All About… Beer

All About Beer are short informative online workshops organised by the EBCU for delegates and members

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All About… Dutch Trappist Ale presented by Henri Reuchlin

26 September 2022 20:00 CET

Belgium has always been known for its Trappist breweries. But neighbouring The Netherlands can boast two Trappist breweries, making it the second country with respect to a number of trappist breweries. They are Koningshoeven (La Trappe) with a long and intriguing history and De Kievit (Zundert), one of the wave of new Trappist breweries. This workshop will focus on why the Trappist came to the Netherlands. We will discuss why they started brewing and of course the beers they brew.

Henri is director of StiBON beer education and has been advisor to Trappistbrewery De Kievit in Zundert since its inception. He has previously served as chairman of EBCU.

This short workshop is being run by the European Beer Consumers Union (EBCU) and is open to members of all affiliated organisations.


All About… Sahti presented by Anikó Lehtinen and Marjokaisa Piironen

Held on 13 June 2022  – Watch Now

Sahti is a Finnish, ancient farmhouse ale and the beer style itself is at least 2000 years old.

Sahti is made from malted and unmalted grains, mostly barley and rye. Traditionally the beer is flavoured with juniper and sometimes with hops and has often a banana flavour due to the use of baking yeast.

Finnish Sahti has protected status in Europe, so in order to be described as Sahti a beer must be brewed following the traditional process and ingredients.

Every year the Finnish Sahti Brewing ´Championship is held on the first weekend in August.

Find out more about the past, present and future of this true Finnish beer style Sahti presented by Sahti Brewer Marjokaisa “Sahti-Kaisa” Piironen and Beer Expert Anikó Lehtinen.

All About… Italian Grape Ale presented by Simone Uras 

Held on 19 May 2022 – Watch Now

From tradition to innovation and beyond

Grapes aren’t just for wine! Grape based beers have been attracting a lot of interest in recent years. Italian Grape Ale (IGA) made with natural fruit bring together two different but very interesting partners.

IGAs perfectly represent the butterfly effect “does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas? ” (Edward N. Lorenz)

Even if in Italy there is the largest number of butterflies species on the European continent, actually what caused a disruptive effect in the global brewing world was adding ingredients from the wine to the beer?

Find out more about the past, present and future of this modern style, presented by Unionbirrai Beer Tasters and some of the brewers winners of the IGA categories at Birra dell’Anno”

Simone is an experienced brewer living in Bologna and the Chief Operating Officer of Unionbirrai.

All About… Gose presented by Markus Raupach and Matthias Richter

Held on 3 March 2022 – Watch Now

There are many rumours about the historic German beer style of Gose. It did not originate in Leipzig, today’s main Gose brewing city. In fact, it all started in a benedictine monastery in the 14th century. What about the taste? How salty and sour should a real Gose be? What about fruits and spices? And what about the iconic Gose bottle with the long, almost endless neck?

Markus Raupach, Beer writer, Beer judge and President of the German Beer Consumers Union gives an interesting insight, together with a famous german Gose brewer.

Matthias Richter from Bayerischer Bahnhf in Leipzig is known to many as “Mr. Gose“