What I also love are thematic food products. Not the pasted on lolly’s, but the Hartenkoeken from the Efteling, the Laafse Lurk, Lebber and Limoen, The Harry Potter candy that was very popular in the nillies and the Discworld ales that were available until two years ago.
One of the things that can be a part of being an international biersommelier is being asked to be a judge in a beer competition. I was asked to judge in the Dutch Beer Challenge of 2020 and of course I said yes!
As I visited Burton last year with the new students, I visited Dortmund in 2018 with my own study group. Our assignment was to brew a Dortmunder Export, but none of us ever drank a Dortmunder Export before.
It’s autumn and I live in the Netherlands, which makes it impossible to ignore bock beers. Bock beers in the Netherlands are based on their German counterparts but is now a proper all Dutch beerstyle on its own.