Archive for April 13th, 2010

Copenhagen beer festival poster

The beer festival in Copenhagen is fast approaching, and a lot of us are really looking forward to meeting up. Let’s hope for good spring weather, but even if it pours, there will be good company and good beer.

A few of the exhibitors of the festival will be show off their medals from the recent World Beer Cup. BrewDog got a trophy for their Hardcore IPA, while local heroes Nørrebro Bryghus got two gold medals for beers in their barrel aged series. I’m sure there will be long lines for these if there are any left by the time the festival starts.

I expect lots of good stuff from Mikkeller, Djævlebryg, Hornbeer and Amager, too.

Here is the preliminary list:

A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen
Samlerforeningen FORT
Det Lille Bryggeri
Roskilde Øl
Rise Bryggeri A/S
Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS
Refsvindinge Bryggeri
Indslev Bryggeri A/S
Amager Bryghus
Føroya Bjór
FUR Bryghus
Hancock Bryggerierne A/S
Bøgedal Bryghus
Carlsberg Danmark A/S
Bryggeri Skovlyst
Midtfyns Bryghus
Svaneke Bryghus
Søgaards Bryghus
Foreningen Ølsamlerne
Herslev Bryghus
Skandinavisk Bryggerisouvenir Samlerforening
Bryggeriet Skands
Thisted Bryghus
Fuglebjerggard Humleavl, Malteri og Bryggeri
Bryggeriet Braunstein
Bryghuset No. 5
Randers Bryghus
Højer Ørbæk A/S
Vejle Bryghus
Nørrebro Bryghus
Fanø Bryghus
OnePint A/S
Stensbogaard Bryghus
Stevns Bryghus
Croocked Moon Brewing
Det belgiske Hus
Ørbæk Bryggeri
Bryggeriet S.C. Fuglsang
Beer Factory
Black Rooster Brewery
Lund Teknik
Raasted Bryghus
Brewdog Ltd.
Fish & Beer
Alumen Import
Magasin du Nord
Impexbeer srl / Technobierra srl
Ølklubben Sirius

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De Halve Maan, Bruges

Brugse Zot

When I was planning for out Easter break, I thought I had it all covered by making Google maps of the relevant areas in Amsterdam and Brussels, as we were spending a few days in each city. Just before we left, Bruges was added as a day trip from Brussels. I did not have the time to do any research, and I did not bring any portable electronic devices of any use. I could not be bothered to wait in line in the hotel lobby for access to a pc, either.
So my beery ambitions for the day trip were extremely modest.
We set out for the general direction of the city centre from the railway station. What looked like a medieval gate in the city wall caught our attention to out right, and we decided to venture through that. We found ourselves in a pretty little square, which presumably is filled with café guests in high summer. Some pretty little shops lined the streets. Plus  a beer delivery lorry, advertising Brugse .
It turned out the lorry belonged to the local brewery, De Halve Maan, right next door. We peeked into the courtyard, and decided that it was a fine spot for lunch. Half an hour later we had explored half a dozen chocolate shops in the neighborhood, we were hungry, and it started to rain. Time to enter their restaurant.
This is a very cozy establishment, serving food only at lunchtime,  12-15 or so. You don’t have to eat, most guests were just enjoying a glass of beer. Most of them were middle aged men or couples enjoying a day out.  The restaurant is bright and airy, decorated with artists’ impressions of the house beers.
Service is fast and attentive, the food arrived fast and was very good. There is fish, pasta and croquettes. I had a plate of carbonnade, meat slowly cooked in beer, just the thing on a chilly day.
There are two beers on tap, the blond and brown versions of Brugse Zoot. The blond is hazy – when they bottle it  is filtered, but here at the brewery tap it is unfiltered. Lots of cereals, full flavour, quite sweet. Sourish finish, very Belgian. The dubbel is dark brown, fine flavour of roasted grain. Nice hoppy finish – I preferred this one.
A souvenir shop where you can buy beer and souvenirs to take out. I bought two versions of their Straffe Hendrik tripel and a glass of pork paté made with Brugse. There are a few beer books for sale, including a beer guide to Bruges and a history of the brewery.
There were quite a few persons waiting to take part in the brewery tour. Check the web site if that’s your thing.

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