Rick Stein once said a man could starve in a room full of artichokes. The agave plant creates many of the same problems, but on the booze side of the equation – you’d be a long time sober. The pineapple shaped fruit (pina) is buried beneath an afro of metres of sharp, silvery blue leaves. These leaves can grow up to two metres long, while the fruit beneath will likely only ever yield two or three bottles of tequila.

The father of beers

March 29, 2017
The Rockpool Files Starkbier

Despite their religious asceticism, seventeenth century monks fashioned a beer that is still praised for its purity and originality today; Starkbier Salvator.