Frank Lieck is a German guy from Düsseldorf who I got to know a bit through Facebook. Since I live on the internet, that’s the place I meet quite a few people now and then!
Since doing a post on Colin Campbell, which was the first of the ‘whisky people’ series I thought it would be good idea to include Frank here. I plan to more posts like this every now and then, on people that mean something to me and the whisky/beer hobby.
Frank Lieck, born and raised in Düsseldorf, married with children, is a guy who I’ve been sending beer and whisky to, and he to me, to show what our respective locales have to offer. Unfortunately, there’s no local brewery in Krommenie, apart from my homebrew project which means I had to resort to other Dutch breweries and some other things as well (not sure if that’s a bad thing). He was kind enough to send me bottles of several Düsseldorfian brews and even a liquor which I still have to taste.
He is very active on his own blog called mewhisky.com, and has been moving from beer towards whisky for the last couple of years. Started by a customer who gave him a dram of an unremembered whisky (time and alcohol do that to people) which got him interested. After a few years it took of from Macallan, to Glenfiddich, to Talisker, to Ardbeg.
Since he started blogging I’ve quite some interesting bottles highlighted, and I know he has some upcoming posts that are going to be even more worth reading (Highland Park spirit, Ardbeg Day and such).
Frank names Highland Park as a favorite distiller and is already saving up to Christmas to buy the 30 year old (and he mentioned the 18 year old Silver Seal as well…).
He got me enthousiastic about Dusseldorf and I have already decided that the town has to be visited in the not too distant future, with a visit to Uerige and of course, catching up with Frank in a nice bar with a couple of beers and/or drams!
He also passively enjoys football and basketball and probably laughed his ass off when the incredibly arrogant Dutch team got their collective butts kicked last week by his national team.
I hope to meat the man in person somewhere next year, and look forward to continued beer and dram parcels to and from Germany!