Tuesday, 28 October 2014

1349 Black Ale by Surly & Lervig

So finally here it is, the first collaboration beer between the band 1349, Surly Brewing Company & Lervig Aktiebryggeri. A beer that's been in planning for 4 years. You can hear the story in the video and also enjoy the awesome majestic music of the premiere Norwegian Black Metal band 1349!

Please watch in full screen HD, turn up the volume!

I have of course tasted this massive brew and I have to say I LIKE IT! When I first saw the recipe I was like, Woah that's just insane! I don't know how it's possible, but it actually works. I think I would call it an Black Imperial Cascadian Barley Wine Style Stout, hehe. It's packed with dark malts and strong espresso coffee, some of the batch has been barrel aged and it's heavily dry hopped, this is just one crazy beer you have to try. Dark as the abyss of a black hole, full bodied like Anna Nicole Smith, with the aroma of burnt churches and race car tires, this 13,49 ABV strong beer will knock you out like a pissed off Mike Tyson on cocaine.

Approved by Haffy

So where can you try this beast of brew? At the release, it will be in the loft at Tou Scene in Stavanger at Halloween (Friday 31.10.2014) during the sold out beer festival What's Brewing, 1349 will be there and so will brewmaster Mike Murphy of Lervig. The event will start at 19:00, see you there...

- Haffy

Here's a link to a news story in Norwegian that I wrote for ølportalen.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Whats Brewing: Beer tap list part 2

Lists for the last 10 breweries, this can only become awesome! See you halloween...

7 Fjell (Bergen, Norway)

Høst - Saison Sombre, 8,0%
Vinter - American Strong Ale, 7,3%
7 Sorter - Christmas Ale, 6,5%
Svartediket - Black IPA, 7,0%
BØLL 2014 - Coffee Stout, 6,5%
Fløien - India Pale Ale, 6,9%
Mon Plaisir - Pale Ale, 4,7%
Tippetue - Petite Saison, 4,7%
Magnus Barfot - American Pale Ale, 4,7%
Småtøs - American Blonde, 4,7%

Comment: BØLL is the festival beer for Bergen Beer Festival, 7 Sorter is brand new!

Ægir (Flom, Norway) 

IPA 6.5%
Lærdøl Sour Cherry Rye 5.5%
Hrist & Mist Hefeweizen 5.5%
Eir Wasabi Saison 6%
Magni Tripel 8%
Hyrrokkin India Peated Ale 6%

Comment: My recommendation is the India Peated Ale, don't ask me how, but it works! 

HaandBryggeriet (Drammen, Norway)

Haandbakk 8% Flemish Sour
Humlesus 4,5% APA
Premium India Saison 6%
Humlekanon 7,5% DIPA
Cuvee #2 7,5% Sour ale
Haandbic 7.5% Lambic style with cranberries and currants aged in wine barrels
Tindbic 7.5% Lambic style with sea buckthorn, aged in wine barrels.
Wild Thing 7.5% Lambic style with cranberries and currants

Comment: Haand will bring both kegs and bottles, be sure to try their lambic style/sour ales.

Kinn (Florø, Norway)

Vestkyst 7% American IPA
Bøvelen 9% Belgian Trippel
Prestesonen 5,7% English Porter
Gamleguten 7% Brown Porter
Spesial #5, 4,7% American Pale Ale (Sorachi Ace)
Julefred 6,7% Scotch Ale
Tradisjon 5,5% Norwegian Farmhouse Ale with yeast from Voss
Svartekunst 10,5% Imperial Stout
Tomasmesse 10,5% Belgian Quadrupel
Ivar Aasen 10,5% English Barley Wine
Tradisjon 5,5% Norwegian Farmhouse Ale (Normal)
Jubileum 4,7% Brett Belgian Wit
Solsnu 7,5% Biere de Garde 

Comment: Several new beers from Kinn for you to enjoy, I'm specially looking forward to the Biere De Garde & the now 2 year old Tomasmesse. Kinn brings kegs and bottles.

Beavertown (London, England)

Earl Phantom 3.6% Berliner Weisse with tea
Red Currant & Sour Cherry Saison 6%
The Sun Also Rises 9% BA Saison (Collab with Napabier)
Passion Phantom 3.2% Sour
The Gose Strikes Black 4.8% Blackberry Gose
Gamma Ray 5.4% APA
Neck Oil 4.3% Session IPA
8 Ball 6.2% Rye IPA
Smog Rocket 5.4% Smoked Porter

Comment: One of the breweries I look most forward to, they also bring new beers for those of you who have tried them all...

Siren (Finchapstead, England)

Half Mast QIPA 2.8% Session IPA
The Tickle Monster 12% BA Tripple IPA
Empress Stout 8.5% (Collab with De Molen)
Undercurrent 4.5% APA
Haunted Dreams 6.5% Herb/Spice
Soundwave 5.6% IPA
Liquid Mistress 5.8% Amber
Beer Geek Daydream 12% (Mikkeller collab) White Stout

Comment: Brand new beer in the Mikkeller "Beer Geek" series.

Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark)

20 6.8% IPA
Chill Pils Yuzu 4.7% Fruit Lager
Crooked moon Tattoo DIPA 9%
It's Alive! (Chardonnay Barrel with Mango) 8% Sour
Juice Bag without Citrus 7.9% Sour (Collab with To Øl)
Mexas Ranger 6.6% Chili Porter
BA Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter 6% Porter
Skor Brun (No information exist about this beer)
SpontanDoubleElderflower 7.7% Lambic Style Fruit Beer
SpontanDoubleCherry 7.7% Lambic Style Fruit Beer

Comment: Looking forward to the Yuzu beers.

Beer Here (Køge, Denmark)

Kremlin Crude 10% Imperial Stout
Rocketfuel 5,5% English Style IPA
Dark Hops 8,5% Black IPA
Nordic Rye (2012) 8% Dansk Gemmeøl (Lager?)
Mørke 7,5% Spiced Porter

Comment: A small but solid line-up!

Nørrebro Bryghus (Copenhagen, Denmark)

New York Lager 5.2% Lager
Bombay Pale Ale 6.5% IPA
King's County Brown Ale 5.5% Brown Ale
Nørrebro Julebryg 7% Belgian Ale
Herbie (Witt) 6,4%
Latin King (Wheat Stout) 7,2%
Seven Imperial Stout (American Oak) 12%
Seven Imperial Stout (Islay) 12 %
Groseille Rouge 7,2 % BA Sour
Stevens CCC Vintage 2009 8,5% Sour
Little Korkny Ale Niepoort Barrel 12% Barley Wine
Honey Oakwine 10,5% (Braggot/Mead)
Honey Oakwine Blend 10,5% (Braggot/Mead)

Comment: Nørrebro brings many retired and rare beers, they're also the only ones bringing mead.

Dugges Ale & Porterbryggeri (Landvetter, Sweden)

Blå Bärliner 3,6% Berliner Weisse
Lingon Bärliner 3,6% Berliner Weisse
APA 5,0% American Pale Ale
Orange Haze 6,3% IPA
Barrel Aged Winter Warmer 6,5% Black lager
American Hops in the Ardennes 7,0% BelgoIPA (Collab with Mohawk)
High Five! 7,5% IPA
Old Ale 7,8% Old Ale
Almost Imperial 8,2% DIPA
Idjit! 9,5% Imperial Stout
Perfect Idjit 11,2% Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
Belgo Stout 12,0% Imperial Stout (Collab with CAP)

Comment: Lots of new stuff from Dugges as far as I can see, or they totally don't know what their beers are called when they send out lists, either or looks like good stuff to look forward to. 

All In Brewing (Göteborg, Sweden) (NEW ADDITION)

Sofa King Premium Lager (Collab with Dugges) 4.5% Lager
Imperial Porter (Collab with Lervig) 8.5% Porter
RLGK 10517 Celebration Stout 12% Imperial Stout

Põhjala (Tallinn, Estonia) (NEW ADDITION)

Odensholm 9% Porter (Collab with Lervig)
ÖÖ 10.5% Baltic Porter
Virmalised 6.5% IPA)
Rukkirääk 5.9% Rye Ale)
Odensholm 9% Porter aged in pinot noir barrels (Collab with Lervig)
Must Kuld 7.8% Lactose Porter
Must Kuld 7,8% Porter with raspberries
Saak 6.7% Pumpkin ale

So now you have the complete line-up!

- Haffy

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Whats Brewing: Beer tap list part 1

Hey guys, it's soon time for the first craft beer festival ever in Stavanger. I'm super psyched, it's gonna be a blast and the festival is SOLD OUT! (Just about) Yeah! Anyways, here's the tap list for 17 of the breweries, more coming later, probably... :)

Austmann Bryggeri: (Trondheim, Norway)

Ekofisk 9.7% Imperial Stout
Ferdaminne 9.7% Imperial Brown Ale
Glasgow Kiss 6% Scotch Ale (Collab with Amundsen Bryggeri & Spiseri)
Humledugg 6.5% IPA
Northumberland 5.5% Brown Ale
Tre Gamle Damer 5.5% Belgian Pale Ale
Sjokolade og Kirsebærporter 7.5% Imperial Porter
Gyldenløve 6.5% Amber Ale

Comment: Austmann will bring both kegs and bottles.

Grünerløkka Brygghus: (Oslo, Norway)

Løkka Pors Pale Ale (Brewed with bog myrtle) 5,8%
Løkka Vinterbock med rug 6%
Løkka Røk (Lager Rauchbier) ?%
Løkka CDA Black IPA 5,5%
Løkka Jul 2013 5,8%

Comment: Løkka Vinterbock & Løkka Røk is still unreleased as this is published.

Lervig Aktiebryggeri: (Stavanger, Norway)

Farmhouse IPA (Magic Rock Collab 1st Generation) 6.5%
Farmhouse Rustique (Chardonnay BA 1st Generation) 6.5%
Farmhouse Rustique Cherry Edition ?%
Once You Go Black 13.5% (Best new beer Ratebeer May 2014)
1349 Black Ale 13.49% (Collab between: 1349/Surly/Lervig)
Odensholm 9% Porter (Collab with the Estonian brewery Põhjala)
Unfiltered Lucky Jack 4.7%
Galaxy IPA (Super fresh) 6.5%
Art collection IV: Konrad Cherry Port Barrel Edition ?%
Kringly Kris 4.7% (Jule Porter)
The Gose Strikes Back! Collab with Beavertown (Raspberry, Coriander and Sea salt) ?%

Comment: Lervig is bringing their a-game to this festival. Once You Go Black were awarded the title best new beer may 2014 by ratebeer, that's the CBC month, so very impressive. Several new beers here I know nothing about. 1349 the band is coming to the festival for the release of their first beer, it will be in the loft with brewmaster Mike Murhy on friday. A 13,49% strong dry hopped imperial and barrel aged something something awesome. More on that beer on this blog soon.

Lindheims Ølkompani: (Gvarv, Norway)

Cherry Farmhouse 7 % (Our dry house Saison with this years fresh tart cherries from our orchards.)

Nacho Libre 7,1 % (Our IPA or DIPA if you like. Lots of American hops and Nelson Sauvin in 1st worth. 90 Ibus. Originally a collab with Pizza Port (Ignacio Servantes) which became our regular IPA.)

O-pale 6,5 % (Oat pale ale with lots of American late addition hops. Dry hopped twice.)

Afraid of the Dark? 6,9 % (Coffee Stout made with lots of freshly roasted and grinded "Black Coffee" from Solberg & Hansen. A collab with Pizza port (Ryan Fields).)

No name yet... 4-5-ish % (Our Berliner weisse with sweet/tart Victoria plums from our orchards. Soured in our own way!)

Jacobs Hage 4,7 % (Fruit Gose. Local raspberries meets locally hand harvested sea salt from the coast of Oregon. Collab with Breakside Brewing Co. Did you say salt?)

Comment: Nacho Libre is possibly the best IPA in Norway when it's fresh!

Nøgne Ø: (Grimstad, Norway)

Chmiel Iunga IPA 6% (Collab with AleBrowar)
Citra Single Hop IPA 6%
Vic Secret IPA 7.5%
Kriek of Telemark 7% (2nd batch) Fruit Beer
Imperial Rye Porter 9% (Collab wit Terrapin)
Tindved 7% Wild Ale
Dark Horizon IV½ 16% (Bourbon BA) Imperial Stout
Underlig Jul 6.5% Spice Ale
NEW: God Jul Whisky Barell (Cask) 8.5%
NEW: Quadrupel Red Wine Barel Edition (Cask) ?%
Comment: 2nd batch of Kriek of Telemark is said to be even more sour than the first version.

Voss Bryggeri: (Voss, Norway)

Ujevnt Amber Ale 4.7%
Oregonian 6% APA
Vossaøl 6% Traditional Ale
Eldhus Staut 4.7% Stout
Engelsk IPA 6.5% IPA
Ut på tur 7.5% Unknown style

Comment: Ujevnt Amber Ale & Ut På Tur is still unreleased at the release of this article. What to ask the brewer about? Smoked hops, yes smoked hops, he he.

Buxton Brewery: (Buxton, England)

Red Raspberry Rye Sour 4.9%
New World Saison 6.3%
Nth Cloud 8.2% Double IPA
Rain Shadow 11.8% Imperial Stout
Far Skyline 4.9% dry-hopped Berliner Weisse
Stolen Fruit 4.6% Pink Grapefruit and Lime sour - Collaboration with Omnipollo
Jaw Gate 5.6% American Pale Ale
Wolfscote Black Sour 3.3%
Wild Boar 5.7% IPA

Comment: Really looking forward to these guys as I haven't tried much from them.

Hawkshead: (Kendal, England)

Wild Wheat 4.8% Brett Wheat Beer
Juniper & Hemp DIPA 7.5% (Collab with Lervig Aktiebryggeri)
IPA 7%
Damson Stout 4.5%
Oat Wine 8.8% Barley Wine Style Ale
ITI little NZPA 3.5% Pale Ale
Sundown 4.5% India Red Ale
Brodies Prime Export 8.5% Imperial Stout

Comment: Wild Wheat, Oat Wine, Sundown is brand new. Damson Stout haven't been around for years. Also note the Lervig collab Juniper & Hemp IPA for the Rainbow Project color green.

Magic Rock Brewing: (Huddersfield, England)

Acrobat: Apricot & Tarragon Saison 6.2%
Cannonball: India Pale Ale 7.4%
Pith Head: Lemon & Lime Saison 4.5%
Pogonophobia: Flanders Red 7.0% (Collab with Evil Twin)
The Great Alphonso (BA Brett): 18 month BA Bretted Mango Pale Ale 5.4% (Collab with Brodies)
Human Cannonball: Double India Pale 9.2%
Dark Arts: Stout 6.0%
Villainous: Vienna IPA 6.5%

Comment: Magic Rock will no doubt be the kings of the after party, but they also make awesome beers!

Edge Brewing: (Barcelona, Spain)

Stiletto - Saison 7.6%
Midnight Lullaby - BA Barley Wine 8.1%
Flor Del La Vidar - APA 4.7%
Hoptimista IPA 6.6%
Padrino Chocolate - Vanilla Porter 6.9%
White Liar - American Bitter 3.2%
Aigua De Canaletes - American blonde 4.4%

Comment: I know nothing about these guys, but they're rated pretty good on ratebeer, looking forward to it.

Birra Del Borgo: (Borgorose, Italy)

My Antonia 7,5% Imperial Pilsner (Dogfish Head Collab)
Re Ale 6,4% APA
Re Ale Extra 6,4% IPA
Stelle & Strisce 4,8% Blonde
Duchessa 5,8% Saison
Rubus 5,8% Fruit Beer with Raspberry

Comment: Be surprised by how hoppy a pilsner can be with My Antonia.

LoverBeer: (Torino, Italy)

Madamin 2014 6.2% Sour Red/Brown
BeerBrugna 2013 6.2% Wild Ale
Marchè'l Re 2013 8.5% Imperial Stout
D'uvaBeer 2014 8% Wild Ale
BeerBera 2013 8% Wild Ale
BeerBera 2014 8% Wild Ale

Comment: My personal favorite Italian brewery, will probably only bring bottles.

Birrificio Toccalmatto: (Parma, Italy)

Hops Tripper 6.9% DIPA
Zona Cesarini 6.6% IPA
B Space Invader 6.5% BIPA
Re Hop 5.0% APA
Toh Ki-Shu 10.5% Unknown style

Comment: Toh Ki-Shu is a new beer as far as I know.

Brouwerji De Molen: (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

Amerikaans 4.5% Bitter
Hamer & Sikkel 5.1% Porter
Hel & Verdoemenis 10% Imperial Stout
Pale Ale Citra 4.8% APA
Vuur & Vlam 6.2% IPA
Uitmuntend & Voorbeeldig Barrel aged 10.5% Imperial Stout
Bakker Wort Brouwer Bowmore BA 15,2% Imperial Stout

Comment: Hel & Verdoemenis is a world class Imperial Stout, one of my favorites. De Molen bring both bottles and kegs.

To Øl: (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Brown Paper Bag 8.5% Imperial Lager
Fuck Art - This is Architecture (St. Emillion) 5% Barrel Aged Belgian Ale
Liquid Confidence (Aged in Cognac Barrels) 12.2% Imperial Stout
Sort Mælk 13.1% Imperial Stout
Long Time No See 12.8% Imperial Stout
Sundancer 3% Pale Ale
Shameless Santa 10% Belgian Strong Ale
Sur Mosaic 6% Wild Ale

Comment: Long Time No See & the "Fuck Art" version listed has never been served in Norway before.

Evil Twin Brewing: (New York, USA)

Imperial Doughnut Break 11.5% Imperial Porter
Ron & The Beast Ryan 7% Saison
Sour Bikini 3% Wild Ale (Collab with Intangible Ales)
Femme Fatale Sudachi 6% IPA
Femme Fatale Kabosu 6% IPA
Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale 6% IPA
Femme Fatale Blanc 6% IPA
Nomader Weisse 4% Berliner Weisse

Comment: Imperial Doughnut Break is a bit of a curiosity as it is brewed with real doughnuts.

Pizza Port Brewing (Bressi Ranch): (Carlsbad, USA)

Swami's India Pale Ale 6.8%
Chronic Amber Ale 4.9%
Ponto Sessionable India Pale Ale 4.5%

Comment: These beers come in cans.

See you on Halloween in Stavanger over a beer !
- Haffy