There are far too many vague, yet commonly used terms in the beer world. Most people would struggle to explain what smooth, light, heavy, or drinkability actually mean, but there's one term that is the most questionable and pervasive: Balance.
Unless a brewer uses them in a beer within 48-72 hours of being picked, they need to be dried to a certain water density, they have to be preserved in cold storage, and then pelleted. If this does not happen, they will rot and be useless.
September ushers in that season of chilly evenings and cozy pubs. There is that festival taking place in Munich... but we're taking a look at other cities and regions where they worship the grain and listing our favorite pub in each place.