Brazilian craft beer is happening

The oldest Brazilian Craft beer brewers, Eisenbahn. Photo from wikipedia
Eisenbahn beer. Photo from wikipedia

Craft beer is happening everywhere in the world these years, and of course also slowly but surely in the worlds third largest beer market, Brazil. At the occassion of the football world cup, I wrote an article about Brazilian craft beer for the Danish Beer Enthusiasts bi-monthly magazine, and since I got a lot of help from Brazilian fellow beer writer, home brewer and hop lover Mariana, it’s only fair that I also make it available in English so she can read it.

At the Copenhagen Beer Celebration, Mariana was one of several Brazilians who had made the trip all the way to Denmark. We talked about female brewers, metal rock, the silliness of religion, and also about the Brazilian craft beer scene. And I learned some interesting points that I thought would make a good article.  Læs mere Brazilian craft beer is happening

Seven new Amager Bryghus special releases

Seven new Amager Bryghus Special Releases 2014This spring Amager Bryghus released three new barrel aged beers, and on July 4, four American collaboration brews followed. Amager Bryghus special releases are always of interest, and last week I reviewed each of the beers in Danish. They are so good that they also deserved a piece in English and that’s what you’re reading here.

The barrel aging program has been around for a while – and by program I mean, it used to be a tiny room with a dozen barrels – but this set of releases were beers brewed with barrel aging in mind, not beers from the regular line-up. Two barley wines and an imperial stout that was quite different from other Amager stouts. The four collaborations were done with breweries visiting Denmark for the Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Læs mere Seven new Amager Bryghus special releases

Book Review: The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer

The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer by Ron PattinsonA new book called The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer presents beer history in a new and very tangible way, through homebrew recipes of historical beers. Home brewing is one of the beer enthusiast’s ultimate joys – not just because you get to enjoy the fruits of your effort, but also because you learn so much about beer. And what better way to learn, than through this book about historical beer for home brewers.

Ron Pattinson has studied historical beer for years, and he has now put together The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer full of old recipes from British breweries, “translated” to modern home brewing. Divided into nine broad beer styles, the book takes us through numerous recipes used between 1800 and 1950. In most cases, they are based on the brewer’s actual brewing log from the brew day. You don’t find a much more authentic recipe on an early 19th century porter, an 1850s India Pale Ale, or mild ale or Burton Ale as they were served at the time of the First World War.. Læs mere Book Review: The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer

Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014

Photo: Rob Love
Photo: Rob Love

The third edition of Copenhagen Beer Celebration was held by Mikkeller this weekend in Spartahallen in Copenhagen. Like last year, it was divided into sessions with unlimited beer for a limited time. Each of the 40 breweries then had two different beers per session, which added up to more than enough beer per session. We only went to the first session, Friday from 10am to 2:30pm, the only session that was still available when we bought them, just a few hours after the ticket sale opened, back in November 2013.

It’s quite an overwhelming event, with so many great breweries serving so many great beers, and I’m sure I couldn’t handle much more than one  session, but at least this year we also took out time to visit the exciting food stands and get something to eat. I didn’t try all the 80 beers, didn’t even try to have all the ones that were new to me, but I did have everything I wanted. Here are some Copenhagen Beer Celebration highlights: Læs mere Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014

Brewday at Amager Bryghus with Prairie Artisan Ales

The true purpose of a collaboration brewday
The true purpose of a collaboration brewday

On Thursday I was invited to a brewday at Amager Bryghus for a collaboration beer with Prairie Artisan Ales. The Copenhagen Beer Celebration brought a bunch of great brewers to Copenhagen and the area’s most renowned brewery Amager took advantage of the occassion to do some collaboration brews with four of them – apart from Prairie, it was Cigar City, Surly, and Jester King. Since it was an international brewday, and since the CBC is an international beer festival, I’m writing in English – expect a lot of English in this month.

The brewdays are fun days with lots of people invited. Journalists, bloggers and friends of the brewery gather for a day of beer and banter, while Amager’s hired hand René brews the beer. I know I’m invited to promote the brewery and the brew, so let’s just get that out of the way: I write this blog to make you, the reader, enjoy good beer, and it doesn’t bother me to be “bribed” to write about Amager Bryghus – I hope you look forward to taste the resulting beer as much as I do! Læs mere Brewday at Amager Bryghus with Prairie Artisan Ales