Not one but two specials are on sale this year by wizards from AleBrowar, Poland. Saint No More – cooperation with norwegian beer geeks from Veholt brewery – is a perfect gift for every beer nerd. For this occasion it comes in ultimate boxset and unknown price. 🙂 But if you see this anywhere – go for it! It´ll be the experience of this years Christmas!
These lands in the outskirts of Czechia had and still have a very diffilcut times. Almost deserted after the WWII because of the expulsion of Germans from Czechoslovakia many tradicions vanished. Breweries are perfect example. There were lost of german-owned breweries in Sudetenland until 1948 and almost all of them were gone very quickly after this date. But some of them are coming back.
The newest one is Cvikov brewery in Northern Czechia. It was opened last week and I´m big fan of this project. I like the labels – they somehow reminds me something like 80´s design and I love the idea of bringing back old breweries to life. Hopefully their beer will beas good as this whole project.
And the labels are just great! I love font, artworks and of course their old-fashioned logo. If you want something traditional (and Lobec brewery is very keen on this) this is the way you should go. The labels are designed by typographist František Štorm and there will be ten of them. A must for every collector. I just hope that their beer will be so good as their design!
#StoutDay will be celebrated for the fourth year, on Thursday, November 6th. Just like wine vineyards tell the story of the people, the weather, the land and its history, beer, too, tells a story of the land, of the people and the brewers. Having a day dedicated to a beer style really has just accelerated the excitement in the craft brew circles as more learn about the intrigue regarding its history and the variety that the craft beer industry has to offer.
The first stouts were produced in the 1730s. The Russian Imperial Stout was inspired by brewers back in the 1800’s to win over the Russian Czar. “Imperial porter” came before “imperial stout” and the earliest noted use of “Imperial” to describe a beer comes from the Caledonian Mercury of February 1821, when a coffeehouse in Edinburgh was advertising “Edinburgh Ales, London Double Brown Stout and Imperial Porter, well worth the attention of Families”.
Do you fancy something original for this year´s Halloween? Get this!
The Beer Mug costume includes a light weight one piece dress. This frothy mug holds a full of body. One size fits most (size 4-8; 35″-38″ chest).
I wrote this a year ago when I, for the first time, discovered a world of pumpkin ales. And pretty soon I´ll get back to writing about them but this time it´ll be about Czech pumpkins! Lucky Bastard and Permon ones! Can´t wait!
“There are some styles in a beer world which are quite unusual in Europe. Pumpkin Ale is one of the best examples. So it´s pretty hard to get one here. There is only one brewery in the Czech Republic that brews this ale – Radnicni pivovar in Jihlava – but the beer is pretty difficult to get. So I had to look elsewhere. Polish beer scene starts to be pretty interesting and because I have shorter trip to Cracow then to Prague I decided to complete my quest for pumpkin ale in Poland.
Poland has multiple craft breweries. Two of them brewed pumpkin ales. AleBrowar had Naked Mummy – The beer is hopped at the level of 45 IBU, the extract is 16 BLG, which were attenuated to the 6,2% of alcohol content. They used Willamette, Cascade and Palisade hops altogether with spices: cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, ginger, allspice. Unfortunately the batch was pretty limited so I wasn’t able to get a bottle.
The second and probably the biggest craft brewery in Poland helped me out.
Browar Pinta from Wroclaw brews its beers in Browar na Jurze in Zawiercie (small city near Katowice). Its portfolio is pretty good – they brew Imperial IPA, Sahti, Sticke Alt, Irish Red Ale, Imperial Witbier, Extra Special Bitter (ESB), Rauchbock, A’la Grodziskie, AIPA, Weizenbock, Oatmeal Stout, Schwarzbier, Scottish Ale, Vienna Lager, Rauchbier, Pumpkin Ale, Rice IPA, Bière de Garde… The latest one is Pumpkin Ale. Its name – Dyniamit.
Dyniamit was first brewed last year. It was a big success so they decided to brew another batch this year. And they increased the production – 20 000 bottles and 110 kegs. It´s pretty strong – 16,5° (6% alc.) – and very spicy. Cinnamon, clove, ginger and anise are dominant in the smell, pumpkin tones – not strong but clearly there – in taste along with citrusy bits. Small but thick head, orange color. Well – almost perfect beer for Christmas! 🙂 I liked it even though I’m not a big fan of spicy/fruity beers.
It´s clear that this style of beer will never be as popular in Europe as is in the US. But I’m glad I had a chance to drink it and if I am in US during pumpkin season I will be more than happy to try much more of it.”
“It wasn’t long ago when liquor stores carried five or six different beers. A couple of U.S. heavy hitters and maybe an import or two. Times have changed. Walk into your local booze shop now, and you’ll be greeted with shelves of interesting brews. So how do you decide what to drink? While there are countless beer styles, we choose a handful of popular ones and decided to help for when you’re trying to pick a beer for the day.”
Some Barrel Aged Stout for me, please!