Sunday Beer: 1 Ton of Christmas

Unseasonal I suppose and geographically confused. Is it Danish? Belgian? The tiny label isn’t clear.


5 thoughts on “Sunday Beer: 1 Ton of Christmas

  1. A weissbeer with cherries is nothing like what I associate with Christmas beer. But anyway, it’s always seasonal to drink Christmas beer. And if you feel it’s too out of season, just consider it part of the fight against food waste.

    And as Lise says, the beer is brewed by a Danish company who have borrowed facilities in Belgium. Seems a bit odd, but I think I’ve seen similar constellations before. I think it’s usually about very small craft brewers making the occasional larger batch.

    The Danish brewery name “To øl” means “two beers”, by the way.

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    1. “Servitør, to øl, vær så snill.” Oh, wait, that was supposed to be Danish, so: “Tjener, to øl, tak.”

      (See, sitting through three seasons of Borgen plus three of Forbrydelsen eventually leaves its mark.)

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  2. The label says it’s a Berliner Weisse, which is typically a somewhat sour wheat beer with low alcohol traditionally made in Berlin. It’s not made with fruit like this one is, but in its native habitat Berliner Weisse is supposed to be served with either raspberry or woodruff syrup. So this is basically unique–which makes sense if they did brew it in Belgium.

    I’ve had a homebrewed version of the Berliner Weisse that was fantastic (although I like sour beers and I didn’t care for the syrup) but when I was in Berlin maybe ten years ago I couldn’t find a decent example. The one I did find was a bottle I bought in the Ostbahnhof that came with the woodruff syrup pre-mixed. It was literally the only truly bad German beer I’ve ever had.

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  3. I’ve seen quite a few of these Danish breweries working with Belgian facilities, and the results are usually at least interesting if not superb. If you think about it, the international partnership’s a natural: The Danes really love their beer, even if commodity Danish beer’s predictably uninspired. (I’m aware of the irony of my saying that, being American ‘n’ all. But we at least have the now-hallowed craft beer movement, just as the Brits have their almost equally venerable Campaign for Real Ale.) And the Belgians,… well, enough said, and I’m picturing the Danes and the Belgians daring each other to try something truly weird.

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