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Beer World Cup – Final! — July 22, 2014

Beer World Cup – Final!

Fanfare please! It´s a final of Beer World Cup and it will be a battle of two different styles!

The first finalist is JAPAN – Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout – Caramel, roasted, black and chocolate malts provide an explosion of coffee like flavors. The strong espresso character comes from the addition of espresso beans to the boil. Notes of vanilla, dark fruit , cocao and chocolate. The very unusual character of Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout stems from the fact that Kiuchi Brewery is using the recipe of a Russian Imperial Stout as base. Pitch black color, big brown head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted bitterness, black currants, dark fruits.

RateBEER score 99/99 – 3.82 Avg.

The second finalist is SPAIN – Nomada Papaya Crash (Imperial IPA) – Beer orange ocher, mild haze and creamy white lather. Intense aroma with ripe tropical fruit, with notes of caramel. The palate is dense, full in flavor, very good balance between the bitterness of the hops and the sweet malt and papaya.Largo and fruity aftertaste. Imperial Style Beer India Pale Ale (alcoholic power with high doses of hops used), using Pale malt, Caramel & Specials. Speakers Citra hops, Columbus and Centennial that give about 100 IBU’s (bitterness level). Surprising IIPA, very well balanced, where Papaya provides an integrated natural sweetness of estilo.Sus own bitterness over 9% vol.alc barely noticeable while savoring this renowned, listed and sought Papaya Crash.

RateBEER score 98/93 – 3.75 Avg.

Can you guess the winner?

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Beer World Cup – Semifinals! — July 15, 2014

Beer World Cup – Semifinals!

We are almost over! We are down to last four! Semifinals! And there are four beers left in the battle for Beer World Cup!

SF1 – Japan/Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout –  Russia/Stepan Razin Porter
SF2 – Spain/Nomada Papaya Crash (Imperial IPA) – Argentina/Antares IPA

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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 C) — June 11, 2014

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

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!

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Group C

Colombia – BBC Septimazo IPA – Bogota – “Bottle from fonefan tasting. Clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy – grass. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 180514” – Rasmus 40

Greece – Santorini Red Donkey – Thira – Amber Ale – Red Donkey, formulated with a combination of malts specifically chosen to produce its chestnut hue, utilizes a different collection of hops – including Aurora and Styrian Golding from Slovenia, Citra from Oregon, and Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand.  Awakened by an alternative type of Belgian-style yeast, the result is fruity, full-bodied and richly colored.  A champagne style bottle completes this elegant offering which will enhance any fine dining experience. “330ml bottle, L-292/13, ordered from Vinmonopolet bestillingsutvalget, picked up at the Langnes store. Clear golden-brown body, very hazy last pour with sediments. Off-white head, loose glass-lacing. Mild fruity aroma, mandarin and grapefruit, semi-dry. Moderate taste profile containing juicy malts with a twist of herbal hops. Bittersweet endnotes. Medium bodied. Quite smooth and clean in the mouth. Fair enough (Tromsø 11.04.2014).” – Rune

Ivory Coast – Mamba – Abidjan – Premium Lager – Malty, German-style lager from the Ivory Coast, Africa. “This bottled brew poured a large sized head of fine to large sized white colored mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body was transparent carbonated and orange in color. It had an malty aroma with a hint of orange peel in it and a medium tingly smooth mouth feel with a very light aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of mild low alcohol malt liquor that was malty and thin. This Malt Liquor would be good for people wanting an atypical Malt Liquor without the strong Malt Liquor flavor and palate” – thedm

Japan – Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout – Ibaraki – Caramel, roasted, black and chocolate malts provide an explosion of coffee like flavors. The strong espresso character comes from the addition of espresso beans to the boil. Notes of vanilla, dark fruit , cocao and chocolate. The very unusual character of Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout stems from the fact that Kiuchi Brewery is using the recipe of a Russian Imperial Stout as base. Pitch black color, big brown head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted bitterness, black currants, dark fruits. “12 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a light redish rim and a small chocolate brown head. Roasted malt, chocolate and herbal coffee aroma. Dry and dense chocolate malty flavoured with a distinct coffee bitterness coming through. Smooth vanilla notes too. Ends slight herbal and roasted coffee flavoured and bitter. Chocolate into the very far finish.” – yespr

Hayao Miyazaki beer label — April 18, 2014

Hayao Miyazaki beer label

I love studio Ghibli and Miyazaki movies. And now I love it even more!

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“I could (and probably will) write an essay about all the ways in which the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo is amazing and totally different from the usual museum (shortlist: limited capacity managed through waiting lists instead of price-hikes; exhibits that are intended to be handled, even the fragile ones; no cult of personality for founders; emphasis on both wonder and production; modest and beautifully stocked shop; overall non-commercial emphasis; quirkiness that is commensurate with the actual films), but for now, I’ll leave you with this: the beautiful Miyazaki-esque beer-labels from the hot-dog and ice-cream stand.”
Miyazaki beer label, Ghibli Museum, Tokyo, Japan (photo by Cory Doctorow)