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Homebrewing in Switzerland

American Ian Hoke has discovered that homebrewing abroad presents many challenges and opportunities.

Ian Hoke Feb 11, 2015 - 10 min read

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Before moving to Switzerland, here’s what I knew to expect: epic skiing, cheese, seamless public transportation, and ubiquitous chocolate. What I didn’t expect was the beer. The thin, thin, watery beer.

After three years in China imbibing Tsingdao and Kingway (a palate-ravaging formaldehyde stew from Chengdu that cost $3US per case delivered), moving to Switzerland conjured images of dirndle-clad waitresses hauling liters of classic lagers and grocery shelves laden with funky Belgian beers.


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