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.
If you know about Mikkeller then you know about his Evil Twin brother. They rarely appear together. One lives in Sweden, one in New York. Boxbeers.com imported a lot of Evil Twin beers lately so we jumped on the chance to give them a try. Evil Twin rarely disappoints and this episode they offer two interesting beers. I Always Felt Closer to IPAs than to People, a beautiful hazy IPA and Imperial Doughnut Break, a version of the Imperial Biscotti Break with added doughnuts.
New beer day at Systembolaget brings an interesting collaboration between Brekeriet and Transient Artisan Ales. Ever heard of a style called lichtenhainer? Yeah, neither had we. So we're pretty excited to try a new beer style. We follow it up with a DIPA classic, Piperworks Brewing Co. Ninja vs. Unicorn, that we pickedup from boxbeers.com. Sadly, Mathias couldn't be here this week so we're joined by our third member Adrian!
Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout has finally come to Sweden. It's doing a roadshow of Bishops Arms pubs before it finally debuts in Systembolaget. We got to Bishops Arm Savoy early to be sure not to miss it. It was servered in a special barrel aged Founders snifter glass. Of course, every episode features two beer reviews so we also grabbed a black IPA from Vibrant Forest Brewery called Metropolis. And it's our first bar episode in a long time. It's all coming together.
Mathias couldn't be here for this episode, which is a shame. Adrian and Stefan step out to Beer Ditch and try what will probably be one of the best IPA's we review this year. It's a collaboration between Left Handed Giant, Magic Rock and DEYA called Compulsory Fun. We follow that up with Rocket Brewing Sour Escape with buckthorn. We don't know what a buckthorn is or what is should taste like but this is one tasty escape to sour town.
As we finish our first calendar year, we look back at the best and worst beers of the year, discuss our favorite moments on the show, pick our favorite festival and interviews. Plus we talk about the year ahead and what we look forward to. And, of course, we review two beers, Lervig Supersonic and Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee. All that and more in our Year in Review!
Happy New Year! We celebrate the end of the year by toasting with beers you can enjoy over boring old champagne. We picked two fun bubbly beers that will please your family and friends as you celebrate the end of the year and welcome in the new possiblities of the next year. First is the Rodenbach Alexander, a return of a legendary beer last brewed 20 years ago. That's followe by Mikkeller Oude Geuze, a geuze aged in calvados barrels.
Thanks to everyone for listening this year. We can't...
This is it. It all leads up to this. Day 24! ToØl ends the calendar on a surprise note with Yeastus Christus, a farmhouse IPA. Yeasty, funky with a hoppy aroma. Brewdog makes a political statement with an imperial saison called Make Earth Great Again. Something about mecha-Trump vs a gigantic polar bear brings out the politics at the table. Plus we wrap up our feelings about the past 24 days and who had the better box.
Day 23 features a return to milk stout country with ToØl Sweet Chai 'O Mine Based on our past experience with chai stouts on the show, we are a little nervous. It's up against the third Abstrkt in the box, Brewdog Abstrakt 20, a rum barrel aged old ale. It's time to board the bus to Flavortown.
Day 22 gives us a unique chance to compare two low abv beers. ToØl Sur Tangerine is a tangerine kissed sour dream. Brewdog Santa Paws brings the caramel sweetness of a winter ale in a sessionable package.
Day 21 is a real suprise. ToØl Slap Yourself Silly is an American wheat IPA. Adrian has really mixed feelings about it. Brewdog Dead Pony Club is a session IPA. The word session is a cuss word around these parts.
Day 20 brings two very different stouts and shows just how much variety there is to the style. ToØl By Udder Mean is a milk stout coming in at the lower end of the ABV spectre. Brewdog Paradox Rye is a big bold impressive imperial stout aged in rye whisky barrels.
Day 18 has us trying to figure out what a nettle is and why you would want to make a beer out of it thanks to ToØl Nettles in the Kettles. Brewdog makes us wonder where Vienna is and what makes their lager so special with the Prototype Vienna Lager.
Day 17 gives us ToØl's flagship IPA, Final Frontier, boldly going to new frontiers of hops. Brewdog teams up with Beavertown to create one of the worse named beers ever, Coffee and Cigarettes, a peat smoked imperial stout.