I’ve had a bit of a hectic week but did manage to get to my favourite beer shop once, and as I was browsing I realized that I haven’t written anything yet about German beer – a terrible oversight, especially seeing as I am married to a German!!
So I headed over to the German section in the shop thinking I might find a bottle or two of something I hadn’t seen before, and straight up sitting proudly right in the middle of the top shelf were five bottles I had never seen before, clearly from the same brewery, but of different colours and with different names. Forget Beer vs Beer I thought, this week we can do Beer vs Beer vs Beer vs Beer vs Beer. What better way to spend a Saturday…
They come from the Braukollektiv Freiburg (http://www.braukollektiv.com/), a brewery owned by four guys who decided back in 2013 that they wanted to ‘shake up the Freiburg beer scene’
I didn’t see all of these beers, but I did get manage to get some others that are not listed there, so maybe the website is a bit out of date. Either way it doesn’t matter, it’s a great selection, and this means I have some more to go looking for next time!!
I picked up the Moe Summer Ale, the Gringo Seasonal Ale, the Dolly IPA, the Horst California Brown Ale and the Dark Saison Xperimental Series
First up was the Moe, the Summer Ale, as it looked like being the lightest. Quite light at 5.2%, it is indeed very summery, almost fruity, full of flavour, I would be happy drinking this all day
Second up was the Gringo, a bit darker and 6.5%, you could really taste the difference versus the Moe. Not my favourite tasting beer, but I would be very happy to see it in a fridge at a party
Third up was the Dolly – at 6.9% you could taste the alcohol, but in a good way ;-). I can totally imagine getting through gallons of this stuff without realizing that it is almost like drinking wine. This would be a dangerous drink on a hot day!!
Fourth up was the Horst – another dark beer, it was 6.2% and you could tell! It reminded me a bit of Altbier, if any of you have ever been out in Duesseldorf, but maybe a bit fizzier. I think I messed this one up a bit as I poured the whole bottle into the glass and there were lots of bits in the bottom of the bottle that then sat in the beer. Of course this didn’t in any way stop me from drinking the beer, and I really enjoyed this one, but it did look a bit off with all the bits floating around
And fifth, the Dark Saison! This one was not so strong at 5.4%, although you wouldn’t have realized that from either the look or the taste. It was very rich, lots going on, and a little bit different to all the others. The bottle said on the front that it was part of the ‘xperimental series’, and you could tell that – in a good way
I have always enjoyed beer, but I have recently got into a bit of a habit of drinking the same old lager from the supermarket all the time – so Steemit has been great for me in that I now go out looking for random beers to drink and write about – and so now, even if Steemit goes bust ( I doubt this) and I lose my entire investment, at least I have tried lots of beer!
I enjoyed all of these beers from the Braukollektiv Freiburg – and it makes me want to set up my own brewery someday too!
In terms of winners, there are two today! Based purely on taste, I would go for the Dark Saison – a really interesting beer. Based on being able to spend a whole day drinking in the sun without dying, then it’s got to be the Summer Ale.
Now I’m off to find the rest of the Braukollektiv lineup
Thanks for reading!