European beer styles seem to inspire the US plus you get a chance to ask our brewers some questions. All of that and more in our weekly brewery update.

It’s been another busy week at the brewery. Even busier than usual, what with people on holidays and all. No complaints, just more beer for us.

The week started with a canning day, of Hip Hops. And on a personal note, there’s nothing quite like ending a Monday, the first day of the week with a three hour old can of Hip Hops. The sound from opening a can is really great, isn’t it?

Bottles are better than cans, because cans don’t make a noise when you say CHEERS!! and bump them against each other.

The week ended with a brewery tour with a group from Volvo. The same topic of cans vs. bottles always pops up, because on arrival, every person gets a can of beer and a glass. Most are happy with the first beer after work, but there’s always a few that’s surprised that they got a can. Apparently craft breweries should only be in bottles. Apparently bottles feel more authentic. All valid remarks, but the best one I heard last night was from a German lady, who said that bottles are better, because cans don’t make a noise when you say CHEERS!! and bump them against each other.

One of the magazines on my reading list is the US outdoor magazine called Outside. Without fail there’s always an article on beer. In this issue they covered European beer styles that are busy inspiring the US Craft Beer market. It’s usually been the other way around, especially if you consider IPA’s and Pale Ales. More Hops, Hops forward, all inspiring words such as Hop Heads and Hop Porn.

Now it seems the styles that we’ve been used to as part of Europe, has started creeping over the Atlantic. The styles that have become trendy include Belgian & French Ales and German Beers, such as Pilsners, RadlersFarmhouse Ales, Wild Ales, Goses, Wheats, Sours and Berliner Weisses. All in all, very good news.

A lot of photos taken of our beer, whether bottles or cans, always seem to have food in the photo. So it must go without saying that if you like craft beer, then you probably like eating good food. And not just beer and food for the sake of it.

Another magazine with great recipes and more often than not, an article about craft beer is “Foodism“, by Square up Media. It’s available for free on the publishing platform ISSUU.

In this article they don’t discuss food, but just Craft Beer and the journey we’re all on. Worth a read.

Ask our brewers a question

During events and festivals we’re always swamped by beer questions. They can range from simple questions about styles and ingredients to others that can be considered a bit more nerdy, like the exact brewing temperatures or yeast cultures. Whilst I can answer the most, I decided to open the floor to our brewers Adam and Richard, so they can answer the questions you may have.

So don’t hold back. Ask what you want. We’ll pick the most interesting ones, and publish them and the answers here on a weekly basis. Just keep them coming.

The photograph you see below, is one of the originals taken right at the start by our good friend Martin Niklasson. It is Adam Norman on the left, and Richard Bull on the right. They’re the reason I got into the craft beer business in the first place. #goodtimes

    Research has shown that exposure to light damages beer and affects its flavour

    Since we started Beerbliotek, we’ve always tried to educate our customers and consumers. Not because we know everything, because we don’t. What we’ve tried to share is the stuff we have learned from having started two breweries, installing a bottling line, a canning line and having brewed 162 different beers in three years. Some lessons were easy to learn, other were harder, but one thing’s for sure, the learning process is never finished.

    One subject getting a lot of attention at the moment is how sunlight affects beer. The advert below is from Estrella, where they changed the colour of their bottle from light brown, to dark brown, and as they say “Research has shown that exposure to light damages beer and affects its flavour”. This may be the reason why certain beers with see-through glass bottles need a slice of lemon?

    This is one reason why cans are so good. No air, and no light.

    Walking through Gothenburg as we regularly do, it’s always great to see our beer on display. This morning we went for an early morning coffee at Da Matteo, where they sell our low ABV beers Session IPA and Sockerbruket Saison. Now they’re not just customers, but also collaborators, cause we’ve brewed a couple of beers using their coffee. Don’t miss them if you ever visit Gothenburg.

    To end of, we’d just like to remind you that our #FreshestCanInTheLand competition ends at the end of this month. See details below, as well as some inspiration from our other entrants.

    Below you can see where to get hold of our beer, plus links to our webshop, as well as our Instagram feed.

     

    That’s it for this week, have a great weekend.

    Webshop

    If you’d like to get hold of the same Beer T-Shirt Richard is wearing then you’d need to get to our webshop soon. We have limited stocks available.

    But fear not, we’re releasing our new merchandise range soon, so keep watching this space.

    #FreshestCanInTheLand #Competition

    One month left to compete in our freshest can in the land competition and stand a chance to win tickets to the All in Beer Festival.

    #Enjoyspring #HipHops #049 #Beerbliotek #SwedishWestcoast #BeerandFlowers #FreshestCanInTheLand
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    Hazy orange colour with big and long lasting white head. Tropical fruits aroma with pineapple infront and some pine in the background.  Medium sweet taste with tropical fruits at first, then grapefruit with light orange and medium bitter finish. Long bitter aftertaste with light carbonation. Nicely balanced and very drinkable. Great!
#Single #hop #mosaic #120 Beerbliotek #Sweden 
Rate: 🍺🍺🍺🍺
#craftbeer #craftbeerlover #craftbeerjunkie #ratebeer #beertasting #beerstagram #beerlover #beer #pivo #freshestcanintheland
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    A rare glimpse of a Hippopotamus drinking by his favourite watering hole! If you speak "hippo" you would have heard him say: "- So they finally came up with a beer with Hippo Hops? Take my money already!" #beerbliotek #FreshestCanInTheLand #HipHops #hippobeer  #sipsavourrepeat #beerbant #beerpics #craftbeer #beerstagram #beernerd #beerknurd #beerisart #beerart #beer #bier #birra #olut #öl #øl #beerporn #cerveza #instabeer #beersofinstagram #beernation #eyeofthebeerholder #takemymoneyalready

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    Meet Bo Ek (his friends call him Bob). Bob is no ordinary guy. He has exquisite taste when it comes to beer. He is also into custom cars and has a keen eye for french cittras. Look at those rims!

Good for you Bob Ek. 
Beerbliotek Bobek Citra - tailored to your needs, no matter how weird they are! 🎶 by The Handsome Family

#beerbliotek #FreshestCanInTheLand #Bobekcitra #sipsavourrepeat #beerbant #beerpics #craftbeer #beerstagram #beernerd #beerknurd #beerisart #beerart #beer #bier #birra #olut #öl #øl #beerporn #cerveza #instabeer #beersofinstagram #beernation #eyeofthebeerholder #takemymoneyalready

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    Beerbliotek Single Hop Mosaic, Göteborg 2016. Järntorget is the shit.. #beerbliotek #freshestcanintheland #single #mosaic #hop #singlemosaichop #rayban #craftbeer #beerporn #instabeer #goteborg
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    Vinnarölen. Sänkt mig till hcp 19,7 #freshestcanintheland
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    Festivals

    All in Beer Festival 4-5 November 2016

    One of our favourite festivals is the All In Beer Fest. The reason? It’s just about beer.

    We’ll be attending again this year, but if you’d like to attend, then there’s two ways to go about it. Buy a ticket, or enter our #FreshestCanInTheLand competition, where you stand the chance to win two entrance tickets.

    Finding our beers in Sweden

    Systembolaget

    Have a look at our Systembolaget page, where you’ll find a map that features the stores that have our beers on their shelves. If you live in other parts of Sweden, then you can follow this link to order the beers directly from Systembolaget.se to your closest store.

    Folköl (Low ABV Beers)

    Visit our Folköl page if you’d like to find out which Stores & Supermarkets, such as ICA & Hemköp stock our low ABV or “folköl” across Sweden.

    You can also follow us on Instagram

    We don’t know about you, but we’re ready for the snow to disappear and longing for warmer, sunny days to come 🌞 

#sunnydisposition

    We don’t know about you, but we’re ready for the snow to disappear and longing for warmer, sunny days to come 🌞

    #sunnydisposition
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    #supportyourlocal

This is Riccardo, the newest member to grace the beerbliotek brewing team, brewing what is to be the latest beer in our single hop series, Single Hop Idaho 7! More will be revealed soon.

If you enjoy tasting single hop beers as much as we do, our Single Hop Mosaic is currently out in the world, and at @systembolaget , Sweden, right now.

#beerbliotek #supportyourlocal #supportyourlocalbarsandbreweries #swedishcraftbeer #sweden #gothenburg #craftbeer #öl #hop #humle #singlehop #singlehopmosaic #singlehopidaho #singlehopidaho7 #mosaic #idaho

    #supportyourlocal

    This is Riccardo, the newest member to grace the beerbliotek brewing team, brewing what is to be the latest beer in our single hop series, Single Hop Idaho 7! More will be revealed soon.

    If you enjoy tasting single hop beers as much as we do, our Single Hop Mosaic is currently out in the world, and at @systembolaget , Sweden, right now.

    #beerbliotek #supportyourlocal #supportyourlocalbarsandbreweries #swedishcraftbeer #sweden #gothenburg #craftbeer #öl #hop #humle #singlehop #singlehopmosaic #singlehopidaho #singlehopidaho7 #mosaic #idaho
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    Is the world getting you down?
We have a proposition.
Do the same as a funny clown,
put on a sunny disposition.

🌞 

Sunny disposition, a 5,2% New England Session IPA. An ideal springtime beer for all of you hop heads looking for a fresh IPA. The first batch will be heading out the door in a few weeks. More news to come.

#beerbliotek #bryggeri #swedishcraftbeer #craftbeer #beer #craftöl #öl #systembolaget #bolaget #systemet #sweden #gothenburg #hazy #session #ipa #sunnydisposition

    Is the world getting you down?
    We have a proposition.
    Do the same as a funny clown,
    put on a sunny disposition.

    🌞

    Sunny disposition, a 5,2% New England Session IPA. An ideal springtime beer for all of you hop heads looking for a fresh IPA. The first batch will be heading out the door in a few weeks. More news to come.

    #beerbliotek #bryggeri #swedishcraftbeer #craftbeer #beer #craftöl #öl #systembolaget #bolaget #systemet #sweden #gothenburg #hazy #session #ipa #sunnydisposition
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    #supportyourlocal

This is Axel, one of our Brewers, and Madison, one of our Marketing people, in the midst of filling some Red Wine and Bourbon barrels with one of our favourite dark beers we’ve done, Eternal Darkness. 

More will be revealed soon on our recent Barrel Ageing project.

In the meantime, Sweden, if you want to have a taste of Eternal Darkness, an Imperial Stout, you can grab a can or two at @systembolaget to #supportyourlocalbrewery.

#beerbliotek #supportyourlocal #supportyourlocalbarsandbreweries #swedishcraftbeer #sweden #gothenburg #craftbeer #öl #barrelageing #redwine #bourbon #eternaldarkness #stout

    #supportyourlocal

    This is Axel, one of our Brewers, and Madison, one of our Marketing people, in the midst of filling some Red Wine and Bourbon barrels with one of our favourite dark beers we’ve done, Eternal Darkness.

    More will be revealed soon on our recent Barrel Ageing project.

    In the meantime, Sweden, if you want to have a taste of Eternal Darkness, an Imperial Stout, you can grab a can or two at @systembolaget to #supportyourlocalbrewery.

    #beerbliotek #supportyourlocal #supportyourlocalbarsandbreweries #swedishcraftbeer #sweden #gothenburg #craftbeer #öl #barrelageing #redwine #bourbon #eternaldarkness #stout
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    Darryl De Necker
    darryl@beerbliotek.com

    Darryl is the Co-Founder & Designer. Head of Marketing & Export at Beerbliotek.