Dina Mory, Zurich

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Hops, malt and culture

The art of brewing is almost as old as human civilization itself and is a key part of our culture. At the moment, beer is particularly fashionable. What more reason do we need to dedicate two special stamps to the beverage and its master brewers?

“Beer is an alcoholic, carbonated drink made of water, malted grain, yeast, hops and other ingredients, produced through the alcoholic fermentation process,” according to the Swiss Ordinance on Beverages. But beer is so much more than that. Many people see it as the epitome of conviviality and pleasure – and it’s most definitely part of our culture. The origins of the art of brewing can be traced back to around 4,000 BC. For some time now, beer has been enjoying a boom: the number of breweries in Switzerland has increased steadily over recent years. There are now over 900 in operation. This means Switzerland has one of the greatest concentrations of breweries in the world. Brewing your very own beer at home has even become a hobby. The new special stamps celebrate the craft of brewing as part of cultural heritage. However, they are most definitely not intended as encouragement to overindulge!

Jürg Freudiger

Sheetlet of 8 stamps