Characteristics-Winter Ale

  • Dark in Color
  • 6% Alcohol Volume
  • 25 ibu, moderate bitterness
  • Lightly spiced with orange peel, vanilla bean, ginger & cinnamon
  • Serving: 6-8° C,  served in a snifter glass

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Story

The story of this beer goes back many years ago to when I was a homebrewer in San Francisco. In my garage I took a old refrigerator and drilled two holes and mounted two taps on the side. When I brewed beer in my back yard I would fill cornelius kegs and serve my beers on tap. Often I had big parties and every year at Christmas I would make one called ‘Hoppy Holidaze’, a lightly spiced ale with orange peel, vanilla bean, ginger & cinnamon. This beer was always quite popular and in 2014 I put a version of that beer on Systembolaget for a December 1st release. I put the price very low, just 17:70-kr for a 6% beer, as a way of saying thank you to my customers. Also I put a personal note on the side, a cartoon of me saying Merry Christmas. The Winter Ale usually sells out in a few weeks.

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Characteristics-Funkyland ‘A very Sour Christmas in Sweden’

  • Red in Color
  • 6% Alcohol Volume
  • No hops
  • A Norwegian Kveik, a sort of farmhouse ale, fermented along with our house blend of Brettanomyces, then barrel aged six months, and finishing fermentation on lingonberries, sour cherries & blackberries.
  • Limited Release of 2000 bottles, each bottle is numbered.
  • Serving: 6-8° C,  served in a snifter glass.

Story

For a couple years I have been thinking of releasing a sour Christmas beer. I wasn’t sure if it would be a positive reaction or if I could sell two thousand bottles in such a short period. We put the price very low, 39:90-kr for a 50 cl bottle. Created a very special sour beer with a Norwegian Kveik yeast and on the label in child like writing called it ‘A Very Sour Christmas in (Norway is crossed out) Sweden. Sort of a dumb joke about a Norwegian yeast brewed in Sweden with lingonberries. And we called it a limited release, with each bottle numbered on the side. The response has been much more that we expected, after two weeks we are nearly sold out.

 

Finding it

Mostly sold in Systembolaget