Amager Bryghus / Stillwater Darkest of Suns

Amager Bryghus and Stillwater Artisanal Darkest of Suns spiced dark saisonDarkest of Suns is a dark brown, spicy saison with peppercorn and juniper. It was brewed at Amager Bryghus in collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal. Stillwater and brewer Brian Strumke are best known for brewing saison, and so it was natural for Amager to invite him in to brew a variation of saison.

The beer is a dark chestnut brown, with a fluffy, and long lasting tan head. The aroma is intense. It has a unique spicy character. The peppercorn are obvious, and the juniper comes off in a spicy wooden way, much like cedar wood. There is some herbal hop character along with the spice, and malty notes of biscuit and toffee. All in all, I think it works very well, in its own unique way.

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Amager Bryghus Linda the Axe Grinder

Amager Bryghus Linda the Axe Grinder brewed in collaboration with Linda HaugLinda the Axe Grinder is a huge, hoppy imperial red ale brewed at Amager Bryghus in collaboration with Linda Haug. A couple of years ago Todd The Axe Man, brewed in collaboration with Todd Haug of Surly Brewing was a huge hit. Linda doesn’t work at Surly (anymore), but still deserved a beer in her own name, and here it is.

Linda the Axe Grinder is a 9% beer, but it feels bigger than that. It’s sweet and boozy, but it has that dessert wine feel that makes it acceptable anyway. It’s a copper red beer with a thick and creamy, long lasting off-white head.  Continue reading Amager Bryghus Linda the Axe Grinder

Amager Bryghus / Fonta Flora The Lady of Cofitachequi

Amager Bryghus / Fonta Flora The Lady of Cofitachequi in a Spiegelau IPA glassThe Lady of Cofitachequi is an IPA brewed at Amager Bryghus in collaboration with the North Carolina brewery Fonta Flora. I can’t say that I know the brewery very well. They visited Amager when they were in Copenhagen for Copenhagen Beer Celebration. I had a couple of their beers at the festival, but I wasn’t too impressed.

The Lady of Cofitachequi is a very classic IPA. It uses Amarillo, Simcoe and Citra hops, giving the beer a very nice and inviting aroma. It’s classic stuff like citrus peel and ripe peach that dominates the aroma.

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Amager Bryghus / Cigar City Brewing Game of Arms

Amager Bryghus / Cigar City Brewing Game of Arms in a Spiegelau Stout GlassGame of Arms is an 8.2% ABV licorice porter, brewed by Amager Bryghus in collaboration with Cigar City Brewing. It is part of Amager’s 2016 series of American collaboration beers, and like yesterday’s Swole Mole, it has also been brewed in America. It was first brewed at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa as Top Roll.

Game of Arms is a beautiful jet black beer and it has a firm and long lasting tan head. The aroma is definitely roasted and full of licorice, but it also has toffee and cocoa powder, and a hint of smoke.  Continue reading Amager Bryghus / Cigar City Brewing Game of Arms

Amager Bryghus / Three Floyds Swole Mole

Amager Bryghus / Three Floyds Swole Mole in an Amager Bryghus glass
Amager Bryghus / Three Floyds Swole Mole in an Amager Bryghus glass

Amager Bryghus / Three Floyds Swole Mole is an imperial pilsner. It was brewed as a part of the annual American collaboration beers at Amager Bryghus. Every spring for Copenhagen Beer Celebration, Amager Bryghus invites some of the visiting American breweries to come and brew together. In the next week or so, I’ll go through the five 2016 beers.

Three Floyds have visited Amager Bryghus before. In 2013 they brewed the pale ale Arctic Sunstone. That pretty much took Danish hoppy beer to a new level on its own. Swole Mole isn’t that revolutionary, but it’s a great beer. Another version was brewed at Three Floyds in Indiana as Swole Patrol. Continue reading Amager Bryghus / Three Floyds Swole Mole

Copenhagen Beer & Whisky Festival

Skuespiller Cecilie Lassen er klar til Copenhagen Beer & Whisky Festival
Skuespiller Cecilie Lassen er klar til Copenhagen Beer & Whisky Festival

Om et øjeblik begynder den nye Copenhagen Beer & Whisky Festival. Jeg havde ikke lige fantasi til et skrive et indlæg om sagen, men festivalens presseafdeling hjalp mig heldigvis på vej og sendte mig nedenstående otte gode grunde til at besøge festivalen.

1. Nordic Beer Challenge viser vej til øllets mestre

En rigtig god vejviser til Copenhagen Beer & Whisky Festival bliver Nordic Beer Challenge, der på festivalens første dag uddeler medaljer til de allerbedste øl. Så hvis du er i tvivl om, hvor du starter og slutter dit besøg, skal du dukke op ved scenen torsdag kl. 16, hvor medaljer hænges om halsen på de bedste af de bedste. Mange af medaljemodtagerne vil være til stede på Copenhagen Beer & Whisky Festival, så efter prisuddelingen vil du være godt rustet til at få det bedste ud af dit besøg.

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Ølkælderen at Bryggeriet Flakhaven – New Bar in Odense

Anders Coisbo celebrating his birthday behind the bar at Ølkælderen
Anders Coisbo celebrating his birthday behind the bar at Ølkælderen

Ølkælderen at Bryggeri Flakhaven, opens here in Odense today. With 25 beers on tap, it’s instantly the biggest selection in town, focusing on local beer in particular. Bryggeriet Flakhaven has existed in a long time, as a pretty boring standard brewpub. Earlier this year, it was bought by a group of people including Anders Coisbo, the man behind Coisbo Beer. While Coisbo is a gypsy brewery, Anders started out as a home brewer, and told me that he’s happy to get back at actual brewing.

Upstairs at Flakhaven there is a very nice restaurant, serving the house beer. In the basement, Ølkælderen (The Beer Cellar) will sell the house beers, more beers from Coisbo and the sub-brand Undercover, as well as beers from other local breweries and from around the world.  Continue reading Ølkælderen at Bryggeriet Flakhaven – New Bar in Odense

Jacobsen Export 1874 – Historical Carlsberg Beer

The original Export Lager around 1874 was brewed at Carlsberg, but bottled at independent export bottlers Alliance
The original Export Lager around 1874 was brewed at Carlsberg, but bottled at independent export bottlers Alliance

Jacobsen Export 1874 is a brand new beer, meticulously reconstructed from an old recipe in the archives of the Carlsberg Brewery. It’s brewed by Carlsberg’s craft brewery, Jacobsen Brewhouse, to honour the Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen who enjoyed Carlsberg Export Lager in in his day. I was invited to a presentation of the beer for lunch on Wednesday, at the Hans Christian Andersen museum café, Café Fyrtøjet.

Here in Odense we have the annual H.C. Andersen Festivals, a week with 500 cultural events happening in Odense. Carlsberg is a sponsor of this, and therefore the festival asked them if the could brew a special historical beer. The first step to make this happen would be to find a tie between Hans Christian Andersen and Carlsberg. Continue reading Jacobsen Export 1874 – Historical Carlsberg Beer

Lagunitas Brewing visited Denmark

Six great beers from Lagunitas lined up for tasting
Six great beers from Lagunitas lined up for tasting

A month ago Lagunitas Brewing Company visited Denmark on a promotion tour. They also visited Odense, and at the local pub Christian Firtal, I got to talk with a couple of the representatives, Chris and Mark. The blog has been terribly quiet for a long time, but I have a few things lined up in the coming month, and so it was time to get started writing again. Please excuse the long break!

Lagunitas beers were first sold in Denmark in 2007 and a couple of years after that. Back then, they were more or less in the first wave of American craft beer hitting Denmark, and I wasn’t too impressed. My memory is of quite sweet, malty beers, easy accessible hoppy beers. Probably because it wasn’t fresh back then.

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Cantillon Tap Room – Impressions from Brussels

Visiting the Cantillon tap roomAt the old traditional lambic brewery Cantillon, the tap room has really become an international attraction. Just a few years ago Cantillon was a dusty old museum that served a couple of beers at the end of the tour. But now, the Cantillon tap room is a vibrant place where beer geeks from around the world come to taste and share some amazing beers, including a lot of rarities.

When visiting Brussels a few weeks ago, we stayed in a hostel in the Western part of the city. This is far from the institutions of the European Union. It’s a cheap place to live and it looks cheap and poor. But our hostel was right between the Moeder Lambic beer bar, and the Cantillon brewery, which was perfect.

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