Januaries Friday session is about „I Almost Always Drink Beer, But When I Don’t ...„ Though what am I doing when I'm not drinking beer? Good question! Working? No serious. I'm mostly into beer, but I also enjoy cocktails, especially Cuba Libre or Mochito.
From the last trip to Cuba we brought some different rums with us. We have always been talking about making a Cuba party but never found the time to do. Perhaps this could be a new years resolution.
The Tring brewery recently added their data to the Lautering network. Time to ask Ben Marston some quesitons.
Nick: You have started in 1992. How many people are now involved in the company?
Ben: It's a relatively small setup (30bb plant), led by two directors, Andrew Jackson and Richard Shardlow. Overseeing office duties is Lynne and out in the brewhouse we have Barry. Terry our main driver is joined by whomever is on rotation as second driver. I head up all marketing communications activity (I was also second brewer on our old site). We then have a host of other folks that handle duties such as managing the shop, handling bright beer orders, cask washing, racking beer...all the things that happen in a brewery. It's fair to say that most people here get involved in a number of duties and they are all excellent at what they do.
Nick: Sounds great, like your beer names. What was the original idea and who does the artwork?
This months Friday session got one week additional sending in time because the original host couldn't host the session due to his stolen laptop. Bad for him - good for me, because I wouldn't have had my article ready by last Friday.
In 2000 I was a on a school trip down to Istanbul. We boarded the plane in Munich and had a little beer party after someone screamed after lift off: "again again, let's start again!". We visited the Efes brewery, probably the biggest brewery in Turkey, on our 3rd day. As we were professional brewers we got a, how should I call it, a "backstage" tour. Our guide was the head brewer itself. Man, this guy had knowledge!
The first written mention of the town of Düsseldorf dates back to 1135. Düsseldorf is well known for its Altbier. The name "Altbier" first appeared in the 19th century to differentiate the beers of Düsseldorf from the new pale lager that emerged all over Germany. Brewers in Düsseldorf used the pale malts that were used for the modern pale lagers, but retained the old ("alt") method of using warm fermenting yeasts.
Since that time many breweries have been established in Düsseldorf. The latest one is the Kürzer brewery located in the Old Town (Altstadt). Kürzer is German and means shorter. The name of the brewery is derived from the street the brewery is located in, the Kurze Straße (Short street).