All posts filed under: Global Bites

500 years of German Beer Purity Law!

Tomorrow – the 23rd of April – is the official day of the German Beer! Why? Cause that is the day the German Purity Law was proclaimed, i.e. back the on the 23rd of April 1516. It says that German beer can only be brewed from hops, barley and water. Later yeast was added to this mix as well (back then they were not yet able to produce yeast). The German beer brewer association prouds itself that this is the oldest, still maintained food purity law in the world (is that correct? Comment, if not!). And tomorrow, it will have been in place for 500 years – yeah! So, how is this date getting celebrated? Obviously, in Germany a lot. Every single beer brewery opens their doors to offer insight tours that day, hands out beers for free, offers ballon rides, etc. In Munich, for example, they are building a fountain of beer from which people can take drinks for free. For an overview of events – click here, here, here, here or here! (links are …

Just not Sriracha… :)

The world is full of copy cats. And, the better you are the more posers will try to be just as you are. For example, there is nothing like Sriracha Hot Sauce out there – the legendary chillie sauce brand that inspired a new beer flavour. However, sometimes when you go to the supermarket, you will find bottles of chillies that look just as Sriracha – with the little exception of the major image being different… Quite funny what alternative images people came up with… In any case, apparently, you cannot protect the Sriracha bottle as a trademark, so be carefull what you are buying cause the fakes really differ in taste from the original Sriracha 😦 Here comes a little gallery of Sriracha look-alikes found all over the globe from the US, to Israel, to Belgium, to Thailand:

Auswandererbier (emigrants’ beer) – perfection in taste and function!

The eccentric, edgy blog of Michael Risse brought this little pearl among the beers to our attention. True story – the beer called ’emigrant’s beer’ – was created in 1849 by a father for his son who needed to escape Germany to America due to political reasons.The loving and very skilled father created a beer that was uniquely suited for the long transport to America.  Intense hopping and a high alcohol content makes the beer very robust and long-time storeable. Mr Risse – an acknowledged gourmet and realist – describes the taste as “incredibly intense, especially accentuated, and impressive” beer. The brewery Faust (Brauerei Faust in Miltenberg) has remained in family ownership ever since and you can buy this for €  9,95 per bottle. Currently it is run by Johannes Faust by the way. So – nice little bit of history here 😉

Luxurious, mass-produced or rather self-made

Eat your cuttlery! It is stylish, saves the planet, and you can make it yourself in any forms you wish. Edible spoons have gained attention outside of the world of cocktail partys as an Indian, Narayana Peesapaty, sees a possibility to reduce plastic waste in India by turning edible spoons into a commodity; currently, consumption of one-time-use plastic cuttlery is high and their substitution by edible spoons could pronouncedly decrease the total plastic consumption of this country. This is of course a very inspiring and yummy idea! In any case, edible spoons are nowadays everywhere (they are not copryright protectable) – here some examples:

A little Science bite: coffee is valuable

And precisely every bit of it is a treasure!! In fact many people believe that you cannot even awaken without coffee (see picture 83 on this list for example). However, at the moment it is common practice to only collect the beans and throw away the cherries – “a waste”, said Rudi Dieleman.  And, he founded a business based on everything you can make from these cherries. This includes: dietary fibers, pectin, antioxidants, cellulose and red colouring agent. They say so, it is only the start – here is their TedTalk!

19th of January 2015 – – –

…is the date that Sweden will see its first all vegeterian cooking show to be airing. A historic date, given that Swedes – maybe I am predjudiced – are either notoriously lazy to cook, or just love their meat. But, just like in the rest of the world, veganism and vegeterianism gain influence. More about the social importance of this event you can read here. The hostesses, Elenore Bendel Zahn and Karoline Jönsson, run by the way their own food blogs – in English and Swedish, respectively.