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Ratings

The beers reviewed are rated on a scale ranging from 1 to 6 based on the following parameters:

  • Color
  • Consistency/texture
  • Fragrance
  • Elements of taste and aftertaste
  1. Disgusting (rather drink water)
  2. Poor/boring (somewhat drinkable, but nothing more than that)
  3. Ok (meets expectations)
  4. Good (above average and high quality in terms of taste)
  5. Splendid (top notch; a joy to consume every drop)
  6. Out-of-body experience (absolutely supreme taste and presentation)

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imageThe annual Norwegian championship in homebrewing took place in Kanonhallen at the eastside of Oslo on the 1st of February. There were approximately 100 contestants participating in the championship, serving their brews in hope of winning the prices (consisting of brewing barrels & giftcards for brewing equipment) and- perhaps more importantly, the audience’s attention and appreciation.

A large number of beer geeks of all kinds turned up to have their taste buds teased, with a wide range of different beers- being dominated by IPA’s (which in no way is a negative thing itself), but also beer categories such as several stouts, porters, bocks, pilsners, Belgian and even a couple of fruit beers… The latter ones particularly being much appreciated after the palate has gone numb from three majestic imperial stouts in a row. Luckily, some stands accompany their presentations with goodies like brownies, canapées, biscuits) to maximise the tastespectre.

The voting process has varied a bit from year to year, but the basic principle is still the same: The tasters gets 3 voting coins which they can give to the beers that they appreciate the most- if desired, all coins to one, or one coin to three individual beers. Inside the venue, there are buckets in which excess beer can be poured and glasses washed and rinsed (in addition to clear water, should need be).

The game is on by 18:30 to 22:00, and the hall’s curfew is 01:00. Amongst the contestants, were- in no (chronological) order: Neko Pico, Ring 3, Strand-øl, Puffin, Søylegården, Brættrei, Vlander, Kristiania haandbryggerlaug, Nedre Romerikes bryggerlag, Bryggolfs, Beer Brew crew, Spotted brewery, håndbryg.dk (Nicoline Leonhard), Amish (Wolfgang Eick) and many more. It is a high level of fun/comical touches to some of the contesters’ props at the stands, and some innovative beer names going on here (and believe it or not: The “Sheep Shagging Bastard IPA” does taste fantastic).

Some of the ones that stuck out the most, was Puffin’s “Imperial stout” (aged on portwine barrels), the 15% heavyweight (clone of Nøgne Ø’s Dark Horizon) “Deepwater Horizon” (served with a suiting delicious ice cream made with the aforementioned beer) and Brættrei’s “Raspberry with Brett”. However- it somehow feels almost unreasonable to pick out so few separately, as the level of the competition has reached such a high now- there are a lot of high quality brewing going on, which with little problems could have competed with what’s out on the market in Norway today. Having said that; There are still also some questionable beers going on- take for instance “Hot & godt” (which is recommended with a squeeze of lime)… Which – without saying it doesn’t work, tastes more like a cider to me.

The list of what I did try (there are some- that for some reason, is not included here):

Julebokk vellagret, Deepwater Horizon (Dark Horizon clone), Humlesnurr, Imperial stout (Ring 3), Hot og godt, Cookie Monster brown, Imperial stout (Puffin), Skumbag/Skumberry, Amish Rug IPA, India Brett Ale, Dansk kokos porter, Biere de Garde, Dansk NYPA, Dubbel (Vlander), Sheep Shagging Bastard and London Ale.

Can’t wait for the next year’s edition to come!


Hosted by the Danish legend Royalè himself, Mikkeller, this event of greatness kicked off in Spartahallen on the 3rd and 4th of May 2013. With world- renowned names, such as Surly, Lervig,Brewdog, Firestone, Merciless (De Molen) and of course Mikkeller( amongst others), the thousands of visitors for every session were in for a liquified joyride.  Blessed with a glass, participants walked through several of the best breweries, serving tastes of delicious beverage, which flowed freely throughout Spartahallen. Here we got tastes of premieres: Cheeses made with beer, spirits, coffe and of course beers of the highest quality. Worth mentioning from a subjective point of view, was Darkness (Surly), Farmhouse stout (Lervig), AB: 13 (Brewdog) and Blood Stains (Merciless), for those fond of tumbling around in the dark.

Every single session presented the breweries with different kinds of their brews, and the vibe in the venue was great. Between the sessions, there were breaks with live music and room for getting some fresh air. If one were to complain about anything, it’d be the toilet situation- apart from that, this is an event that will see many of it’s attendancees returning next year.

On the day after the festival had ended- the 5th, there was also a street party (same street as Mikkeller, Vesterbrogade 8- who naturally participated) with food, street markets and of course, beer. Just what one needed to accompany and mark the end of a memorable weekend in the beautiful, peaceful Copenhagen.

A special thanks goes out to Surly & Mikkeller for this great experience!

 

Naturally enough, it is easy to trace ginger in this beer, in both smell as well as taste. The start tastes something like beer, before the ginger takes over with it’s dominating taste. It can best be described as a mixture between 80/20 Ginger ale and lager. Fine freshness and ok taste.

This beer has perhaps the coolest label I’ve seen on the bottle, for starters. With it’s light red colour and a smell pointing directly towards citrus fruit, the aroma reveals a distinct freshness. An OD of taste! This IPA has a very sourish body, delicious orange and lemon/lime, freshness transcends into the great second of malt before an incredibly fruity middle before it all fades out. Amazing, incredibly good.

Wow. This incredible stout looks thick concistency, and judging by the aroma, it reveals a hint of soy sauce, cereal granules. And the taste, what is this like? Dried Fruit, grapes, sweet cherries and chestnut- all wrapped in a candysugarish malt- veil. The absolute beautiful balance provides to a long and full body, topped by a tingling sweet&sour head. Food- accompagny wise, this mukst be a perfect beer.

imageThis homebrew, holding IBU 144, has a sweet, fruity aroma to it. It is a double/Imperial IPA brewed with Centennial and Amarillo hops. The taste also reveals a nice fruit taste, after the subtle introduction… All of a sudden, it takes off with a massive maltbody, before the big bad hops comes for you. Incredibly good, spanning from sweet to exiting spices to extreme. As a friend put it: This beer hosts an evil bitterness!

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A taste of Christmas, really so. Pine needle is distinctively present here in this dark and sweet beer, taste and smell invites to lazy christmas holidays in front of the bonfire- all adjusted by a hint of bitterness that suits it. Les videre

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