Last week end we went to the Salon du Brasseur (Brewer Show) in Saint Nicolas de Port. It was about beer making, not beer tasting ! We discovered the machines, how to make beer, but also different sorts of hop and malt.
And I realized I didn't know what malt is. I thought it was just dried barley, but it isn't.
Malt is germinated cereal grains that have been dried. Germinated is the word which makes the difference.
A person of a malthouse was kind enough to explain everything about "malting" and made us taste different sorts. The darkest we tried was just like coffee in our mouth, so surprising. And he confirmed barley malt is used to make beer but also whisky.
Lorraine used to be a region with big breweries. Many people have in mind beers of Saint Nicolas, Tantonville, Metz and, of course, Champigneulles (this last one so loved by our friend Tom).
Nowadays numerous microbreweries are created where you can taste unusual good beers. Apparently it is not so difficult to make them. We'll think about it later.
After speaking with friends who are now abroad, I have realized a lot of them miss Lorraine or would like to know more about my region. So I have decided to write a blog which would keep a link between them and us, which would inform them about life and events in this part of France.
Lorraine is in the East part of France, not far from Germany. In spite of what some American friends would say, the weather is not too bad but the difference of temperatures between summer and winter can be quite impressing. And the same friends say grass is always green because of the rain, this is not true !
Thank you to you all, American and British friends who have made me feel even stronger how I like my region.