Review: Thisted Bryghus Goldings and Target

Thisted Bryghus Goldings and TargetThisted Bryghus is an old Danish brewery with a long tradition. It has survived as independent while most breweries in Denmark were bought and closed by Carlsberg and a couple of other big players. They have a fantastic core range of beers, including Denmark’s first organic beer and the world famous Limfjordsporter. And then they make a lot of other beers.

Last year they started an Anglo-American range with three American styles that I reviewed in Danish back then. This year they have presented three English styles. Here is a review of two of them, a pale ale hopped with Goldings and a brown ale hopped with Target. The third beer is Pilgrim, an oatmeal stout hopped with Pilgrim, no wait, with First Gold hops. Læs mere Review: Thisted Bryghus Goldings and Target

Amager Bryghus and Nøgne Ø Collaboration Brew Day

The people from Amager Bryghus and Nøgne Ø
The people from Amager Bryghus and Nøgne Ø

Amager Bryghus has a grand tradition of inviting other breweries to do collaboration brews. At long last it was time to invite the Norwegians from Nøgne Ø. In the past decade both breweries have been on Ratebeer’s Top 100 Breweries in the world. And if we look at actual, physical breweries, there should be no discussion that they’re the two most respected breweries in Scandinavia.

They are two of my very favourite breweries in the world, and I’m really looking forward to taste the result of this brew day. But first things first. I arrived at the brewery at 10am. Mashing hadn’t even begun yet, but in their defense, Amager Bryghus’ brewer René had already brewed a batch of Hr. Frederiksen earlier that “day”.  Læs mere Amager Bryghus and Nøgne Ø Collaboration Brew Day

Brouwerij Roman – Brewing Through Generations

Lode and Carlo Roman in the heart of Brouwerij Roman
Lode and Carlo Roman in the heart of Brouwerij Roman

Brouwerij Roman is the oldest family owned brewery in Belgium, making a wide range of Belgian beer styles as well as the Romy Pils. The brewery in Oudenaarde dates back 1545, and is now in the hands of Lode and Carlo Roman, 14th generation of the brewing family.

The current buildings are from the 1930s and they are an awe-inspiring sight. The huge yard with buildings on all four sides reminded me of a Danish country estate (like Hagenskov), and I suppose with its private quarters, horse stables and grain storage, it isn’t very far from the truth, though further production buildings make the brewery even bigger. Læs mere Brouwerij Roman – Brewing Through Generations

Crunchikeller: Ny rock’n’roll udgivelse fra Mikkeller

Crunchikeller: Mikkeller Crunchy Frog Brown AleCrunchy Frog Brown Ale er navnet på Mikkellers nye Crunchikeller bryg, der er en 20 års jubilæumsøl for pladeselskabet Crunchy Frog, hvor etiketten prydes af en Keith Shore fyr der spiser en sprød LP, og sloganet “If we took the bones out it wouldn’t be crunchy”. Det drejer sig om en 5,5% brown ale der selvfølgelig skal serveres til selskabets jubilæumsarrangementer og som i øvrigt inkluderer et Crunchy nummer til download fra bagetiketten.

Da jeg er stor fan af Sune Wagners musik lærte jeg selskabet at kende da Psyched Up Janis for en femten års tid siden gik fra hinanden. Sune begyndte i stedet at spille surf-guitar med The Tremolo Beer Gut og jeg købte pladerne og fandt ud af at independent-selskabet der udgav dem havde en god historie og en del andre interessante bands. Da Sune startede The Raveonettes sammen med Sharin Foo udkom de første plader også på Crunchy Frog.  Læs mere Crunchikeller: Ny rock’n’roll udgivelse fra Mikkeller

Willemoes Jubilæums Bryg

Willemoes Jubilæums BrygDet var i maj 10 år siden at Vestfyen første gang kunne præsentere øl i serien Willemoes, deres specialøl der sælges i Coops butikker. I den anledning har de brygget en særlig jubilæumsbryg kaldet Willemoes Jubilæums Bryg (det er deres fejlagtige orddeling, ikke min), som er en såkaldt imperial brown ale på 7%, brygget med svesker og tilsat rom.

Jeg har stor respekt for Willemoes-øllet, der virkelig har rykket noget i forhold til at få bedre øl ud i danskernes spisestuer og sofakroge, men må samtidig erkende at de ikke brygger øl med mig som målgruppe. Jeg synes deres øl generelt er kedeligt, alt for sødt, og i store træk for stærkt i forhold til hvilken smagsoplevelse man får.  Læs mere Willemoes Jubilæums Bryg