Hermed en opskrift på vegetarisk chiligryde lavet med græskar, champignon og bønner, en ret som jeg har spist med Ugly Duck Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Jeg synes at navnet Chili Sin Carne er lidt plat, hellere navngive maden efter hvad der er i end hvad der ikke er i. Så det korrekte navn er det ret cool Chili con Calabaza eller lidt mere sprogforvirret Chili con Hokkaido. Eller slet og ret Chili.
Lige så meget som jeg elsker at spise kød, så elsker jeg også at eksperimente med vegetariske løsninger. Det er sundt, og det skulle også være godt for miljøet. Det er også spændende fordi kombinationen af øl og mad ofte handler om traditionel nordeuropæisk madtradition hvor kødet er i centrum, hvad enten det er dansk julemad eller tysk Schweinhaxe. Vegetarisk chiligryde er noget helt andet, men også mad som kræver en god øl.
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. Læs mere Ølkælderen at Bryggeriet Flakhaven – New Bar in Odense
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.
It’s time to celebrate the New Beer of the Year 2015. Officially, what we’re doing is the best new Danish beer, but that doesn’t matter since my two top beers of the year are both brewed in Denmark. They are in fact very closely related, and I love them for the same reason. They are: Amager Batch 1000, and Amager/Oppigårds Building Bridges. Amager Bryghus got a lot of love when the Danish beer bloggers named the Danish Brewery of the Year, and now it’s my turn to show my love.
I like my IPAs dry and hoppy, and Amager Bryghus have perfected their beers to match my tastebuds. When you look at the top IPAs at Ratebeer there are quite a few that I would call too sweet and not bitter enough, and although these beers are bursting with amazing hop aroma, I also want my throat tickled with bitterness when I drink an IPA.
This weekend Ugly Duck Brewing releases six new barrel aged versions of a collaboration beer with Brouwerij De Molen, called Nothing But Trouble. I’ll be presenting the beers at the big annual Christmas beer release event at the Indslev Brewery (mother brewery of the Ugly Duck brand), so I have had a little preview of the beers. Yes, I’m working for the brewery, so take these notes for what it is.
The original, unbarrelled, version could be tasted at the Copenhagen Beer Festival as Ugly Duck/De Molen Eendens & Molens, but hasn’t been for sale elsewhere until now. It’s an 11% Imperial Stout brewed with a little licorice and some smoked malt. Read an excellent blog in Danish from the brewday at Rigeligt Smør. Læs mere Ugly Duck/De Molen Nothing But Trouble
Last month Mikkeller and Three Floyds opened Warpigs, a new barbecue place and brewpub in Copenhagen. In the past weeks I have been there a few times, and had the opportunity to eat there once. First visit was after the brewday at Amager Bryghus, and then a couple of times in the Copenhagen Beer Celebration weekend.
I’m no expert on American barbecue, but Warpigs have brought in an experienced BBQ chef in Andrew Hroza who makes it a very different experience from anything I have had before.
This 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