The fifth ingredient

image006Passchendaele’s role in World War I was the inspiration for the pilsner-style beer that bears the village’s name. Nick Klenske provides the history lesson and meets the man who wants to keep the conversation flowing

When we talk about what makes a beer, the focus tends to be on the ingredients: malt, hops, water and yeast. But what many beer enthusiasts ignore is that all-important fifth ingredient: you.

A case can be made that this fifth ingredient is the most important of all, that it is the essence of beer. Without it, the social aspect of beer drinking is lost.

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