The Swedish Championship in homebrewed beer is held in Stockholm every other year, and in various towns in Sweden the following year. This time it was my previous hometown Norrköping that got the chance to host the competition. I had prepared two different lagers, both from my book, to compete with in the people’s choice competition, ”Pils”, german pilsner, and ”Hops”, a hoppy lager just like Brooklyn Lager but with Citra/Simcoe. Both beers were brewed with the low oxygen method ”LoDO” or ”LOB” and they were kept under 9°C from yeast pitch and thruout (lagered at 0°C). Since I don’t want to bring my kegerator with me, or I would like to but it’s too much work, I have built a portable wooden tap holder inspired by my friend Mathias Brorson. The kegs are kept cool with camping mat insulation and a few icepacks in between. A simple but functional solution that feels a lot better than using picnic taps which is more suitable for smaller events, the nationals is the nationals after all. Me and Jonas took my car the quick 1 hours drive down to Norrköping and I was setup just in time to grab a lunch sausage before the doors opened and the event started. From start to finish five hours later, I had pretty much a constant line of people that wanted to try my beers! I can’t say if it was my awesome outfit (lederhosen and knee sock) or my beers that drove the constant attention, but the amount of people in my stand made me not being able to walk around more that a few minutes to try other brewers beers. Whatever I did right this time really paid of in the end. My Pils got the gold medal for best lager with 215 points and my hoppy lager got the silver in the same category with 133 points! I had also brought a few bottles of weißbier that was poured outside the competition for the fans and fanatics of hefeweizen. Two of the absolute best beer judges in Sweden, Jan-Erik ”Janko” and Magnus Bark, gave me very good verdict for all three beers which made me extremely happy. I take all of this as proof that all my hard work with my brewing method and recipes has finally paid of, something I have noticed in the quality of my beers for some time but not gotten proved this clearly before.
I want to shout out a big THANK YOU to all the people who liked my beers and voted for me, and finally I want to give the organisers NHBF and SHBF a round of applause for a well organised event in Norrköping! I remember all the work that goes into making an event like this run smoothly from being part of the championship in Linköping 2014, it takes a lot more work than one could imagine, well done! Next up is the Summer beer meet up (Sommarölsträffen) in august, see you there!
NHBF har fått en av mina bilder att använda i marknadsföringssyfte. //The event had one of my photos as the background for the billboard.
SHBF har också en av mina bilder till rollup:er och liknande. //The national homebrew organization SHBF also have one of my photos for marketing purposes.
Niclas, en av arrangörerna. //Niclas, one of the organizers.
Här står jag redo i mina lederhosen. Utklädd eller inte var det någon som undrade, ni får fortsätta undra! //Here I am ready for the event in my lederhosen. Costume or not?
Mitt lilla bås. //My little stand.
Janko provsmakar min pils. //Janko tastes my pils.
Magnus Barks provsmakar mina öl. //Magnus Bark tastes my beers.
Min gamle vän Emanuel kom förbi såklart. //My old friend Emanuel came by of course.
Henrik Lindqvist som har mer medaljer än jag kan räkna. Grymt duktig bryggare! //Henrik Lindqvist who has more medals than I can count. Awesome brewer!
Svante Ekelin från Humlegårdens Ekolager provsmakar min pils. //Svante Ekelin from swedens largest homebrew supplies shop ”Humlegården” tries my pils.