It sounds insane to us modern folk, but beer without hops was a favorite of some of the 280 breweries in Ghent during the Middle Ages. At least that’s what Annick De Splenter, our guest today, discovered while doing her degree in beer-making at university. (Yes! You can study beer-making at university in Belgium!)

Gruut, Ghent. BelgiumAfter her father sold the family brewery, Annick was on a mission to figure out how beer was actually made without hops and that it wasn’t all a medieval urban myth. Needless to say, she proved her naysayers wrong with her own brewery, Gruut, founded on four beers made with herbs: Wit, Blonde, Amber, and Brown made with nary a hop in sight.

 

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He may have lived in Bucharest when I interviewed him, but he was off to join his brother on a tiny island in Norway. Enigmatic, but full of chat once I got him going. Adrian Podleschak, our next guest,  will definitely be missed at Magellan’s in Old Town Bucharest, but he leaves behind an amazing bar menu and the hope he will return after his big adventure.

 

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