Haven’t written anything for two weeks, as I’ve been quite busy, so I thought I’d write a short update. Last Sunday I brewed up a single hop Citra APA/IPA and a Simcoe+Centennial APA/IPA using the same malt base and a English Ale yeast. I’ll post some more details on the brew in a dedicated blog post later during the week. The smell from the airlocks are fantastic, so am looking forward to tasting both of them!
I also tasted the smoked lager, which I would reclassify as a vienna lager with subtle smoked tones, yesterday and I thought it tasted great (malty, toasty, with subtle smokiness and hoppiness). The beer had also cleared well and it had a nice deep amber appearance. Will be posting a proper review later. The porter hadn’t carbonated yet unfortunately.
HOK-Elanto’s Oluthuone pubs are currently having an ‘IPA Festival’, featuring 16 India Pale Ales from around the world. I tried out 8 of them last Friday (SKA Modus Hoperandi, Slottskällans Zero, Mikkeller Tomahawk, Mikkeller Sorachi Ace, Mikkeller I Beat yoU, 8Wired Hopwired, Thornbridge Jaipur and Weyerbacher’s Hops Infusion), and the majority of them were really nice. I really liked 8Wired’s Hopwired, Mikkeller’s I Beat yoU and Slottskällans Zero. Weyerbacher’s Hops Infusion, with it’s strange fruitiness, was my least favorite of the night. I recommend a visit to one of the Oluthuone pubs!
In other news, Panimoravintola Bruuveri are currently having ‘microbrewery weeks‘, where they feature guest tap beers from Finnish microbreweries. Easter beers (as well as Stadin Panimo’s American Amber Lager) should be arriving to Alko the upcoming weeks.
Will try to post some updates and more detailed information on the homebrews, as well as some new beer reviews (I have a lot of interesting imperial stouts in the beer cabinet waiting to be sampled), asap. Until then, have a beer!