Last Friday I was at the 20’th annual Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival. I have only visited the last three ones, over all I think last year was better beers. Maybe because I got higher expectations now. I sampled 38 different beers this time, most of the beers was drinkable, some was good and very few if any was excellent.
You can see the whole list I tried on Untappd (I’m not sure how you can search?), I filled them out the day after because the app didn’t work that well after my first check in.
The first beer I wanted was the unpasteurized beer from Urquell, it was served from a 2700 liter barrel (seen on the picture here). However I overheard the bartender say it only contained 600 liters. They won’t serve from it the second week, so if you didn’t try it you missed it. If you ask me you didn’t miss that much. My friend said he had this same beer at the Soldaten Svejk pub the other day, so you can find it if you really want it I guess. This type of beer is not really my favourite. I sampled two more from Urquell, the best one was the Master Dark, pretty chocolately and lean schwarzbier.
Then we went directly to the hard stuff, and pretty much did that the rest of the day/evening. I’m gonna give a few comments of the ones worth mentioning here in no particular order…
Weisse Arne from the Worlds Smallest Brewery was a very good weissbier, I could have hade pints of this. Weissbier is sometimes a little bit sour, this one wasn’t and I liked it very much. It would be a very good session beer. As to being a small brewery they explained that it is the chef making the beer in a 0.96 kvm (10.33 ft2) part of his kitchen.
There is a new brewery in Stockholm called Södra Malfabriken, I tried their IPA’s and didn’t like it very much, it was ok-beer but not more. It will be interesting to see if they can do something better in the future.
Sigtuna Brygghus had a new version of Ace Of Spades, this year it was an Imperial IPA. I was a bit disappointed. It didn’t have very much aroma, if it was aged for a long time it could be explained, but I thought it would probably be much better after six more months. Then it would rather be a barleywine, right? I’m sure Lemmy would not approve it ;-). I didn’t sample anything else from them (nothing new for me this time).
Oppigårds had a Hop Rocket (I want one!) connected to their Golden Ale this day. I forgot to ask which hops it was, but with the hop rocket I think the Golden Ale was lot more tasty and refreshing than the ordinary one. I also tasted their Ekporter, very nice.
Jämtlands Bryggeri had a Black IPA, I was disappointed! It was rather like a black English type of ale, it was not what I expected.
Amager’s Black IPA was pretty good, it is a good brewery. Since Black IPA is my favourite category and I make ones myself I have pretty solid idea of how a black IPA should be. And I have only tasted one or two black IPA’s (ever) that can compare to the ones I make. Also their Rated XXX would be worth mentioning.
A “industrial brewery” that doesn’t need SEO help celebrated a 175 year old porter by making it a little special by increasing the alcohol level and oak age it. I didn’t really buy the three fermenting stages they did with this beer, I simply believe the yeast did not simply do the job very quickly, and when you add something with sugar it will keep on eating and farting out alcohol no matter what you do in the process. But the girl behind the bar was nice, and this was the only place that gave us cheese with the beer samples, that is the reason I even brought this beer up :-).
To sum up this article, I tasted 38 different beers this day/evening (I got home before 22:00), my alcohol level was around 1.50‰ when I left.
There is one more weekend, maybe I’ll go again if someone want me to join. I tried most of the beers I wanted, but there is 20-30 more yellow tagged beers I didn’t try. Mostly bottles that shouldn’t be to difficult to run into in the future anyway.
This time Systembolaget released several good beers I really wanted, and since the next two releases April 1’st and Easter looks pretty uninteresting for a IPA and Stout freak as me, apart from a couple of exceptions. I thought I would spend next months beer budget to. I got 13 bottles and paid 909 SEK. I came 15 minutes before the shop opened and it was 20 people in front of me, when they opened the line was twice as long behind me. Most people was there for the beer releases, apparently they also released wine. The guy behind me in the bought ONE bottle of wine and paid 2500 SEK (or there abouts if I heard right), I’m glad I’m not that into wine. I got these…
11154 [79,30kr; 75cl] Cuvée de Ranke [RB] (one bottle)
11140 [59,90kr; 18cl] De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis Misto BA [Schnille, RB] (three bottles)
The Bourbon County above was released last week and I had ordered two more (because I could!). There was other beers released to, but I had already tasted them or wasn’t interested. And I didn’t want to spend too much money, new ones are coming in two weeks. It’s expensive to keep up with what’s released.
I was in Copenhagen the past weekend with an old friend to relax and drink Danish beer. It was rainy and cold in this Gothic city ;-), this weekend. Being November it was ok.
We found some very good places where you can buy many, many beers. I bought 36 different beers from Ølbutikken, Høkeren and Barley Wine, the suit case was very heavy.
We stayed at the same hotel we stayed in 29 years ago on our school trip when we was 15, it looked exactly as I remembered although they had moved the lobby. Close to the hotel there was the famous Mikkeller Bar, we went there all days. I was impressed how quickly they changed the beers on tap. We came on Thursday and on Sunday all of the taps had been changed at least once, we tried most of them. There was a wifi spot so I tweeted some of the beers I had.
We also found the Brewpub København, tried all their beers to. I liked all their beers, I recommend a visit. Another pub we went to was Lord Nelson (close to Barley Wine), they also had a good selection of beers.
While we was at the Brewpub on Friday we found a flyer for the Julebryg Festival 2010, around 30 breweries let you taste their Christmas beers for free. We tasted around 40 different ones, we both agreed that Amager was the best. Maybe it wasn’t the perfect Christmas beer, but we are suckers to good Stout and found it perfect. We both thought that most of the breweries was pretty boring, there was maybe five good ones that stuck out. I tried to google which brewery won the competition, but couldn’t find it. Hopefully it will be published on Danske Ølentusiaster‘s web site soon.