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MankerBeer News: Pre-CBC 2014 – Omnipollos öllista

Omnipollo-3-thumb-620x484-46178Äntligen är det dags att ladda om igen för ännu ett Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Årets CBC är inte bara det tredje i ordningen utan har också haft en grym line-up, som med Wakefield och Sante Adarious avhopp blivit något försvagat. Dock har de ersatts med grymma namn som B.Nektar och de lite mer okända Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. och Boneyard Beer. Ett par öllistor har redan hittat sin väg ut på interwebben där ni nu kan se vad både Evil Twin och Hoppin Frog kommer att ta med sig, ni hittar dessa längst ned. Vi har också fått tjuvkika på Brekeriets otroligt spännanse öllista men mer om det senare.

Förutom Brekeriet så ser vi svenska inslag i form av Närke Kulturbryggeri och Omnipollo och det är också de senares öllista vi nu ska stifta bekantskap med. Förutom ölen nedan så hälsar Henok att även deras remix på Stillwaters Premium och Stillwaters remix på Nebuchadnezzar finns hos Stillwater samt att Potlatch US version serveras hos Prairie.

Session 1
1. Fatamorgana IIPA (8%). Saison-inspired Imperial IPA.
2. Schiuma Party (6,8%). Wine barrel aged spelt saison. Collab with Stillwater Artisanal Ales.

Session 2
3. Hypnopompa Grönstedts Cognac BA Imperial Stout (11%). Brewed with 100kg of marshmallows & Tahitian vanilla beans.
4. Nebolution Imperial IPA (10,2%). Mash-hopped, first wort hopped, kettle-hopped and dry-hopped, demanding more than 30 pounds of hops per barrel of finished beer.

Session 3
5.  Potlatch farmhouse ale (7%). Exclusively hopped with Mosaic. Collab with Prairie Artisan Ales.
6. Nebuchadnezzar Imperial IPA (8.5%). Homebrew recipe scaled up 1:1. Simcoe, Centennial and Columbus.

Session 4
7. Hypnopompa Bourbon BA Imperial Stout (11%). Brewed with 100 kg of marshmallows & Tahitian vanilla beans.
8. Astral fresh keg IPA batch 2 Amarillo/Simcoe (8%).


Tidigare publicerade listor

Hoppin Frog

Evil Twin

  • Table Beer. Only keg in Europe. Friday 10am
  • The Mini Dingo. 9.5% Imp. Stout. Only keg in Europe. Friday 10am
  • Blanca Biere. 4% Berliner Weisse. Blanca Restaurant collab brewed at Westbrook. Europe premiere. Friday 3.30pm
  • Ryan & The Gosling. Gose? Crooked Stave collab. Only keg in Europe. Friday 3.30pm
  • Single Doughnut Series – Imperial Doughnut Break Raspberry. Imp. Sweet Stout. Only keg in the world. Saturday 10am
  • Single Doughnut Series – Imperial Doughnut Break Peanut Butter. Imp. Sweet Stout. Only keg in the world. Saturday 10am
  • Joey Pepper. 7% Belgian Ale. Sante Adairius collab. Only keg in Europe – poured by the man himself, Mr. Joey Pepper! Saturday 3.30pm
  • Single Doughnut Series – Imperial Doughnut Break Apple Bacon. Imp. Sweet Stout. Only keg in the world. Saturday 3.30pm

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MankerBeer Meets: Pre-CBC: Fred Karm/Hoppin Frog

IMG_0679 (kopia)Those who attended Copenhagen Beer Celebration last year might have seen a short, extremely happy fellow jumping around and talking to everyone who asked for a beer. The man was the charismatic founder of Hoppin Frog, Fred Karm. This fellow seemed to love the celebration and while blending improvised black & tans one second the next he could be filming silly movies with us from MankerBeer. We and so many with us loved Fred’s passion and based on his actions it looked like he was loving it as well. This year Hoppin Frog is coming back, although without Fred. That doesn’t change the fact that some great brews will be served from the highly ranked brewery (17th place on RateBeer’s ranking of the worlds 100 best breweries). Even though Fred is not coming to Copenhagen he is such a nice fellow that we couldn’t miss the opportunity for a quick interview.

MankerBeer (MB): Fred, tell us about yourself and Hoppin Frog, are you really the Hoppin Frog just like you told us last year at CBC?
Fred Karm (FK): Yes, I am Hoppin’ Frog. My name is Fred, so my nickname is Frog. About myself – I am in the quest for the perfect pint. Its an idealistic quest, that raises my expectations as new ones are found. So, the quest will go on forever…..

MB: Hoppin Frog was founded in 2006 and is not only rated 17th best brewery in the world by Rate Beer but has several award winning beers – what is your inspiration?
FK: I am inspired by the best brewers and breweries in the world. Half the time its from a traditional style, but the other half is designing new approaches to brewing to create non-stylistic beers.

MB: You, together with your wife were among the most popular and friendly brewers at CBC last year. Always with a smile and time to chat about just about anything, what are your favorite memories from last year?
FK: I think its obvious that we like to talk to people – and that is the best memory of the past CBC – the people, and how friendly THEY were. We couldn’t be more at home!

MB: And following that, what do you look forward to the most with CBC 2013?
FK: We were SO looking forward to the CBC this year. But, my Operations Manager will attend in our place!! Because, this year, we are building a nice tasting room connected to our brewery! It will be complete with 24 taps, a rare beer list, 60 seats, a small kitchen, and a stage with a killer sound system! So, we rally hope to do it next year – we will be there!!

MB: I saw that a new frog was released – Gangster Frog, any other new beers or plans for the future?
FK: New beers?!! – Hell Yeah!! That’s one of my favorite things – conceiving a new beer – its like having a child – my beers are my children, in a way. I conceive of them, raise them up right, teach them how to be right, and send them on their way in the world, to hopefully make a good name for themselves.

MB: Despite being a long fan of Hoppin Frog I must confess that Turbo Shandy did not work at all for me, do you have any of the beers that you yourself aren’t too satisfied with?
FK: Are you kidding me?! If I was not satisfied, or too satisfied with one of my beers, I would not make it. Simple. I’m not anybody’s lacky! I make what I want. That is what has made us successful. Like the Turbo Shandy Citrus Ale that I make. A lot of time and research has gone into that. It is designed around the desires and comments of my friends and family. When the heat of summer hits, I don’t drink quite as much beer. But I do drink some, for sure. That’s when I like the thirst-quenching qualities of a good IPA, with all their citrus characters. That’s when I realized that I would like the Shandy style of beer/lemonade. But none were good enough. I always dreamed of one that could satisfy my strong desire for a natural, strong citrus character, balanced with a good, bready, light-malt beer without any other bitterness. Like Hard Lemonade. That’s exactly what we designed. It is NOT popular with the beer raters. Not a problem at all! But Turbo Shandy is SO popular with the majority of my customers that my state of Ohio has doubled its order from last year, making that my biggest single order for one beer, ever! Most of my other distributors are very unhappy about this, but I don’t want to just make Turbo Shandy the rest of the summer!! We have many, many other beers to make!! Ones that beer raters and general beer lovers together will all like. That’s better, for most of the time!!

MB: Last year, during your trips in Europe you made several collaborations (with Amager and De Molen to mention two) can we expect more Frog collaborations in the future?
FK: Yes, more Frog collaborations will come…… It is a blast to brew with other brewers – I always learn something – never stop learning!!

MB: Later this year beer fans will be able to visit the Hoppin Frog Tasting Room and a Hoppin Frog Bar – when did you decide that it was time for this expansion and how is it going with the construction?
FK: I decided it was a great idea to start a tasting room when I visited Europe last year, starting at the CBC. It was refreshing to go into European pubs, and see how they are designed. I’ve been studying bars and breweries for a long time, and they are different in Europe. Often, I found that they promote meeting other customers, by not having distractions like TV’s. Much different than US bars. So, I want that! I want to bring that feel to my tasting room. I want my friends and family to experience that at my pad.

MB: We did the occult pairing with one of my favorite Hoppin Frog beers Goose Juice and fried frog legs (great combo!) – got any pairings to suggest?
FK: I love beer and food pairings. Goose Juice or other IPAs are good with sharp cheeses, like cheddar or some blue cheeses. I like those pairings. But I LOVE a BORIS Stout milkshake, made 50/50 with chocolate ice cream, put in a blender and blended together – the ultimate adult dessert.

MB: When will we see you for a beer maker’s dinner in Stockholm, Sweden?
FK: Dinner in Stockholm?!! Sounds like big fun!! We’ll have to work on that! My wife is Swedish, so we are in for that!! We will have to work on that.

MB: What should beer fans really not miss at Copenhagen Beer Celebration?
FK: What not to miss at the CBC? I am not sure. I don’t know all that’s going on. With our beers it is hard to tell I guess, because there’ll be some different Hoppin’ Frog kegs for each night.


Thank you Fred, we will miss you at CBC! Lets look to the beers he is bringing, the full list of beers at CBC can be found here and just like with Hoppin Frog’s beers changes may occur.

Hoppin Frog CBC Beer List:

  • BORIS the Crusher
  • B.A BORIS The Crusher
  • Hopped-Up Goose Juice Rye IPA
  • DORIS The Destroyer
  • B.A Frog’s Hollow
  • Cafe Silk Porter
  • Hop Heathen Imperial Black Ale
  • Hoppin to Heaven IPA
  • Karminator Imperial Doublebock

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Senaste från grodorna – Hoppin Frog Hopped-Up Goose Juice Rye IPA

Hoppin Frog Hopped-Up Goose Rye IPA är ett av bryggeriets nyare öl och släpptes i juni i år. Däremot har vi turen att redan nu, genom krog och privatimport via Brill & Co kunna gå tag på den här i Sverige. Bryggaren Goose har fått brygga ett av sina gamle hembryggarrecept. Ölet är en råg IPA med bland annat Nya Zeeländsk Motuekahumle tillsammans med riklig mängd amerikansk humle. IBU’n ligger kring hyffsat snälla 60 och alkoholhalten kring 7%. Efter att Fred Karm på Hoppin Frog märkte att mottagandet på Copenhagen Beer Celebration var så positivt och framförallt då från alla svenskar så snackades det lite om ett besök i Sverige under nästa år, ett besök som vi redan nu är nyfikna vad vad det kan bli. Tänk er en beer makers dinner med öl från Hoppin Frogs varierade och högkvalitativa portfölj?


Hoppin Frog Hopped-Up Goose Juice Rye IPA


Utseende: Mörkare något lätt disig orangegyllene vätska med krämigt skum med gräddig topp och minimala bubblor.
Doft: Doftar fint av tropik; saftig banan, andarin, färsk aprikos, passionsfrukt och persika med rätt mängd grape och kryddighet mot slutet för att det inte ska bli alltför obalanserat fruktigt. Det doftar som om det är fruktigheten som ska stå i centrum före de lite mer beska tonerna. Rågmalten är märkbar men växer ut till fullo först efter att ölets har luftats och värmts något – mjuk nygräddad råglimpa?
Smak: Medelstor munkänsla med bra kolsyra. Oj, det här fortsätter i den anda som Mean Manalishi, Hoppin to Heaven och bryggeriets andra IPA’s – riktigt, riktigt jäkla bra. Karamellsötman ger mer sötma till smakerna av banan, ananas, mango, ja vilken tropisk frukt kan inte tydligt urskiljas? Precis som i doften tonas grape- och citrustonerna ned till förmån för en fruktjuicesmak med smäll efterbeska och grapesmak. Rågmalten ger inte lika tydlig roughness och krydda som den oftast brukar ge. Efter ett tag kommer det mer bitterhet, tänk aprikos- och passionsfruktskärnor, kanske även lite kokos kan anas? Nu efter en 5-6 minuters luftning och när ölet är lite varmare är både beskan och rågkaraktären tydligare och fruktjuice’en börjar få kämpa mer. Ölet börjar också få en ostigare smak i samband med det här, minst sagt en varierad öl.

Betyg? – Bättre/+. Ett kanske snällt betyg på en IPA utan den tydligaste beskan, vilken känn som att den är nedtonad till förmån för en kärnliknande bitterhet från alla tropiska frukter. Den här till en crème brûlée kan nog vara riktigt fin där beskan och grädden kramas medan deras gemensamma fruktblandning får fritt spelrum.

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Manker Beer News: Hoppin Frog och De Molen brygger öl tillsammans

En rolig nyhet som damp ned under Copenhagen Beer Celebration (det kommer flera) var att Hoppin Frog och deras mer än karismatiske bryggmästare Fred Karm kommer att brygga en öl tillsammans med den lika trevliga Menno Olivier från De Molen.Bryggningen kommer att ske nu i helgen i samband med Dutch Open Brewdays då flera av landets alla bryggerier har öppet hus och annordnar trevliga events. Vi spenderade väldigt mycket tid med Fred (hans blendade  Black & Tan, inte ölet utan blenden, med lika delar Mean Manalishi IPA och B.O.R.I.S Imperial Stout var något vi drack glasvis av) och även med Menno men ingen av dem var ännu riktigt säker på exakt hur det kommer att bli. Oavsett vad det blir så tycker vi att det är spännande och kul att fler amerikanska bryggerier kommer över och gör saker i Europa. Ett tecken på att fler och fler band börjar knytas och det internationella bryggarcommunityt växer sig starkare.

Detta var också något många brygare påpekade under CBC och det är inget konstigt med att småbryggerier såsom Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouser (the Farmers Cabinet) och Westbrook Brewing kommer att bli mer vanligt i Norden än vad det är i USA. Dessa två bryggerier är också festivalens två största överraskningar, men mer om det senare.



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