Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Photos from Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013

I really just wanted to share the joy and enthusiasm captured in these photos from CBC 2013 and the road trip to get there. These pictures are taken by my friend Vidar and me and I did all the after work on all of the pictures. We're both newbies in the art of photography but still I think we've been able to capture something really beautiful here: One thousand beer geeks coming together to exercise their passion. The best beers, brewers and breweries in the whole god damn world, from five different continents. Gathered under one roof in one of the greatest cities in the world: Copenhagen! Organized by the world’s most famous brewer without a brewery: Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller. A perfect celebration for the best drink in the world...

Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013 was even better than the 2012 festival. The line up was better, the toilets, the food arrangements, the water supply, all much better. Away with the chips, good! And still not any significant drunkenness. Everything went really smooth, the only thing I missed from 2012 were the printed program, yeah that and the brewery De Struise...

See you all again next year, unless I actually have died by the beer!

- Haffy

PS and if you haven't seen my road trip film to CBC 2013 yet do it now, it includes interviews with many of the brewers, visit to bottle shops, beer tastings and general mischiefs and lots of more fun... I'm really proud of these videos!

Please watch in full screen with max resolution! :)

Please watch in full screen with max resolution! :)

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Lervig Johnny Low: Both tasty and low in alcohol?

The taste of summer!

Lervig just released another beer, this time a 2,5% ABV IPA light. Finally a good Norwegian produced low alcohol beer. Now you won’t need to buy imported low alcohol/alcohol free beers anymore like Brewdog Nanny State, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Alkoholfrei, Kapuziner Weissbier Alkoholfrei or the horrible San Miguel 0,0%, or any of the shit that the Norwegian lager breweries produce as an alcohol free alternative. All the mentioned beers above are lower in alcohol than Lervig Johnny Low, but then again Johnny Low tastes more, and that’s why we drink beer isn't it? Cause we like the flavors. With Johnny Low you can drink a whole six pack in front of your kids without getting intoxicated, or you can enjoy as a lawnmower beer, something to quench your thirst while you work in the garden. Shit, you can drink and drive... :) Ha-ha, maybe not, but you can probably enjoy a bottle or two at a meal with some friends and then drive home afterwards.

Instant coolness acquired!

So what is Johnny Low? A 2,5% heavily hopped unfiltered IPA, dry hopped twice as much as Lervig flagship beer Lucky Jack. It got a basic IPA malt base of Pilsner and Crystal malt, the hops used are Cascade, Simcoe & Citra. It's yellow and unclear and when you pour it into a glass it leaves a small white head. It smells like hops and tastes like hops and the hops carry the whole beer. It's a thin beer, and not much malt is going on except a very small sweetness in the background, but it's not in a bad way, cause it's balanced and very refreshing. It got a piny, grassy and citrus like flavor, and a great bitterness that lingers in the back of your mouth for a long time after you've taken a sip. I really like it and I recommend it.

The actual beer is quite lighter in color than this, damn flash fucking up...

As far as I've understood, this is a beer you can legally drink in the streets, and Norwegian stores can sell it during all its opening hours. Hell, you can sell this beer on Sundays, many BBQ parties will be saved this summer! It's a very sessionable ale and something I hope to see more breweries make. Instead of bang for bucks, meaning more alcohol for your money, Johnny got flavor for ABV, meaning it's tasty for it's low alcohol content. But doesn't people drink to get drunk? And the answer is there's a time for everything and there should also be a beer for any situation. If you're into craft beer, you're probably into it for the flavors and not only the buzz, right?

Share a six pack with a friend!

So far my favorite low ABV brews have been Mikkeller's Drinking In The Sun a hoppy pale ale and Struise Black Damnation VII Single Black, an awesome 2% stout. Yeah and the last beer like this Lervig made for Evil Twin, Bikini Beer, great stuff! At Copenhagen Beer Celebration a few weeks ago I tried The Kernel London Sour Raspberry, a 2,3% sour ale that were just amazing, one of the best beers at the festival, super tasty, fruity and sour. My point here is that a good beer is a good beer, and that it's possible to make highly drinkable low ABV beers in any style. I remember talking to Mikkel Borg Bjergsø last year and asked him what his dream beer would be, and he responded that he would want to have a super tasty 0% beer, that he could just drink all day long. Even our friends in ABC Brewing have made a "low" ABV beer, their 3,7% Firewood Stout got great scores on ratebeer, haven’t tried it yet myself though.

Time to cut your lawn?

It's quite trendy now, to make tasty beers with less alcohol and I believe a lot of consumers will pick up on that when Lervig Johnny Low hits the shelves. This batch was brewed in the beginning of May, bottled just a few days ago. Hoppy beers are always best fresh, so don't wait, go get some now. But don't expect the stores to have this brew in the shelves unless you and your friends go to your local store and ask them to order it, now! Oh and if they do, fucking buy some! I know I will...

- Haffy

Monday, 20 May 2013

The Copenhagen Beer Celebration Road Trip (Part 2 of 2)

Hello again

Here we are back with part two of The Copenhagen Beer Celebration Road Trip video. This video is also in multiple languages so I'll make an index for those of you who don't understand Nordic languages.

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00:00-02:09  Intro and a little update (English)

Interview with Surly Brewing (English)
Interview with Brewdog (English)
Interview with Lervig (English)
Interview with Beer Here (Danish)
Interview with Westbrook (English)
Interview with Cycle Brewing (English)
Interview with Three Floyds (English)
Interview with Amon Amarth (Swedish)
Interview with Boxing Cat Brewery (English)

13:27-14:46 Sum up for the last day (English)

14:47-17:07 Three year anniversary party at Mikkeller bar and the ending including Dark Horizon 4 tasting. (English/Norwegian)

Coming soon: Pictures from Copenhagen Beer Celebration, we got some nice pictures so why not share them?

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And if you haven't checked out part one of this story click here! And here's the article from last years Beer Celebration!

- Haffy

Sunday, 19 May 2013

The Copenhagen Beer Celebration Road Trip (Part 1 of 2)

Hello dear readers

This time I got a video for you, in two parts, here's part one! Part two coming soon! This video is a travel documentary and the spoken language is mostly English, but also a lot of Norwegian and some Danish and Swedish. I'm putting up a little index here so you can skip to the parts you understand if you don't understand the Nordic languages.

Please watch in full screen with max resolution! :)


00:00-06:06 Intro, on the road, visiting Aalborg. (Ølkonsortiet & Vinspecialisten) Then driving to Copenhagen and reviewing Mikkeller & Friends, and visiting Ølbutikken & Barley Wine. 
(Norwegian & Danish)

06:06-12:11 CBC
Interview Lervig (English & Norwegian) 
Interview De Molen (English)
Interview Jester King (English)
Interview Mikkel Borg Bjergsø (Danish)
Us from this blog in between all of them (English)

12.11-13:43 Sum up for the day (English)

Hope you liked the video, it's shot with my brand new equipment and I'm still learning to use it, but hell it looks a whole lot better than any video I've done before! :)

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Check back soon for part two!

Oh and check out last years article on CBC: http://diebythebeer.blogspot.no/2012/05/copenhagen-beer-celebration-road-trip.html

- Haffy