So, while we revel in the 500th anniversary celebrations of the 1516 Bavarian Purity Act, it is time to take pause and reflect how far we have come here in the North American Beer craft beer scene.
When I first started my adventure in this industry over 30 years ago, Upper Canada Brewing Company founder Frank Heaps had a vision shared by a small handful of brewing pioneers in North America; that it was possible for small independent brewers to create all-natural, Bavarian Purity Act lagers and ales that both exceeded the quality and taste produced by the elephantine breweries of the day and, earn a loyal following of enthusiasts.
But for many experts, The Bavarian Purity Act is arguably an unnecessary straightjacket that restricts deep exploration into the wonderful world of brewing. Despite any truth to that claim, it cannot be ignored that the Reinheitsgebot was, and is a cornerstone that for many, defines purity, quality and at least the potential for world-class beer. So cheers to craft beer and 500 years of excellence in brewing.
Icing on the Cake
While Viking beer recipes included barley - when the climate allowed for its’ cultivation - they were also prone to adding other ingredients like local berries, herbs and the like as flavour enhancers. Over the years drinking gradually fell out of favour and by 1901 brewing in Iceland came to a grinding halt. Just as in Canada in 1916, the temperance powers of the day called for and won their fight for prohibition.
Incredibly, it was not until 1989 that it was possible to have a beer in Iceland, let alone brew one legally. Slowly but surely small breweries started popping up, mostly in the Arctic North. Today, beer consumption in Iceland is very healthy and the craft beer renaissance has finally taken hold.
On our upcoming Iceland Arctic North Beer Adventure, we will be exploring that most beautiful north western corner of Iceland where nature astounds and the beers flow freely.
In fact, fortune has it that we will be attending an Icelandic Beer festival in Holar. Here we expect to try some of the more exotic local specialties that include, Einstock , Steogi Whale Beer and some rare brews by Bruggsmiojan. So, in one sitting we will be able to have a complete Icelandic beer experience.
If you have not yet heard of this new tour it runs from June 3 – 10 and costs just $2700 pp. Research has shown that this is one of the lowest prices for any Iceland tour of this length. Everything save two meals and the flight is included. If this is of interest please note that there are only 8 seats left. Last chance to join the fun.g
Please see check out the tour on our site or better yet, contact Georgia at Merit Travel at: GKourakos@MeritTravel.com