16 Jan In 2012 a Wallaby and a Kiwi walked into a bar – Biweekly Brewery Update
Happy New Year.
Let’s start the engines.
Happy New Year. 2018 is already in full swing, the brewery is humming away and we’re preparing for a humdinger. This is the 5th year since we started this beer library and called it Beerbliotek. Besides being our 5th birthday, we also have great plans in store for our export markets, and in particularly for our Swedish market with two big releases at Systembolaget in the first quarter of 2018. More on that further down.
5 Year Celebration.
A lot has happened since that first day.
In 2012 a Wallaby and a Kiwi walked into a bar… By the wallaby, I do mean Adam (Australia) and the kiwi, Richard (New Zealand) who wanted to start a brewery, who then invited two friends Darryl (South Africa) and Anders (Sweden) to be part of it. Since then, we’ve brewed more than 200 different beers, exported to twenty countries, opened a second brewery, brought in two more owners and had a lot of good times.
Since the start we always had our birthday, as the day we brewed our first beer. That was the 19th of February 2013 and the beer in question is Black Ale Chilli.
Black Ale Chilli.
Our very first beer is making a comeback.
2018 marks our 5th anniversary. To celebrate this, we brewed Black Ale Chilli, the very first beer from the start of our journey in 2013. We add house-dried chillies to the fermenter together with even more hops for a hint of fruity and spicy finish. It has a bit of a kick.
Black Ale Chilli will be available from Systembolaget in Sweden on the 16th of February, as part of a special release in selected stores, but as always you can order it to your closest store.
We’re releasing 10,000 cans to celebrate our 5th birthday. Don’t miss out this spicy gem.
A lot more is coming your way.
In 2017 we released nine beers to the Swedish market at Systembolaget. In 2018 we’re aiming for one a month, with Black Ale Chilli out first for our birthday in February. Second out is the updated “A Moment of Clarity“, which will be on the shelves of 96 selected stores throughout Sweden.
During the next month we’ll be submitting the third beer, so more on that later.
If we ever get to Mars, the beer might not be bad.
Here’s an interplanetary botany discovery that took college students and not NASA scientists to find: Hops — the flowers used to add a pleasant bitterness to beer — grow well in Martian soil.
“I don’t know if it’s a practical plant, but it’s doing fairly well,” said Edward F. Guinan, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Villanova University.
Last semester, 25 students took Dr. Guinan’s class on astrobiology, about the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe.
Welcome to Gothenburg.
As part of Omnipollo’s opening of their pub, Omnipollos, here in Gothenburg, they called together a group of Gothenburg breweries to brew an IPA, inspired by the best pastry the world has ever seen, a Semla. The beer is called Hetvägg IPA and on a easy drinking 7,2%
The collaboration was brewed at Stigbergets and includes Omnipollo, Stigberget, Dugges, O|O Brewing, All In Brewing, Sahtipaja, Poppels, Mikrofonbryggeriet and us, Beerbliotek.
Don’t miss these when you get to Sweden.
A semla (most common name in Sweden) is a traditional sweet roll made in various forms in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Norway, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Latvia, and Lithuania associated with Lent and Shrove Monday in Denmark, parts of southern Sweden and Iceland.
The name semla (plural, semlor) is a loan word from German Semmel, which was the name used for the finest quality wheat flour or semolina. The oldest version of the semla was a plain bread bun, eaten in a bowl of warm milk. In Swedish this is known as hetvägg, from Middle Low German hete Weggen (hot wedges).
Today, the Swedish semla consists of a cardamom-spiced wheat bun which has its top cut off, and is then filled with a mix of milk and almond paste, topped with whipped cream. The cut-off top serves as a lid and is dusted with powdered sugar. Today it is often eaten on its own, with coffee or tea. Some people still eat it in a bowl of hot milk. (Many bakeries distinguish between the two by decorating the traditional bun with almonds on top, whereas the jam-filled version has powdered sugar on top).
And in steps our local bakery Sannas Kondotori Baggeri, who’s been experimenting with our beer in these sweet buns, as can be seen in the video. If you’re ever in Sweden at this time, then don’t miss out on this treat.
Join us for our first Brewery Tap Room weekend for 2018.
During 2018, our Tap Room will be open during all uneven weeks (Udda veckor), Fridays from 17-21 and Saturdays from 14-19.
There’s a host of IPAs, our latest White IPA, Modersmjölk (Mother’s Milk) and we’ll also have a Keg Only Mixed Fermentation Sour beer from our Sour Brewery on tap for the first time. We’ll also be selling our Low ABV Beers (Folköl) as takeaways, and don’t miss our Brewery Tour on Saturday, which starts at 2pm.
That’s it from us for this week.
The Beerbliotek Team
Get hold of our beers.
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