Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival

Urquell unpasteurized pilsner

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.

Eskilstuna Ölkultur had many good beers and nice guys working behind the bar.

Lervig Aktiebryggeri from Stavanger had a very good Brewers Reserve Rye IPA, very nice hoppy aroma. Their Konrads Stout was also pretty good.

Then I had some new from last years favourites, Djaevlebryg. Old Mephisto brewed 2008 and aged until now, it got gold last year? Gudelös and Dark Beast was also very good.

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.

 

Hembryggar SM — N.I.B.A. (Ninja Imperial Black Ale)

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Idag är det hembryggarnas SM, jag ska tävla mot 90 andra hembrygda öl i folkets val. Jag har bara med mig 10 liter så jag har nog ingen chans att få nåt pris enligt SHBF styrelsen, eftersom den kommer att ta slut innan de flesta huunnit prova den. Men jag satsar på att bli mytisk istället, ölen man sååå gärna hade velat smaka ;-). Ahh, det är första gången jag ställer upp, och det är faktiskt min “jubileums brygd”, när jag tänker efter var det nästan på dagen för ett år sedan jag gjorde min första öl.

Eftersom man måste lämna ut receptet till SHBF, så kan jag lika gärna göra det här också…

N.I.B.A. (Ninja Imperial Black Ale)
Name of Brew: Ninja IBA Imperial 2011
Entry Category: IBA (India Black Ale) / CDA Type: All Grain
Starting Gravity: 1,093 SG Batch Size: 12,80 L
Final Gravity: 1,022 SG Mash Profile: Decoction Mash, Single

Grains

Amount Item Type % or IBU
4,00 kg Pale Malt (2 Row) UK (5,9 EBC) Grain 74,07 %
0,30 kg Amber Malt (95,0 EBC) Grain 5,56 %
0,30 kg Crystal 100 (100,0 EBC) Grain 5,56 %
0,25 kg Carafa III (1400,0 EBC) Grain 4,63 %
0,25 kg Wheat, Torrified (3,3 EBC) Grain 4,63 %
0,30 kg Rörsocker Ekologiskt (50,0 EBC) Sugar 5,56 %

Hops

Amount Item Type % or IBU
15,00 gm Sorachi Ace [10,90 %] (60 min) Hops 23,1 IBU
20,00 gm Sorachi Ace [10,90 %] (60 min) (Mash Hop) Hops 6,2 IBU
20,00 gm Sorachi Ace [10,90 %] (30 min) Hops 23,7 IBU
25,00 gm Nelson Sauvin [13,00 %] (15 min) Hops 20,5 IBU
75,00 gm Nelson Sauvin [13,00 %] (3 min) Hops 15,5 IBU
50,00 gm Centennial [10,00 %] (1 min) Hops 3,1 IBU

#VOTEFORTHEGOAT 🙂

Edit: I competed in the “misc class” with 20 other beers from low alcohol to strange or strong beers. I came on 6’th place. In retrospect my 10 liters did last for more than 4 hours. I think that many people who would have liked it didn’t want to try because it was black. Many people said that they wanted to try it just because of the name, and they looked surprised and pleased after they tasted it. I should have signed it up as an IPA instead, then the keg would have been finished much sooner (I think), and maybe made a better place.

 

Nindia Imperial Black Ale, the SM Beer

I decided to make an Imperial Black IPA or IBA, CDA (Cascadian Dark Ale) or what ever you like to call an overhopped black ale. I did a Ninja IPA in July last year and I think this is one of the best ones I ever made. The recipe was spot on, I tried many other Black IPA from Amager, Stone, Southern Tier, Beer Here etc. But I like the one I made best of all.

Why is that, well maybe I have a completely different idea. The Ninja IPA have less roasty tones than all others I tried, but it is still pitch black. Maybe those brewerys want it that way, not me. I do like heavy stouts, but I don’t want an overhopped stout.

So I decided to make another batch and bring it to the SHBF (Swedish home brewers asssociation) “competition” in May. I think I will give them to the jury and the “peoples choice” competition. But I’m not 100% sure, because it is not the original recipe. It is not the same malts, and not the same hops because I had to use what I have. I actually never tried to make the exact same beer (same recipe) twice because it is more fun to experiment and get the feeling of how it will turn out when brewing.

If it doesn’t meet up to what I expect I might not bring it to SM, we just have to wait and see. I hope you will come to this event and taste it, and considering giving me the vote if you find it is the best 🙂

SM i hembryggd öl 2011

I will be there, you will recognize meand the goate ;-).
Saturday on May 7’th. Come early because I will only bring one small keg of 9 liters! See this web site for more details.

OG 1093 estimated FG 1026 = ABV 8.8%
IBU 93 (and Dry hopped as hell)