09 Jul 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, Radlers, Farmhouse 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.
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.
That’s it for this week, have a great weekend.
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.
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.