When I was working for Karlsberg (Saarland, Germany) I once was at the brew house for maintenance reasons - my colleague and I had to clean the Meuro 2001 mash filter - I accidentally came in contact with hop extract.
So, I went to the super market the other day, into the beer section and I came across a rather odd piece of beer. It is called Schanzenbräu Rotbier and I wondered how it would taste. So I took it with me and poured into a glass.
Getting real good beer is one of the benefits being in Nuremburg pre Brau Beviale. To say one thing upfront: The Green Monk(ey) Polaris Hüller is the second beer in a row that has excellent body / hop ratio which makes it one of the most decent craft beers I've had in 2016.
I recently went to Nuremburg to stay for 2 days and do some Christmas shopping. I had to check for winter gloves and other stuff. So while in the city center we had a stop at a bar for a beer. I ordered the Helles on the tap which was the Grüner Helles.
In Finland the majority of beers get canned (that's what I get from the super market shelf). I'm not yet sure why, but that's how it is. There are bottles on the market, of course, but somehow there are more cans. They even sell this big 24 can boxes. Kind of crazy carrying that around.
When we visited the Nokian Panimo for its 25 years anniversary we had the opportunity to buy their beers for a discount price. We basically bought one beer from each of theirs.