Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

spring is hoppy

Something big is on the horizon! The first Icelandic double IPA! 2xÚlfur, or simply called Úlfur Úlfur will be released on the 1st of may as a spring release from Borg. I am quite excited since I´ve had at least two test batches of this fantastic brew.

The latest was just weeks ago at Kex Beer festival This is just a west coast hop monster, which will be something close to 8% abv and tickling the 100 IBU mark. Full review to follow on the bottle release.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Pliny The Elder

Ever since my journey through the more hoppier range of beers began, there has been one name that has been in every single discussion about IPA, "Pliny The Elder".

A lot has been said about Russian River and how Vinnie Cilurzo revolutionized the west coast IPA with Pliny The Elder. Every beer enthusiast in the world has tried to hunt down a bottle, and many have traveled to Santa Rosa in California as their own personal pilgrimage, not only for Pliny The Elder, but for his "big" brother, Pliny The Younger (don´t let the names confuse you).

I first heard of this beer back in 2007, how it was the trademark double IPA and tales of it being one of the very best beers in the world. Being from Iceland, travelling to Santa Rosa was never an option. So after trying to get it through trade, trying to mail order and begging work colleagues who went to California on business trips I realized that my chances were incredibly slim, I would eventually have to travel to California myself just to get my hands on this beer!

Here is where Borg brewery steps in (detailed article coming soon!). Their brewmaster, Sturlaugur Björnsson, was a brewer at Russian River. That man learned his trade there with Vinnie, which almost equals being taught basketball by Michael Jordan. So at the release of Pliny the Younger recently, the Borg crew went there (two brewers, one manager) and probably drowned in hops and sourness. I thought to myself, now here is a chance! I mailed them and begged them to bring home just one bottle, they should just name the price! I did not even expect a reply but due to their kindness, they applied and to my surprise, I was delivered one bottle of this great brew.

Since I try not to be a selfish person I decided to share this with friends and my wife, although my selfish alter  ego begged me not to do that.

When expectations run high a beer like this is doomed to fail. The thought that this might just be an overrated IPA had very much crossed my mind, so I tried to trim down my expectations. Little did I know what was in store for me. This was a fruity hoppy bomb of a beer. I expected it to be over the top bitter but the palate, the aroma, the array of different flavours just make this a near perfect IPA. Perfect golden looks, firm film of a head. Massive massive aroma of fruits, mainly tropical fruits, mango. Taste was a fruit bomb, so incredibly fresh and balanced. Incredibly tasty, more fruits with a giant long finish. Not many beers can stand up to their reputations but this one does incredibly well. I am not biased when I say this is among the very best IPAs I´ve ever sampled.

Massive thanks to the Borg crew!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

happy times!

Since Google has changed Blogger for the better I am staying for the time being, but new site from scratch is in the making and is a long term project. Day 1 of Reykjavik Beer Festival was yesterday. It's a small festival that goes on for 4 days with 1-2 breweries per evening. Last night was good stuff, the local importers of Mikkeller and Migration Brewing from Portland.

Migration was a bit of a surprise gig, but was also very interesting. What a tiny brewery from Oregon is doing here baffles me, but they served up some good brews, a dry hopped pale ale with a massive west coast feel to it, and an "Old Al", named Old Silenus, which was on the sweet side. Both very delicious.

Tomorrow is Borg's night, so I am going to cover that event big time over here.

 No matter what, this weekend is going to be BIG, especially with a bottle of this waiting for me to crack open. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

best of 2012

1. De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis 666
2. Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA
3. Borg Surtur Nr. 8
4. Mikkeller Big Worse Barley Wine
5. De Dochter van de Korenaar Embrasse Oak Aged Ardbeg
6. Borg Giljagaur nr. 14
7. Oskar Blues Ten FIDY
8. Bells Two Hearted Ale
9. Mikkeller I Beat yoU
10. BrewDog Paradox Jura

It was a damn good year
sorry for the lack of posts, this blog is moving to my own personal site, updates soon.