Beer, back in germany, was more something boring, usually filtered pilsener where just the bitterness diversified each beer from each other. Ok, sometimes you had a wheat or a black beer which was the highest level of diversity that you can find on a mneu card of a restaurant. The german beer landscape is somehow drab in the land of the german purity law.
In Boston we’ve rediscovered new “old” beer styles in the regional craft beer breweries. We got excited by the intense, hoppy and fruity IPA’s, the hoppy garaasy Pale Ales and seasonal specials like a squash beer for halloween or even gingerbread beer for christmas time. It was incredible to see what is possible with different malts and hops. The variety of tastes was just not available for us in germany at that time.
It was tough and nearly impossible to get these beers in germany, not even online shops listed them. That’s why we decided to become homebrewers. After just a short period Olli got qualified as a beersommelier. This is how the story of Sudden Death Brewing Co. developed.