Saturday, April 21, 2012

bigger beers

The beer landscape is changing over here. Taking small baby steps from time to time, towards a brighter and more hoppier future. Beer geeks have started importing beer which is a good thing. Until now we have been bound by decisions by importers that favor lager beers or dont want to invest in bigger beers for the smaller audience.

A new line of beers will soon be made available over here, namely BrewDog beers. For those who dont know, a couple of 24 year old geeks in Scotland decided to open up a brewery back in 2007, to try to make bold beers with taste in a market dominated by poor lager beer. The persistence paid off and few years later they have expanded and have 7 beers in the UK. Not so shabby... and the beer is fantastic.

Last night I tried 3 of them and rating are as followed

BrewDog 5 am Saint

An Amber ale really bursting with fruity and hoppy flavors. Perfect balance between malt and hop give this beer exquisite taste and not such a bad hop bite for those not used to it. Both explosive and subtle, really fantastic.

BrewDog Punk IPA

A really good entry-level/session IPA. Floral citrus aroma, some sweetness and grass on the tongue. Long lasting bitter citrus aftertaste. Nice session beer!

BrewDog Hardcore IPA

Double/Imperial IPA and the first we see here in Iceland. Weighting at about 150 IBU´s I was expecting a monster. The sweetness balances well with the bitterness, leaving this beer as the perfect desert. Exceptional!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Einstök White Ale

Einstök White Ale, I think I´ve never blogged about the strange but fun concept that Einstök is. Basically, Americans with great taste are brewing beer in the north of Iceland, or contract brewing to be exact. Which is a very good thing...

This is my favorite of the bunch, but so far they have put out a porter, pale ale and a chistmas double bock (which was kind of amazing).

Einstök White Ale is an unfiltered Belgian whitbier, huge coriander and orange aroma and very easy on the palate. Although the label is a bit cold, here you have the perfect summer beer, and my word how good this must taste on a hot summer day right after doing the lawn.

One thing about the hugely filtered picture I took on my S II of this beer. I think that whitbier is the hardest beer to pair with a good glass. You cant drink it out of a tulip since it destroys the head and generally makes it look worse than it actually is. The Blance De Namur glass is sublime for belgian whit. Narrow but beautiful, makes this look very good, and fun how the yeast that was in the bottom makes the beer very cloudy.

There has been a bit of a wheat beer craze brewing for some time here in Iceland. Ölvisholt have been brewing Freyja (a filtered whit) for some years and gotten good appraisal from Icelandic beer drinkers. Now we have this and two on the way, one from Viking and one from Borg. I think lager drinkers over here are developing better palates..

Also, if you are reading this stateside, Einstök should be available widely in California and in some states on the east coast!

Beware, this is HUGELY drinkable...