In 1842 the first pilsner was brewed. In Plzeñ, where this light beer was invented, few would have guessed that this beer would be the origin of our contemporary lagers. This pilsner is a fine representative of the style, with a malt character and well balanced bitterness that pairs with Swedish Husmanskost.
Soma Session IPA
All In Brewing
No one can say they like beer and not have heard of an IPA. A session IPA is a particular kind of India Pale Ale – it’s not as strong but should still keep its hoppy and fruity flavour. This one is a masterpiece, since it’s got a great bouquet although the alcohol content is only 4.7 %.
Dugges & Svenska Ölfrämjandet
This is the 30 year anniversary ale for The Swedish Beer Association. Where Magnus holds a seat on the board. A tad biased situation, but hopefully you’ll forgive us. After all, it’s Christmas. And the beer is yummy with a distinct but balanced bitterness and touches of pine and passion fruit.
Next time you decide to order a “Stor Stark” (Swedish for a pint of lager) try an American Dream instead. You see, there is quiet a big difference between lagers and lagers. This one has been appointed the best lager in the world. However, it’s so fruity, fresh and bitter that it resembles and IPA.
This lager has nothing to do with God. In Swedish, the word god means good – a suiting adjective for this fine lager. The brewery Nils Oscar is known for quality and this beer is no exception. It’s based on special malt called Wienermalt, which is darker and makes the beer full-bodied and richer in taste.
This Double IPA is brewed in Belgium by Swedish brewers. Does that make it Swedish or Belgian? Who cares, right? It’s simply great with lots of hops, although it’s difficult to have a lot of these. They’re treacherous due to great taste combined with an alcohol percentage of 8,5.
Anchor Steam Beer
Are you fond of effervescence? Then this is the beer for you! That complicated word means that this beer has lots of bubbles. It’s the result of the brewing process, which was improvised in the middle of the 19th century by brewers on the American West Coast. This beer is malty, fruity and goes well with traditional Swedish husmanskost.
Russian Imperial Stout
It's strong. It's dark. It's rich. Stout is usually almost black in colour. This is due to the amount of roasted malt and unmalted roasted barley used in the process. Save it for a quiet time in front of the fireplace. Or perhaps better yet, why not treat yourself to a glass when Christmas is over and you can have a breather?
Please excuse the horrible rhymes yesterday. The fact that Christmas is just days away probably caused it. Anyway, this Czech pilsner is a classic, first brewed in 1842. It’s is actually the world’s first blond lager beer. Let’s honour it with a loud cheer! (Sorry, again).
Oude Gueuze Tilquin á l'Ancienne
Back to Belgium we go. This sour Gueuze is wonderful. You will find touches of citrus, apples and straw when you give it the attention it deserves. Oh, if you want to be different and interesting on New Year’s Eve, you can serve this instead of Champagne.
It’s Christmas Eve and the last beer of our calendar. Have you tasted them all, are you mad, do you need a medical examiner? Hopefully not, however don’t stop now. This Imperial Stout your day will endow. It is dark, rich and wonderful. A true example; mighty and powerful.
The beer holidays are upon us.
Few have missed the beer renaissance of late. At Big Hat, everyone has been educated quite thoroughly in the hop arts, thanks to our colleague Magnus. He’s on the board of the Swedish Beer Association and teaches us about everything from Doppelbock to Steam Beer.
Now that Christmas is around the corner, we want to share what we know with you. Therefore we present the Big Hat Beer Calendar – a Christmas calendar with a beer a day until Christmas Eve. There’s no special theme other than all beers have been chosen by Magnus. He has tasted a beer or two during the past years and now he will share his favourites with you.
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