Beer Here (Denmark)
Danish brewing legend Christian Skovdal Andersen was the founder and artistic force behind Ølfabrikken, until the brewery fell on some hard times. That didn’t stop Christian. After some saving and planning, he has now founded his own company, Beer Here, and the beer world is already talking about his new brews.
Hopticulus 9.0% ABV 500 ml 15-
Hoptilicus is a barleywine hopped like a double IPA. The idea was to make a strong complex ale show casing both the hops and malts while retaining drinkability from the use of Danish beet sugar which ferments away leaving only alcohol drying the beer out. The label is inspired by a famous Danish B-movie from the 50’es.
Kremlin Crude (Russian Imperial Stout) 10.0% 500 ml 16-
The vinous, rich nose is layered with malt, coffee, roasted grains and pungent smoke. Toffee from the malt and alcohol build to meet the hops, then the flavours melt together with Islay whiskey and dark sultana raisins.
Rye Hopper 9.0% ABV 500 ml 15-
Called Hopfix in some markets, Rye Hopper started as a home brew recipe when Christian, founder of Beerhere started home brewing in the nineties. Wanting to brew a beer with rye, which is a stable grain of Danish cuisine he turned to the Internet and found a recipe from Denny Conn, award winning home brewer from Oregon. After brewing in the kitchen for a few years Christian started a brewery where the recipe lived on for a number of years as Ølfabrikken Rug IPA. When starting Beerhere in 2008, Hopfix would be one of the first beers to be brewed. In the intervening years the recipe has been continually modified but in its heart is it still based on Denny Rye IPA.
SoD (Baltic Porter) 7.5% ABV 500 ml 15-
Full of dark chocolate, cocoa, carmel, figs and black fruit flavors. Full body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. An amazing example of this rare beer style.
Other New Beers
Mikkeller SpontanCherry Frederiksdal (Belgium) 8.2% ABV 375 ml 22-
Mikkeller gets a little sour. SpontanCherry is an oak aged sour ale by the Danish gypsy brewery. Frederiksdal refers to the estate from which the beer gets its sour cherries.
Mikkeller SpontanNoble (Belgium) 8.2% ABV 375 ml 22-
This Belgian Gueze style beer is aged in Sauternes Wine Barrels giving it an amazing wine/grape character which blends extremely well with the sour/tart gueze.
Mikkeller AK Alive (USA) 8.0% ABV 750 ml 19-
Only 1300 cases of this sour/wild ale by Mikkeller was Brewed at Anchorage Brewing Company. Based on Mikkeller's Wild Ale It's Alive, this beer has probably the strongest Funky Brettanomyces character of any of our wild beers. For fans of wild/funky beers only.
Christoffel Nobel (Netherlands) 8.7% ABV 330 ml 11-
This Imperial Pilsner/Strong Pale Lager is dry-hopped with Brambling Cross. 91 points at ratebeer.com. We were only able to get 2 cases this time around.
Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap (Belgium) 8.1% ABV 330 ml 7-
Slaapmutske literally means ‘Sleeping Cap,’ (and, as an extension, ‘nightcap’) in Flemish. The name came about a few years ago when brewer Dany de Smet and his lovely wife, Marleen, were trying to soothe their crying baby, Jonas. When all else failed, Dany hit on the idea of giving the lad a short lick of a finger dipped into a glass of one of Dany’s beers. And with that, young Jonas was out like a light. Marleen declared the beer to be a real ‘slaapmutske,’ and thus, a brewery was born.
Fantome Saison (Belgium) 8.1% ABV 750 ml 22-
This is a tremendously delicious, textural, and fizzy county ale, bright gold color, citric and sour, reminiscent of a good champagne or lambic but in a class all its own.
Fantôme – Golden ale, 8% alc. by volume, with a wonderfully musty and characterful aroma. There are many drinkers out there who believe this is the “Nectar of the Gods.” Certainly no other brewer makes beer like this, in Belgium or anywhere. How many beers of 8% plus offer such fresh fruitiness? A solid Belgian saison beer at its base, with an unusual overlay of fruitiness.
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noir (USA) 4.3% ABV 750 ml 22-
Dark, smooth, delicious. Aromas of worn leather and cool autumn nights. Notes of sweet plum and toasted raisin, hints of coffee and cacao. Lingering tart and refreshing finish.
Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calababaza (USA) 7.5% ABV 750 ml 22-
Brewed in the Franco-Belgian tradition of strong golden ales. Spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet and the beguiling influence of wild yeast.
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