My cousin Ulli: A quest for non-traditional beer in Germany and Belgium

Like many natives of the Midwest, I am part Rheinländer German. My mother’s family is from Trier, a city near the border of Luxembourg; they were captains of riverboats on the Moselle and the Rhine. I graduated as a German major at the University of Iowa and studied for a semester in Göttingen, then in … [ Read more]

Germany imposes $100 million fine on price-fixing beer retailers

Antitrust officials in Germany have handed down more than €90 million ($103 million) in fines to some of the largest retailers in the country. Their investigation found collusion with the country’s AB InBev subsidiary to increase prices for popular beers (including Beck’s) several times between 2006 and 2009. They also uncovered attempts to fix prices for … [ Read more]

An American brewer abroad: Germany’s brewing scene through the eyes of Minnesota native Erik Mell

Rochester native and brewmaster Erik Mell brewed a collaboration Berliner weisse (Twisted Zweig) with Forager Brewing Company in December while home for his sister’s wedding. Mell has lived in Berlin, Germany, since 2009, learning the brewing trade at Technical University of Berlin, the traditional route of climbing the German brewing ranks. He also learned brewing … [ Read more]

Stone Brewing makes history with its Berlin-brewed beer

Stone Brewing, the first American craft brewer to independently build, own, and operate a brewery in Europe, will release its first Berlin-brewed beers today, the brewery announced via press release. This is the first time in history that the beers will be tapped in Europe. With brewing underway at StoneBerlin, the brewery’s hop-centric beers will begin … [ Read more]

Schell’s Stag Series Batch No. 8: August’s Bock

In what is being billed as a collaboration with 569 years of brewing experience behind it, August Schell Brewing Company, in collaboration with German-based brewery Gold Ochsen, is releasing the eighth beer in the Stag Series, August’s Bock.  This blonde doppelbock recipe was developed by brewmasters from both breweries, and comes in at 6.9% ABV … [ Read more]