Tweet Yesterday I put on my journalist costume and had did an interview for my next piece for Bar&Beer. I was at SPŠPT (that in Czech stands for Industrial Middle School for Food Technology), where, among other careers, kids can learn Brewing. There I had one of the most wonderful beer experiences of my life, tasting at a secondary school beers brewed by pupils.
I tasted three of them, a polotmavý ležák with a nice caramel body, fruit notes and a mild bitter finish, a tmavá 20ª that was a great example of Baltic Porter, a lot of dried fruit and well integrated roasted notes and the star of the house Podsklalský Smrtihlav a tmavé with 37º Plato and 13.3%ABV, brewed with 100% grain, with a pretty complicated process and, the sample I tried, lagered for about a year. It was really good, even though it was served too cold, I could still feel ripe fruit, vanilla and some spice. The alcohol was very well integrated and made me feel I was drinking some nice brandy.
All three beers, which I must emphasise are brewed by secondary school kids, were flawless and would put to shame many a product from non-Czech commercial micros.
But the best of all was having the chance to meet and establish a friendship with the man in charge of the department, the School's Director and his predecessor. All of them, fantastic people, with a lot of passion for beer and whom I hope I'll meet again soon.
Yeah, that's right, I live in a country where already at 15 a kid can learn how to brew professionally and also how to taste beer.
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