted a beer himself, which will be tasted at the specialties theme bar. Not by himself, of course. “This is an ancient German beer style, a “Sauerbier” (sour beer) with salt and coriander, the so-called “Gose”, which was brewed in the early Middle Ages. I have added cucumber to the original recipe and I’m already very eager to see how it is received by the guests in the Craft Beer Corner”, said the amiable young brewer. In order to brew this craft beer and not infringe the German Purity Law, he travelled especially to Prague and then re-imported the beer back into Germany.
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Origins of the craft beer movement
Creative beer culture is not only setting the trend in Germany, but also worldwide. Creative beer culture started in the USA in the 1980s. According to a study conducted by US bio-chemical company Alltech, there are currently already 10,000 craft breweries throughout the world. Germany is currently in the top 10 countries, in eighth place, behind the USA, Great Britain, France, Italy, Russia, Canada and Switzerland. An increasing number of consumers in Germany are looking for more diverse beer-flavour experiences, with a preference for beers brewed by regional producers using natural ingredients. A survey conducted by the global market research institute Mintel revealed that in 2012 only one percent of beers in Germany was accounted for by the craft beer sector, in 2016 the figure has already risen to 20 percent, in other words one in every five new beers in Germany. Tendency rising.
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Craft Beer Cornermeeting point
The Craft Beer Corner at BrauBeviale in Hall 9 is a popular meeting place for restaurateurs/caterers, retailers, brewers, beer sommeliers and all those who are interested in craft beer with special flavours. Each day, from 10:30, under the instructions of trained beer sommeliers, for example the current German champion Markus Seiler, visitors can taste over 250 different beers from 20 countries at six theme bars. Participation in the tasting sessions is included in the admission charge for BrauBeviale. Also featured here are among others exotic brews such as “will decide later”, Smoky Melon, Killer Cucumber Ale, Mala Vida, Schokobär, Gipfelglück, Franconian Black or – for those that like it a little more classic – Weiherer Weizenbräu, Beurer Urtrunk or Bavarian Craft Bock. Premium spirits such as gins, whiskeys, vodkas, rum or brandies, mainly from smaller producers, will also be available for tasting. A new feature is the craft sessions held in a lecture room in the Craft Beer Corner. Themes include among others Food-Pairing – which beer is suited for which food? – as well as off-flavours in beer. Further information available at www.braubeviale.de