The Best Craft Beer in Scandinavia (part 2)

To Øl (Copenhagen)

To Øl learned well as disciples of Mikkeller, becoming a tireless experimenter known for attention to aesthetic details. Despite having opened brick-and-mortar establishments with its mentor – among others, Mikkeller & Friends bars in Copenhagen and Reykjavík – To Øl has remained prolific as a brewer. To notice is its recently-released Taanilinn, an uncannily balanced 14% alcohol-by-volume imperial oatmeal stout. (An extra 1 percent ABV was gained from time spent in a former cognac barrel with Vana Talinn, a rum-based liquor infused with cinnamon and vanilla.)

Nørrebro Bryghus (Copenhagen)

Nørrebro exists for those whose desire for good beer and good food is split evenly; it’s a destination at which both get equally reverent consideration. The impeccably designed brewpub has made a name for itself in Copenhagen, counting American Shaun Hill, of Vermont’s highly-regarded Hill Farmstead Brewery, a former head brewer. The finely tuned approach of  Nørrebro is apparent in its Little Korkny barley wine, which í a rich, full-bodied sipper teeming with caramel and fruit flavor.

Omnipollo (Stockholm, Sweden)

Though I have previously waxed poetic on Omnipollo’s high quality, no list of exciting Scandinavian producers would be complete without its mention. Existing in the unlikely space between the worlds of craft beer and contemporary fashion, the duo behind Omnipollo has a knack for consistently releasing bottles that equally please both eye and palate. Last year, it introduced a version of its Agamemnon stout (brewed with Vermont maple syrup) aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels; this was roasty, sweet, and without flaw.

Tempel Brygghus (Uppsala, Sweden)

Since Tempel’s first batch of beer was brewed in late summer 2014, the pint-sized brewery has made an impressive splash in Sweden’s increasingly competitive craft scene. At the moment, it focuses only on specialty sour beers (subject to eventual change). Its kettle-soured Ordained, which was brewed for a local heavy metal band, was “dry-hopped” with Chinese gunpowder tea, creating a delightfully quenching lemon-forward treat with delicious matcha notes.

The Best Craft Beer in Scandinavia (part 1)

It is clear that craft brew tourism is on the increase in Scandinavia, including Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, where the breweries also top your quaffing list. Here is the best craft beer in Scandinavia.

Brekeriet Beer (Malmö, Sweden)

Brekeriet has carved a distinct segment in Sweden with unique takes on (mostly) sour beer recipes. Committed to fermenting solely with wild yeast and/or bacteria generally, the crew has re-fermented certain beverages by adding fruit, and therefore the results are noteworthy. Special-release Cassis may be a prime example: When the berries are added during secondary fermentation, the Brettanomyces yeast wont to brew the beer positively feast on the fruit’s particular sugars, leading to a drink that’s simultaneously dry and jammy.

Lervig Aktiebryggeri (Stavanger, Norway)

To some, Lervig is understood as Danish gypsy brewer Mikkeller’s new facility of choice for the assembly of the many classic stout recipes. Mikkeller formerly utilized fellow Norwegians Nøgne Ø in order to brew such ales, for example, his Beer Geek Breakfast and Brunch oatmeal stouts. Make no mistake though, Lervig is extremely much an autonomously excellent brewery. There could also be no better proof than its Brewer’s Reserve Barleywine, aged in Maker’s Mark bourbon barrels. Sugar within the Raw and tobacco notes merge during this quintessential example of the design.

Närke Kulturbryggeri (Örebro, Sweden)

Several years ago, Närke’s obscure limited-release imperial stout Kaggen! Stormaktsporter. Unexpectedly, it shot to the No.1 spot on the Top 50 beers within the world of RateBeer.com. (It usurped a throne usually occupied by better-known classics like the Trappist monk-made Westvleteren 12 Belgian quadrupel.) Whereas many breweries would have seized this cash-in moment and sold to a bigger beverage company, Närke maintained its size and put production of the superlative beer on hiatus. Brewed with the honey and exhibiting rounding wood qualities from its oak maturation, Kaggen! is a decadently oily delight which anyone hopes will return soon. Within the meantime, you’ll enjoy other, smaller gems like Närke’s unfiltered Örebro Bitter.