I squeezed in a business trip to Stockholm last week its a city which I enjoy going to immensely, you'd think the Vodka scene over there must be massive but you'll be surprised these guys are big craft beer fans. Unlike us here in the UK you can only buy alcohol from government run stores called Sysytembologet, setup to curve binge drinking etc but I feel that is leads to other kind of abuse. I'm hearing stories that there is so much illegal booze being smuggled across its borders and the black market is growing fast. I suppose if the Swedish government relaxed up a little they would be the one to benefit from duties etc but hey I’m no politician.
It was great to see so many UK beers in their stores and most of the usual suspects were all there, the only beer that was sold out in the store I visited was a beer by Scottish brewery Black Isle its not one I’ve tasted so I’m definably adding that to my list. There was loads of Swedish too and so was my favourite Swedish brewery Nils Oscar, I’m a big fan of the Hop Yard which I picked up a few bottles and will add a post about soon.
The 2nd best place in Stockholm to drink and buy a decent beer is Oliver Twist pub, its located 5 mins from Slussen tube station and the staff are very knowledgeable. A fantastic selection of US beers I’ve every seen as well as some very special local beers plus my mate Jörgen runs the gaff, which is a bonus.
Soon as I walked in I was told to suck on this can of Modus Hoperandi by Ska Brewing Co, this US brewery is based in a small town called Durango about 6hr drive from Denver. These guys are serious hopheads and have been brewing some superb beers, I think there must be at least 20+. These guys love Ska music and you can see its rubbed off on the branding and you know what the web site is just something else and I think its the best brewery website I’ve ever seen its so cool.
Pours a dark orangey copper colour with a large off white head, aroma is fruity citrus even grapefruit and loadsa hops up front with some lightly toasted biscuit. Flavour starts off sweet and malty at first with a good dose of citrus hops and grapefruit, then lots of caramel and light bitterness that leads to a long bitter finish. This is not just a good beer is a terrific beer.
Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co, (6.8%) 9/10
You can catch Ska Brewing on Twitter @skabrewing and more information on these guys available via the fantastic website