Taste hoppy goodness at Stuttgart craft beer fest
Although German beer is revered for the traditional brewing practice known as Reinheitsgebot — using water, hops, barley and yeast as ingredients — craft beer was once frowned upon. With experimental techniques and ingredients, collaborations with fellow microbrewers and limited, small-batch releases, craft beer is making its presence known throughout Germany.
To celebrate all things craft-brewed, check out the second annual Craft Beer Festival in Stuttgart beginning Friday, April 21 through Saturday, April 22. Thirty local breweries from around the region will be pouring samples from their seasonal stock. You won’t find Bitburger or Paulaner here; however, taste the sensational suds from festival host Kraftpaule. West Coast India Pale Ale (IPA) fans can toast with sips from Stone Brewing Co., which recently opened its doors for business in Berlin.
Visitors can learn different pairing suggestions between beer and cheese, or beer and chocolate. Other programs include informational sessions about hoppy farmhouse ales and citrusy saisons, and the examining the qualities of local Stuttgart-area Starkbier and tart sour beers. There will also be plenty of live music and food trucks offering tasty regional and eclectic global cuisine.
For more information, visit www.craftbeerfestival-stuttgart.de.