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News from Czech beer scene plus some more stuff. Na zdravi!

International Beer Day 2014 — August 1, 2014
Champion! Nomada Papaya Crash won the Beer World Cup 2014! — July 31, 2014
Beer World Cup – Quarter-finals — July 11, 2014

Beer World Cup – Quarter-finals

We are down to eight! Eight beers from three continents made the stage. So let´s have a look. And it turns out to be a style wars!

QF1: Chile/Kross Stout – Japan/Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout
QF2:Ecuador/Doggerlander Bongo´s IPA – Russia/Stepan Razin Porter
QF3: Spain/Nomada Papaya Crash – Colombia/BBC Septimazo IPA
QF4: Argentina/Antares IPA – South Korea/Craftworks Jirisan Moon Bear IPA

So it´s stout vs. stout in QF1 and battle of IPAs in QF3. There are only two countries from Europe left (Russia and Spain) and the dominant continent is South America with beer in every QF. That is interesting but the reason probably is that south americans can make the beer interesting as for labels, names, colors and styles maybe a bit more in some cases then brewers in traditional markets.

 

Beer World Cup – Round of 16 — July 10, 2014

Beer World Cup – Round of 16

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The knockout stage is here! I let some of my frieds vote and they had to choose two beers from every group which they liked to taste it the most. I made a tables then and there are the results! For Round of 16 I will use only names of states and kinds of beer so you can get a perspective what styles are interesting for tasting.

Mexico (Stout) – Chile (Oatmeal Stout)
Japan (Espresso Stout) – Italy (Saison)
Ecuador (IPA) – Bosnia & Herzegovina (Keller/Landbier)
Portugal (Pilsener) – Russia (Porter)
Brasil (Rauchbier) – Spain (Imperial IPA)
Colombia (IPA) – England (Oatmeal Stout)
France (Bierre de Garde) – Argentina (IPA)
USA (APA) – South Korea (IPA)

Suprisingly Germany, Netherlands and Belgium didn´t make it to the Round of 16. The reasons are probably that I have chosen not so attractive brands or that my voters were in mood for something more exotic and in fact they were a bit suprised that you can find some very interesting beers in South America and Asia.

It´s not a suprise that no African beer made the playoffs.

32 teams in Brazil for World Cup 2014 – 32 great beers from every country participating! (Group H) — June 17, 2014

32 teams in Brazil for World Cup 2014 – 32 great beers from every country participating! (Group H)

Well, let´s play a little game. World Cup 2014 starts in a few days and billions of people around the world will be watching. And many of them will enjoy a good beer and I have decided to give them tips for at least onde good or at least decent brew from every country playing there. Some will be easy, some will be pretty challenging. So there we go!

GroupH

Group H

Belgium – Rochefort Trappistes 10 – Rochefort – Abt/Quadrupel – The top product from the Rochefort Trappist brewery. Dark color, full and very impressive taste. Strong plum, raisin, and black currant palate, with ascending notes of vinousness and other complexities. “33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a diminished off-white head. Aroma is discretely spiced, mild caramel malt and subdued yeast note. Solid carbonation. Flavour is smooth, subdued fruity, slight yeasty. Very very very complex yet elegant (acetyl, raisins, malt, slight roasted, plum, winous, caramel, smooth chocolate and nicely bitter), not overly done, just PERFECTLY balanced! Emphasise has to be put on PERFECT aroma, flavour and palate. Nice lingering finish. Sharp edge in the far finish. It just falls slightly short compared to the Westvleteren 12, But: amazing, fantastic smooth and very controlled brew.” – yespr

Algeria – Algad Golden Pils – Tessala El Merdja – Pilsener – “Bottled. Bottle is Heineken look-alike. That gives a hint about the content maybe. Pale golden colour. Frothy head, rich at first, then slowly diminishing. Aroma is loaded with minerals, a bit skunky perhaps but no major off aromas. I sensed hops and minerals in the flavour. Mouthfeel is clean and lacks off flavours. Body is low, as is the bitterness, if any at all.” – rickgordon

Russia – Stepan Razin Porter – St. Petersburg – Although this brew has all the malty caramel characteristics of a classic porter, it boasts a bright, faintly fruity finish remarkable for a porter. Long-lasting head comparable to a stout; perfect for a half-and-half. “A red-brown beer wtih no head. The aroma is sweet with a metal-acohol note – as often found in strong Eastern European beers. The flavor is dry sweet malty – the alcohol giving it the dryness, combined with notes of metal, alcohol and some rostyness.” – ungstrup

South Korea – Craftworks Jirisan Moon Bear IPA – Yongsan-gu – IPA – A full-bodied hoppy ale reminiscent of Californian brews, this one is strictly for ale lovers, with a high alcohol content, strong citrus notes, and a dry finish. “Pours a finger and half of head on a cloudy dark straw colored body. The aroma is musty pine, lemon zest and some candy corn in the background. Unique but really good. The taste is woody pine bitterness with a light malt sweetness to balance it out nicely. The texture is crisp with soft edges and moderate carbonation. Quite enjoyable.” – fatehunter

32 teams in Brazil for World Cup 2014 – 32 great beers from every country participating! (Group G) — June 16, 2014

32 teams in Brazil for World Cup 2014 – 32 great beers from every country participating! (Group G)

Well, let´s play a little game. World Cup 2014 starts in a few days and billions of people around the world will be watching. And many of them will enjoy a good beer and I have decided to give them tips for at least onde good or at least decent brew from every country playing there. Some will be easy, some will be pretty challenging. So there we go!

GroupG

Group G

Germany – Schneider Aventinus – Kelheim – Weizen Bock – Dark-ruby colored wheat doppelbock with a creamy fine head. Strong notes of ripe bananas, raisins and plums meet liquorice and roasty aromes. Full-bodied and warming, with a well-balanced and smooth finish. The ideal companion for hearty roast meat, venison and also fruity chocolate desserts, “Kaiserschmarrn” (pancakes), “Elisenlebkuchen” (christmas cookies) or blue cheese. “50 cL bottle. Pours slight hazy light brown with an off-white head. Wheaty, fruity and mild grainy aroma. Clove like flavour embedded in a solid wheat flavour, light caramel malt and a lingering almost dried fruity note. Ends with a lingering caramel malt and wheaty blend, mild note of spice inbetween. I like the way the wheat is downplayed – but it is still a wheat beer more than anything else.” – yespr

Portugal – Maldita Bohemian Pilsener – Aveiro – Apresenta uma doçura que contrasta com um ligeiro amargor, é uma cerveja mais consensual devido ao seu aroma a especiarias e à leveza do seu sabor. ” Bottled. Golden colour with a white head, medium lasting. Aroma has notes of yeast, slightly citrus and grassy notes. Flavor has notes of hay, cerealish, moderate bittery with a dry mouthfeel in the final.” – teddybeer

Ghana – Accra Chairman – Accra – Spice/Herb/Vegetable – “Bottled. A dark nut-brown beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has strong notes of ginger as well as some notes of roasted malt. The flavor is extremely spicy – lots of ginger, but also black peber on an alcoholic, malty, and lightly roasted finish. Interesting – but a bit too much for me. Thanks a lot fiulijn for sharing this…” – ungstrup

United States – Three Floyds Zombie Dust – Munster, IN – American Pale Ale – A medium bodied single hop pale ale showcasing Citra hop from the Yakima Valley, U.S.A. “Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of thome50. Pours a cloudy golden with a creamy white head. Very fresh and citrusy hop aroma. Medium body, a little sweet fruitiness but it’s really a showcase for the fresh and crisp hops. Bitter but never astringent and always with an appealing light underlying sweetness. Very enjoyable. 131112” – papsoe

32 teams in Brazil for World Cup 2014 – 32 great beers from every country participating! (Group F) —

32 teams in Brazil for World Cup 2014 – 32 great beers from every country participating! (Group F)

Well, let´s play a little game. World Cup 2014 starts in a few days and billions of people around the world will be watching. And many of them will enjoy a good beer and I have decided to give them tips for at least onde good or at least decent brew from every country playing there. Some will be easy, some will be pretty challenging. So there we go!

GroupF

Group F

Argentina – Antares IPA – Mar de Plata – Part of the “Selecciones del Brewmaster” series. Avalaible only at the Antares chain pubs on tap and 1000 750ml bottles. “Tap at Antares, Rosario Clear copper color, small white head, lace. Gooseberry bush and tropical fruits in the nose. Medium-bodied. Nice grapefruity hoppyness, tropical fruity sweetness. Good IPA, easier to drink than abv shows.” – TBone

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Livanjsko Svijetlo Pivo – Livno – Zwickel/Keller/Landbier – “Poured a remarkably nice misty dark golden body with a small but persistent tick white head. Appley nose – not a good thing. Fresh though, slightly herbal and malty. Appley malty taste, actually refreshing, ending in a slightly too simplistic bitterness… quite papery. Light, bitter finish. Has some faulty, but none that can’t be attributed to the fact that it’s past its BB date… Ok and the slightly simplistic hop sort (though generously used). This is probably a pretty good beer fresh. And the locals kept on trying to convince us that it was really bad BECAUSE it was local (and apologizing). “Support your local brewery” doesn’t seem to work there. And it’s definitely better than the macro crap they ARE drinking.” – Marko

Iran – Black Delster – Teheran – Low Alcohol – Ingredients: Malt, hops, sugar, Vitamin B-C, carbonated water. “Can. Dark and clear. Decent head. Smells exactly like Grape Nuts, which for me is a comfort aroma. Has a thin palate but with sugars on the tongue. Mild barley malts. Is like a bowl of Grape Nuts with water, strained. Bland and boring but has enough sugar and malt action to keep me interested. Not bad for a non-alc, as the dark and barley-forward malts have some richer flavors.” – Beershine

Nigeria – Legend Extra Stout – Lagos – Nigeria is the world’s third-largest market for stout. Legend is a main rival to Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. Legend is real brewed stout. It is differentiated from other stouts in the market by its complete full brewing process that gives it a unique, richer taste and long lasting foam head, giving Legend the credibility to be called “The Real Deal”. “Bottle, 60 cl, shared by nilsas. It pours a dark reddish brown body, clear, and topped by a dense, finger-thick dark beige head. Lots of chocolate in the aroma, coffee, roasted malts and a faint alcohol touch too. Some prunes. The flavor has lots of chocolate and roasted malts, some dried fruits. A little bitterness chiming in as well. Full body and a pleasant carbonation level, pretty soft. Lasting roasted finish with a solid dose of chocolate. I’m sure I could survive some days in Nigeria. 140305” – yngwie

32 teams in Brazil for World Cup 2014 – 32 great beers from every country participating! (Group E) — June 13, 2014

32 teams in Brazil for World Cup 2014 – 32 great beers from every country participating! (Group E)

Well, let´s play a little game. World Cup 2014 starts in a few days and billions of people around the world will be watching. And many of them will enjoy a good beer and I have decided to give them tips for at least onde good or at least decent brew from every country playing there. Some will be easy, some will be pretty challenging. So there we go!

GroupE

Group E

Switzerland – BFM XIV (La Quatorze) – Saignelegier – Weizen Bock – Cette cuvée anniversaire est une version hors piste d’une weizen avec une grosse dose de malt, un houblonnage (Nelson Sauvin, Est Kent Golding, Sorachi Ace ,…) version IPA et un extrait de café. C’est l’ami de ton ptit déjeuner idéal : du fruit, des céréales et du café ! “From tap at Moeder Lambic. Pours hazy orange to brown with a small white and creamy head. Aroma is mild spiced, phenolic and toasted malty to overripe fruity. Fruity, yeasty, phenolic and caramelish. Smooth malty and overripe fruity to yeasty finish.” – yespr

Ecuador – Doggerlander Bongo’s IPA – Sangolqui – American India Pale Ale style copper-amber beer. It has very high fruity-ester, citrus-like, piney aroma and flavor. Medium maltiness is present. And hop flavor is strong. Hop bitterness is medium-high. A very refreshin beer named in honor of Bongo the dog who used to accompany us to brew in our homebrewing time. “Copper, orange, with good head retention; intense grapefruit, passion fruit, mango,fruity, piney aroma and flavor. It has the bitterness of an IPA and I think it is the only real IPA right now in Ecuador. Good beer definitively, lots of flavors and aromas.” – Rodriguez

France – La Choulette Ambrée – Hordain – Bierre de Garde – La Choulette Ambrée is the classic amber version of a French bières de gardes. It has a wonderfully spicy aroma and is fullflavored, but effervescent and refreshing. “Bottle 75cl. Light unclear medium amber color with a small, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, vintage – alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (250108)” – fonefan

Honduras – Cerveza Imperial – San Pedro Sula – Pale Lager – Cerveza Imperial de sabor y carácter clásico. Experimenta la sensación que te da la cerveza Imperial, elaborada con el mejor lúpulo europeo, que garantiza su sabor relajante. Una cerveza ideal para saborearla. Para el consumidor que aprecia lo tradicional y un momento de relajamiento después de un arduo día de trabajo. Ideal para tomar entre semana y acompañar comidas. “Pale yellow color, not much head. Apple and corn in the aroma. Fizzy and watery. Cardboard and hints of apples in the flavor. After sampling this and Port Royal Export I started to believe that all Honduras beers are brewed from apple wort??” – TBone

The Top 50 Craft Breweries In The USA, According To The Brewers Association — April 3, 2014

The Top 50 Craft Breweries In The USA, According To The Brewers Association

samadamsThe Top 50 Craft Breweries 2014

  1. Boston Beer Co. (Boston, MA)
  2. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, CA)
  3. New Belgium Brewing Co (Fort Collins, CO)
  4. Gambrinus (San Antonio, TX)
  5. Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Petaluma, CA)
  6. Deschutes Brewery (Bend, OR)
  7. Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (Galesburg, MI)
  8. Duvel Moortgat USA (Kansas City & Cooperstown MO/NY)
  9. Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)
  10. Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA)
  11. Matt Brewing Co. (Utica, NY)
  12. Harpoon Brewery (Boston, MA)
  13. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, DE)
  14. Shipyard Brewing Co. (Portland, ME)
  15. Abita Brewing Co. (Abita Springs, LA)
  16. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Paso Robles, CA)
  17. Alaskan Brewing Co. (Juneau, AK)
  18. New Glarus Brewing Co. (New Glarus, WI)
  19. SweetWater Brewing Co. (Atlanta, GA)
  20. Great Lakes Brewing Co. (Cleveland, OH)
  21. Anchor Brewing Co. (San Francisco, CA)
  22. Long Trail Brewing Co. (Bridgewater Corners, VT)
  23. Summit Brewing Co. (St. Paul, MN)
  24. Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, CO)
  25. Full Sail Brewing Co. (Hood River, OR)
  26. Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, MI)
  27. Rogue Ales (Newport, OR)
  28. Victory Brewing Co. (Downingtown, PA)
  29. Ballast Point Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA)
  30. Ninkasi Brewing Co. (Eugene, OR)
  31. Southern Tier Brewing Co. Lakewood NY 6
  32. Cold Spring Brewing Co./Third Street Brewhouse (Cold Spring, MN)
  33. Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, MD)
  34. Odell Brewing Co. (Fort Collins, CO)
  35. Stevens Point Brewery Co. (Stevens Point, WI)
  36. Bear Republic Brewing Co. (Cloverdale, CA)
  37. Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe (Eureka, CA)
  38. Left Hand Brewing Co. (Longmont, CO)
  39. CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. (Chattanooga & Louisville, TN/CO)
  40. Breckenridge Brewery (Denver, CO)
  41. Karl Strauss Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA)
  42. Blue Point Brewing Co. (Patchogue, NY)
  43. Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)
  44. BJ’s Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc. (Huntington Beach, CA)
  45. North Coast Brewing Co. Inc. (Fort Bragg, CA)
  46. Uinta Brewing Co. (Salt Lake City, UT)
  47. Allagash Brewing Co. (Portland, ME)
  48. Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (Houston, TX)
  49. Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. (San Jose, CA)
  50. 21st Amendment Brewery (San Francisco, CA)
Czech Brewers Spring Awards 2014 (Jarní cena českých sládků) – 2014 results — March 27, 2014

Czech Brewers Spring Awards 2014 (Jarní cena českých sládků) – 2014 results

zv12ddd_denik-1024The Czech Brewers Spring Awards is the most respectable beer awards in the Czech Republic. 309 beers from 93 breweries entered this degustation contest that is established for medium, small and microbreweries. There are 12 categories and more that 50 degustators voted the results. The most succesful brewery this year was Podklášterní pivovar URBAN from Trebic. The contest is shielded by Ceskomoravsky svaz minipivovaru.

The Results:

Pale Pilseners 18 beers

1 Vsacan, Rodinný pivovar Valášek Vsetín

2 Podskalská Koza, SPŠT Podskalská

3 Zámecká desítka, Zámecký pivovar, Moravany

 

Pilseners Lagers 71beers

1 Valášek, Rodinný pivovar Valášek Vsetín

2 Dobřanská Hvězda, Pivovar Modrá Hvězda, Dobřany

3 Podskalská Koza, SPŠPT Podskalská

 

Polotmavé (Vienna) Lagers 34 beers

1 Falkenstejn, Křinický pivovar s.r.o., Krásná Lípa

2 Černý Orel, Černý Orel pivovar s.r.o., Kroměříž

3 Novoměstský, Novoměstský pivovar, Praha

 

Dunkels 14 beers

1 Vraník, Pivovar Koníček, s.r.o.,Vojkovice

2 Purkmistr, Purkmistr, Plzeň

3 Pikard 11, Pivovar Pikard, Ostrava-Zábřeh

 

Pilseners special 24 beers

1 Ocelot, Pivovar Hrádek, Slavičín

2 Dalešické Májové, Akciový pivovar Dalešice

3 Mudrlant, Staročeský pivovárek, s.r.o. Dobruška

 

Polotmavé Vienna Special 26 beers

1 Urban 13, Podklášterní pivovar Urban Třebíč

2 Svatý Norbert 13, Klášterní pivovar Strahov

3 Vimperský Marzen, Vimperk

 

Dark Lagers Special 22 beers

1 Svatý Norbert, Klášterní pivovar Strahov

2 Flekovský speciál, U Fleků

3 Brokát Dark Lager Kaltenecker, Rožňava

 

Strong Lagers Special 24 beers

1 Cosa Nostra, Pivovar Falkon a Pivovar Antoš Slaný

2 Dobřanský sv. Vít 23, Pivovar Modrá hvězda, Dobřany

3 Břevnovský Benedict IL 20, Břevnovský klášterní pivovar sv. Vojtěcha, a.s.

 

Wheat beers 20 beers

1 Pšeničné, Jihlavský radniční právovárečný pivovar a.s.

2 Weizen Kocour, Varnsdorf

3 Kaplan 12, Podklášterní pivovar Urban Třebíč

 

Pale ale 15 beers

1 Cornel Red Ale, Podklášterní pivovar URBAN Třebíč

2 Easy Rider, Pivovar Nomád – Létající pivovar

3 Blondie PA, Prage Laffe, Petrovice

 

India Pale Ale 32 beers

1 IPA Krkonošský medvěd, Vrchlabí

2 Pegas IPA, Pegas, Brno

3 IPA Atlantis 14 Kaltenecker, Rožňava

 

Stouts 9 beers

1 Černá vdova Robust, Pivovar Zhůřák, Nepomuk

2 Irish stout 15, Svitavský pivovárek Na kopečku

3 Všerad Irish Stout 13, Mnipivovar Všerad, SOME CZ s.r.o.