“Two sour beers? You’re crazy!“ - That was what I heard when I presented the line-up for the Belgian-Dutch Tasting to my friends of the Bieragentur Dortmund...
Last Saturday, we launched the first trial for an international beer tasting session. This means that the Bieragentur Dortmund invited me as a guest Beer-Sommelier to present an overview of different beer styles from Belgium and the Netherlands.
Seen that a lot of German beer enthusiasts still ignore the immense variety in Dutch and especially Belgian beer styles, aromas and flavours, I was asked to build a line up that would be easily accessible for the common beer lover and not too shocking.
Well, that’s what I did – at least what I thought I did… A lot of experienced beer fans will agree that the line-up shown in the picture was far from being exotic, too special or even weird. And some might even say that this line-up was quite mainstream. I agree, but I also agree to the first reaction when I presented this line-up.
The reactions during the tasting surprised me, but also Markus Maurer from the Bieragentur Dortmund. What seems mainstream here in the Netherlands and Belgium is an unknown territory in Germany. But the testing panel (at least the one we had on Saturday), was open to all the different styles that were presented, even the TWO sour ones.
Are German tongues already further than some might believe???? I doubt and agree that we had a good and open minded test panel – it could have been different.
But I wonder if we shouldn’t make a "shock-testing" soon and organize a sour-beer tasting?
To be continued!