Sunday, April 18, 2010

Thoughts from Sanibel

Greetings Beer Lovers,

Tod here from southwest Florida while on vacation. Touché to Tyler for his blog about our guests, Cornileus Faust from Miltenberg, Germany and Horst Dornbusch from the US. Horst brought up an interesting point during our international brew session. The point was: how would the two beers we brewed be received by two very different audiences. Beer culture in Germany is very traditional and the United States beer culture is very inquisitive. Whereas the Germans readily accept traditional beer styles, such as the hefeweizen, dunkel, pils, or helles; American beer drinkers are looking for more experimental beer styles. I'm pretty sure the 5 C's and Pils we brewed will be anticipated with baited breath here in NH. On the other hand, the German beer audience is used to traditional beer styles and will probably not be accepting of a dry-hopped, hopped-forward beer, like the 5 C's because it does not adhere to the German purity law, the reinheitsgebot. So, that's what I was thinking about today while I wasn't supposed to be thinking about work.

Anyway, I will sign off anticipating two very wonderful beers.



  1. What is it about the 5 C's that wouldn't adhere to the Reinheitsgebot? Are adjuncts used? Is it the ale yeast?

  2. prosit! Dr Loosen Reinheitsgebot! Gebot Reinheits?

  3. Reinheitsgebot is very specific of where hops can be used. Since we use hops out of the kettle it would break that law. Ale yeast is fine, and no we don't use any adjuncts. Just the fact that we use a hop back and dry hop this beer breaks Reinheitsgebot.


  4. Thanks for answering Tyler. Sounds good.

    At any rate, as Sam Caligione of DFH aptly put it, the Reinheitsgebot is basically just another form of prohibition (though I do admire the German's respect for beer purity).



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