Beer Tasting Evening

Yesterday, me and my friend Marcus, organized a small beer tasting event for our student society. We were a total of 25 people at the tasting and we tasted through a total of 12 beers. We tried to cover the basic range of beer styles, since the majority of the participants were not beer geeks. Another criteria was that the majority of the beers should be available to buy from Alko, Finland’s alcohol monopoly. The beers and styles we tasted were:

1. Harboe Lager – Pale Lager
2. Pilsner Urquell – Pilsner
3. Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel – Dark Lager
4. Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen – Hefeweizen
5. Chimay Blue – Belgian Strong Dark Ale
6. Fuller’s ESB – Extra Special Bitter
7. Brewdog Punk IPA – American IPA
8. Brewdog Hardcore IPA – Imperial IPA
9. Lindemans Kriek – Fruit Lambic
10. Sinebrychoff Porter – Baltic Porter
11. De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis – Imperial Stout
12. Brewdog Tactical Nuclear Penguin – ‘Eised’ Imperial Stout

The whole line-up, unfortunately taken with my camera phone.

After the tasting, the participants got to vote for their three favorites, and the five beers that got the most votes were:
1. Brewdog Punk IPA – 41p
2. Brewdog Hardcore IPA – 21p
3. Fuller’s ESB – 20p
4. Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen – 12p
5. Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel – 8p

My own personal favorites from the evening were Hardcore IPA and Hel & Verdoemenis.

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