Discussion in 'Can I Play with Madness?' started by Natalie, Aug 17, 2009.
Dying because it's terrible?
Yeah. Didn't even finish the bottle, it was that bad. Feeling nausea ever since.
"A sort of Belgian beer commissioned from the monster supermarket chain."
That line from the review tells me everything I need to know.
I should've known better
And now you do.
Been a bit more adventurous in my choice of beers this last year. Sweden has an alcohol monopoly, meaning we have one chain of state owned, non profit stores with exclusive rights to sell any alcoholic beverage over 3,5% ABV and an insane alcohol tax on top of that, but it also means you can get anything, anywhere. Anyway, I'm not adventurous enough to import wheat beer from a micro-brewery in Guam yet... But I have at least been trying some other stuff, except for the standard lager, safe-choice type of beer.
Please give examples of some really out-there types of beer. I want to see what it costs to import, and see if this facade of 'best store in the world' actually holds up.
Dunno about "out there" but here's some hipster beer from hipster places, in Glasgow:
And a general overview...
None of those Brewdog beers sound or look super hipster.
The labelling on Drygate, however, ugh. I'm glad my brewery has clean, conservative labelling.
As for out-there types of beer, @Maturin, a lot of places are doing wild yeast type stuff where the beer ferments without much interference from the brewers. A lot of sours are hitting the market these days. Personally can't stand them, but some people seem to like it.
Barrel-aging, putting big alcoholic beers into former whiskey and gin barrels for months at a time, has become a fad.
Also, New England style IPA's made with or made to resemble hazy juice drinks have become very popular over the last year.
Of course, my knowledge is strictly limited to the US. Not sure if these trends are global.
Ontario has a pretty robust craft market as well. I guess it comes down to what you're interested in trying. I, personally, am not much of a porter or stout person, and I can't really recommend any of those. Ales and lagers, I can probably dig out a few good ones.
Norwegian brands Ringnes and Frydenlund is pretty good. I have no idea if its possible to get outside of Norway. Im drinking Ringnes now. Been my Main Brand for 20 something years...
I'm familiar with Lambic beer. Unfortunately we only get the stuff with artificial fruit flavours and sweeteners - not bad stuff at all, but it's more of a less sweet alternative to mixed drinks and ciders than beer.
Haha, can totally see that - we do that with Julmust now (basically a soda, only available at Christmas, that looks like cola but is quite a bit more like very, very sweet non-alcoholic beer in taste and texture due to containing hops and malt) - basically paying $3+ for a 0,75l bottle of soda with a weird taste, aged 6 months in bourbon, calvados, rum-barrels or whatever they can get ahold of.
A lot of local micro breweries have sprung up producing anything from Lager's and IPA:s to Porters and god knows what.. Tried a "bourbon mash beer" brewed in part with corn where the producer, on the bottle, stated the inclusion of corn reeks low quality reminiscent of the American 70's... But anything to stand out in the market, right?
Apparently have BrewDogs entire regular offering in my local stores, will try them out.
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