A brief history of beer: Episode 8, Rauchbier

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This one is one of my favorites. not just in terms of history but in terms of taste and smell too. Rauchbier is German lager brewed with smoked (Rauch, in German) malt. But how can malt be smoked ?

In the old days, before the invention of smoking malts using the drum kiln drying method that firstly appeared in brewing during the 18th and 19th centuries, malt was smoked simply by being…