I was very enthusiastic about visiting Biereloth yesterday, as there were some breweries and beers that I didn’t know yet.
Unfortunately my enthusiasm faded quite quickly while testing some of the unknown brews (I spared the big names as I know them)…
Most of them (but not all) were quite drinkable – sure - but I missed the addiction and passion for excellent beer in a lot of those brews. Something I have to state more and more often these times: when it sells, it’s good (enough)… a shame as quite often some fine-tuning would change an average beer into a good one. Once the “craft-beer” hype slows down, these breweries might face some harsh times.
But just as the weather yesterday - grey and rainy offering some exceptional rays of warming sunlight - the line-up of Biereloth had also a sunspot to offer: Oldskool, a tiny brewery from the nearby Eindhoven, presented some deliciously pure beers, filled with passion, know-how and: nothing….
Nothing means, nothing else than the ingredients admitted by the German purity law. Now has everybody his own vision about the purity law, including myself.
But the important thing is, that these beers are the proof that no brew master needs to use adjuncts in order to brew fine, innovative and tasteful beers!
This is truly old school brewing! Together with specialists of the different brewing styles, Oldskool tried to make new, attractive interpretations of traditional brewing styles such as German Weizen or British Imperial Brown Ale. And they did not only try – they succeeded!
Great stuff - my day was done J