After an epic Game of Beers, we hangout for our final episode with Karin and Martin. We do a mini-bottle share. Martin starts us off with a DIPA from Equilibrium's MC2. Mathias jumps in with Firestone Walker's XXI Anniversary Ale. Karin represents with Nerdbrewing's Extends, Vietnemese Coffee Edition. Finally, Stefan rounds it out with Destihl Brewing's Dosvidanya, Rye Barrel Edition. Just to round out the evening, they have Evil Twin's Honey Nut Jeppios, a stout with honey and almonds....
Game of beers is back and better than ever. We found a beer nerd couple that is more than up to the challenge. Karin is brewer and Martin is deep beer ticker. Mathias picked the beers this episode and didn't hold back on his selection. He made this the hardest game to date. But these two master drinkers don't back down from the challenge. It's Game of Beers: Couple's Edition!
This is the first of three episodes with Martin and Karin. We all venture out to Bishops Arms Aldoph Gustav Torg. We've been meaning to get here for a while and we finally did it! Kapusta Brewing has released three sour farmhouse ales. First we try Mirabelle, a wild plum ale, the we give Bramble a try, a wild blackberry ale and finish it off with Sea-Buckthorn, a wild sea-buckthorn ale. It's all part of his Man and Beast series. We get into a lot of things this episode.
We finish off the Mikkeller Beer Celebration - Copenhagen with a surprise interview with Paul Jones, founder and director of Cloudwater Brewing. It's a real peek behind the curtain of UK beer scene and how it's developed over the past three years. Cloudwater exploded overnight and hasn't looked back. We really enjoyed this interview. We hope you do too.
Continuing or exclusive coverage of Mikkeller Beer Celebration - Copenhagen, we make a new friend at Maine brewery, Oxbow Brewing Co. Then catch up with some familiar faces from 7venth Sun and Founders Brewing Co. It's a great round of interviews and makes us excited to catch up with them again next year!
The party might be over but that doesn't mean it has to end. We attended Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen again this year. Friday morning yellow session gave us lots of access to lots of great brewers and beers. This is part one of three. We start off with Hoof Hearted brewery (best brewery name ever!), follow it up with Deya and end it with B. Nectar. Enjoy!
Stefan went to London and brought back as many beers as his suitcase could hold. Before the show we tried beers from Wylams, Northern Monk and Verdant. It was a great pre-show sampling. For the episode we decided to try something from an exciting new brewery called Burnt Mill Brewery. They collaborated with Track Brewery to create Engamatic Galaxies. Following it up is probably the best DIPA ever created, Wylams' Midnight Train to Byker. Be jealous you aren't drinking it.
Chantra joins us again and as always brings a contentious energy. After much debate, she's going to create a chart of Omnipollo releases to Systembolaget. Their latest is another collaboration with Trillium Brewing called Covered in Puppies. Next is a red rye ale from The Kernel called London Brick. Surprisingly we all really like red ales and this rare release from The Kernel to the Swedish monopoly is a welcome treat.
We have a wrap up show with the winner and lose of Game of Beers, Game 4. Tomas opens up his wager beer Alvinne Cuvee d'Erpigny. It's an interesting sour ale aged on sherry barrels. To go with it, we sample a recent Brewdog release, Choco Libre, a mexican hot chocolate imperial stout. It's a favorite style of one of the people on the show.
Show regular Adrian faces off against returning guest Tomas. These two titans of beer sit down to battle out who has the best beer knowledge and palate. This is our hardest game yet, but when you have to very experienced challengers, you can't go easy.
Gothenburg Beer Week just passed and with it two beers related to the week. First up is the latest release from Stigbergets called Sublimo. The dolphin theme greatly amuses guest reviewer and fan favorite, Chantra. That's followed up by the official beer of GBG week Dugges Strawberry Sour Ale, a sour ale that really captures the elusive flavor of strawberry in the best way.
This took too long to get to. We finally make it back to Copenhagen and go to one of our favorite beer bars, Himmeriget. This is one of those beer mecca bars that you have to visit if you make it Copenhagen. Owned by Evil Twin founder, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, they import an amazing selection of beers every week and help establish drinking trends in the market. Plus they have the best bottle list in Scandinavia. This episode we review Evil Twin (of course) IPA Kolada and Pipeworks Mud Monster.
Outside of Denmark, Jacobsen isn't widely known, which is a shame. Jacobsen is the speciality label of Carlsberg brewing focusing on high end traditional styles. Frederic Viking sits down with us and talks about how does a huge brewery innovate and stay competitive in a very active marketplace. Then we discuss their collaborations with Nordic Food Lab and two very innovative beers. It's a rare glimpse behind the scenes of a macro-brewery.
We've been enjoying To Ol quite a bit on the show. Two advent calendars and various bottles on the show so far. Now we finally get to sit down To Ol and talk about their history, what's they have been developing and what we can expect next from this amazing brewery. Jens Reimer joins us on the show to give us the skinny on what's been happening. It's an exciting listen with lots of insight into this amazing craft brewery.
Thanks to Stefan's brother shipping a big box of beers to Sweden. We dive into that fine selection of craft ales with two interesting selections. We try a little brewery in Oklahoma called Elk Valley Brewing Company. Blackberry Bruin is a jammy blackberry brown ale made in the Flemish oude bruin style. Mathias gets to try one of his most anticipated beers Stone Brewing W00t Stout. It's an interesting collection of beers.
We're really lucky to live in the area we live in. We got a great bunch of releases from Systembolaget this episode. When you have one brewery you love, what could be better than when they team up with another brewery? First we have Poppels and Brewski teaming up do to a passionfruit DIPA called Passion DIPA. That's followed by Remmarlöv and Malmö Brewing creating a coffee and cocoa imperial stout called The Collaboration Breakfast Stout.
Adrian joins the show while Mathias trims his beard. His loss is our gain. We both happened to be in Copenhagen recently and picked some outstanding beers. Old Nation Brewing exploded on the scene last week with two releases, Boss Tweed and M-43. For the show, we break out the Boss Tweed, a hazy, smooth, balanced dipa. Adrian drops a classic on the show with Heady Topper from The Alchemist. The Alchemist beers show up about once a year and we're always excited to try it out. We reviewed...
I think he's stalking us. Adrian is joining us again for a pre-bottle share episode. We start with Mikkeller Rozpusta, a berliner weiss with white grapes (or green grapes if you're Swedish) and Cloudwater DDH Pale Simcoe Ekuanot, a delicious ipa with lots of fruitiness. We finally answer the question, "Can you cellar age a Ten-Fidy?" Plus, lots of great conversation.
Do you have a beer cellar? We do. This episode we talk about cellaring stouts and dark beers. How long do you cellar a stout? What are the best conditions? Do different stouts allow for different cellaring lengths? We all answer all those questions. Plus, we each reach into our cellars and pull our of own bottles of Warpigs Smoldering Holes. Mathias brings out Smoldering Holes Rare Eagle Barrel Aged Stout and Stefan presents Smolding Holes Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Stout.
We've been dying to have him on show for months. It finally happened and we're really excited to have Nerdbrewing's Hannes Gruber on the show. He talks about being highest rated brewery in Sweden, his recent release POJO (available this week in bars all over Malmö), his brewing process and let us try some of his "alpha" beers. We had a fun time talking with Hannes and we're hoping to have him as a future contestant on Game of Beers.