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.
Beer experience of the year 2015 is the last award to give out this week in the end of year series from the Danish beer bloggers. It could have been one of numerous beer festivals and other beer events, but to me it’s just one particular beer drinking experience at home that stands out in my memory.
I’m rating beer on Ratebeer, and we’re a few people here in Odense who regularly get together and share a bunch of beers. Sometimes they’re as good as we expected, and other times they are a little disappointing. And then, every now and then, a beer stands out as sublime, far beyond what we could have expected. One cold, dark afternoon in early November, we had not one, but two of those, and I’m pretty sure that all three of us agreed that it was extraordinary.
Today we’re naming the non-Danish brewery of the year, or International brewery of the year 2015. This category gives me thousands of breweries to choose from, but of course I managed to find one that stands out for 2015 in particular, not just for brewing consistently great beer.
Shaun Hill and Hill Farmstead Brewery has won pretty much every award there is, and now he can add Beertalk Brewery of the Year to the collection. One of the highlights of the year was a Saturday in May. My friend Martin had traded some beers and received absolutely fresh Hill Farmstead pale ales and saisons, among a few other fine, hoppy American beers.