Sockerbruket Sour Brewery and some footage from our canning line – Weekly Update

To understand how we ended up with two breweries, maybe it’s time to go back to the start and tell our story a little bit, just for those that might not know.

Beerbliotek was the brain child of two friends, Adam and Richard, who’s from Australia and New Zealand respectively. They used to own a coffee shop, called Doppio, together in Gothenburg. Both of them had a passion for beer and decided to try their hand at brewing it at home, or in their case a small room rented at the Gothenburg Wine Cellar.

A couple of months into this adventure they asked another friend of theirs, Darryl, a South African if he’d like to join. Which of course was an easy decision, as he loves adventures as much as the next person.

After three and a bit years, Adam and Richard decided to open a real brewery, and asked Darryl and another friend Anders, who’s a Swede, if they’d like to join. And so Beerbliotek was born at the end of 2012.

Since the start, the idea was always to keep on brewing as we did as home-brewers, new batches, new beers, trying to improve all whole time. After seven months as Beerbliotek, and running our own companies at the same time, it was time to expand, as we realised we just never had enough beer to sell. So we did, and the Sockerbruket brewery double its production.

Just short of two years after that, we were approached by two other friends Gary, an Englishman and Niklas, another Swede, to see how we can expand for a second time. They became part of the family and we opened our second brewery, just a short walk away from the first one. The production capacity is a lot bigger than when we started, and in addition to the expansion, we also installed a bottling line, and a canning line.

We have now since the start brewed 159 different beers, as we try and build our beer library, and at the same time try and supply new beers to a very thirsty beer market.

We have a standard assortment of around 10-15 beers that are always available. We export to eight countries, and have 10 beers at Systembolaget, the one and only bottle shop in Sweden.

At one time, all beers were sour to some degree. As pure yeast cultures were not available, the starter used from one batch to another usually contained some wild yeast and bacteria.

Running two breweries does not come without its own set of challenges. And after we brainstormed it a bit we realised we had the ideal opportunity to brew sour beers.

Sour beer is beer which has an intentionally acidic, tart or sour taste. The most common sour beer styles are Belgian: Lambics, Gueuze and Flanders red ale. At one time, all beers were sour to some degree. As pure yeast cultures were not available, the starter used from one batch to another usually contained some wild yeast and bacteria.

Unlike modern brewing, which is done in a sterile environment to guard against the intrusion of wild yeast, sour beers are made by intentionally allowing wild yeast strains or bacteria into the brew.

Our first sour beer from the Sockerbruket Sour Brewery was called “Sour Berry Quite Contrary”, and has a healthy addition of Raspberries.

There’s two more batches currently in fermentation, which we’re very excited about, so keep your eyes open for when they hit a bar close to you.

With that we hope you have a great weekend.

 

Until next weekend. Cheers

#FreshestCanInTheLand #Competition

Compete in our freshest can in the land competition and stand a chance to win tickets to the All in Beer Festival.

#Beerbliotek Bobek Citra APA, #Swedish #CraftBeer, #Beer, #BeerSweden, #BringYourOwnBeer, ‪#FreshestCanInTheLand
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Vinnarölen. Sänkt mig till hcp 19,7 #freshestcanintheland
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We stopped near a handy stream during today's ride #naturalcooling
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After a one hour hike up to the waterfall, the beer was well earnt :) #freshestcanintheland
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Nice price on the #freshestcanintheland
6 cans for en hundralapp beerbliotek !
#beerbliotek #craftbeerporn #folkölsrevolutionen #lilladelin #folksbeer
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Swedish summers are normally a mixture of sun and rain. After some tropical days we got some relief today in the form of a few tiny thunderstorms. Regardless of weather some beers can be classified as all-around refreshments. Personally the Mosaic from Beerbliotek became one of those hell-or-high-water-beers you could rely on this summer! 🎶 by Biffy Clyro

#beerbliotek #beerblioteksinglehopmosaicipa #outofcompetition #freshestcanintheland #rainbeer #sunbeer #anyweatherbeer  #sipsavourrepeat #beerbant #beerpics #craftbeer #beerstagram #beernerdtt #ttbeerknurd #beerisart #beerart #hitiiiixbeer #bier #birra #olut #öl #øl #beerporn #cerveza #instabeer #beernation #eyeofthebeerholder
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Name your own beer

Producing so many new beers, 157 at the last count, comes with its own set of problems. Coming up with names. We’ve asked before, but if you’d like to name a beer, then send us your recommendations. Beer name, style and of course your name. We’ll get in touch, and credit you on the label. In the case of “Golden Sour”, our friend Robin Bruhn was first to name this collaboration with Stockholm Brewing company.

    Include your email, if you want us to get in touch.

    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

    In the navigation you can click on the Systembolaget link. There you can have a look at a map, where we feature the stores that will 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.

    Folköl (Low ABV Beers)

    In the navigation you can click on the Folköl link. There you can have a look at a map, that shows all the Stores & Supermarkets, including ICA & Hemköp that already stock our “folköl” across Sweden.

    You can also follow us on Instagram

    Beer Release Friday 16 April starting 2PM @brewdoggoteborg! 

🍻🍋 

We’re releasing the first beer to come out of our latest brewery project – beerbliotek experimental brew.

🍻🍋

beerbliotek experimental brew is a project focussed fully on exploration and experimentation. By bringing a small 100 litre brew kit in to play with the go-ahead for pushing boundaries and playfulness in a creative space, our brewers get to go nuts and try ingredients and different beer styles as a smaller batch. It gives them the freedom to experiment, hence the name.

🍻🍋

Linda Bengtström is the creator of the first experimental brew. You may remember Linda spent some time with us in the brewery this year as a portion of her brewing studies. At Beerbliotek, we decided as part of the education process for interns at our brewery, to create the opportunity for them to design their own recipe and brew that beer on our Experimental kit.

🍻🍋

Introducing Hoppy Lemon Sour Ale. This is a special one-time brew and limited beer release. As Linda is the Assistant Manager @brewdoggoteborg , we thought it was only fitting for them to be the only bar to get the batch! 

🍻🍋

From the creator:
“I’m always dreaming of warmer days, and I wanted to brew a beer to remind me of summer. Juicy sour lemon haze meets tropical, citrusy hops with a hint of coconut and dry hopped for that extra punch! Refreshing and super drinkable, like lemonade. But better.”

🍻🍋
 
Join us & @saganomlinda on Friday if you’re feeling healthy 🍻 book a table via @brewdoggoteborg Facebook.

Take Care and Stay Safe.

    Beer Release Friday 16 April starting 2PM @brewdoggoteborg!

    🍻🍋

    We’re releasing the first beer to come out of our latest brewery project – beerbliotek experimental brew.

    🍻🍋

    beerbliotek experimental brew is a project focussed fully on exploration and experimentation. By bringing a small 100 litre brew kit in to play with the go-ahead for pushing boundaries and playfulness in a creative space, our brewers get to go nuts and try ingredients and different beer styles as a smaller batch. It gives them the freedom to experiment, hence the name.

    🍻🍋

    Linda Bengtström is the creator of the first experimental brew. You may remember Linda spent some time with us in the brewery this year as a portion of her brewing studies. At Beerbliotek, we decided as part of the education process for interns at our brewery, to create the opportunity for them to design their own recipe and brew that beer on our Experimental kit.

    🍻🍋

    Introducing Hoppy Lemon Sour Ale. This is a special one-time brew and limited beer release. As Linda is the Assistant Manager @brewdoggoteborg , we thought it was only fitting for them to be the only bar to get the batch!

    🍻🍋

    From the creator:
    “I’m always dreaming of warmer days, and I wanted to brew a beer to remind me of summer. Juicy sour lemon haze meets tropical, citrusy hops with a hint of coconut and dry hopped for that extra punch! Refreshing and super drinkable, like lemonade. But better.”

    🍻🍋

    Join us & @saganomlinda on Friday if you’re feeling healthy 🍻 book a table via @brewdoggoteborg Facebook.

    Take Care and Stay Safe.
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    We are Ombibulous. We see the merit in all drinks, and we enjoy every one of them.

When we founded Beerbliotek, we did it with the dream of doing something different. Brewing new beers every week, always. Now that almost seems the norm.

8 years on, and that dream is still alive. But it's a dream of doing something more.

Over late nights, travel and our love of flavours, we thought why not? Why only beer? We are Ombibulous.

18 months ago we decided to examine the possibility of making a larger array of drinks. Since our first child has now grown up. It’s time to extend the family. 

@wetcityspirits is born from our love of these things. 

So our first release is a Gin. A Gin we have worked rigorously on for a long time. Striving to achieve our goal of making a Gin for 100 drinks. But our future is more than Gin. Our future is grain to glass. Our future is fermented fruits. Our future, after all, is Ombibulous. 

Follow our journey on @wetcityspirits 

Photo credit 📸 @drickor 
Bottle artwork 🖼 by @thisorthat.art 

#gin #wetcity #wetcityspirits #spirits #sweden #sverige #swedishgin #svenskgin #systembolaget #cocktails #gibson #ombibulous #weareombibulous #iamombibulous

    We are Ombibulous. We see the merit in all drinks, and we enjoy every one of them.

    When we founded Beerbliotek, we did it with the dream of doing something different. Brewing new beers every week, always. Now that almost seems the norm.

    8 years on, and that dream is still alive. But it's a dream of doing something more.

    Over late nights, travel and our love of flavours, we thought why not? Why only beer? We are Ombibulous.

    18 months ago we decided to examine the possibility of making a larger array of drinks. Since our first child has now grown up. It’s time to extend the family.

    @wetcityspirits is born from our love of these things.

    So our first release is a Gin. A Gin we have worked rigorously on for a long time. Striving to achieve our goal of making a Gin for 100 drinks. But our future is more than Gin. Our future is grain to glass. Our future is fermented fruits. Our future, after all, is Ombibulous.

    Follow our journey on @wetcityspirits

    Photo credit 📸 @drickor
    Bottle artwork 🖼 by @thisorthat.art

    #gin #wetcity #wetcityspirits #spirits #sweden #sverige #swedishgin #svenskgin #systembolaget #cocktails #gibson #ombibulous #weareombibulous #iamombibulous
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    Darryl De Necker
    darryl@beerbliotek.com

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