Day 18 – Denmark’s Sinner Series

I’m always fascinated by creative people and their work, and especially their ability to fuse ideas across art, science and even religion, to work together to enhance the final product.

Since Denmark is playing in the World Cup today, I did some research into Danish beer, and found something that really piqued my interest. I hope it does yours too.

Copenhagen, Denmark is home to the world’s fourth largest beer company – Carlsberg. The company employs around 41,000 people, primarily located in Europe and Asia and makes many well-known beer and ciders. Like many other Northern European countries, Denmark has had a long brewing history of over 5,000 years. Up until the Middle Ages, women brewed beer at home and this tradition continued to even today in the country side, where farmers’ wives competed to brew the best beer to attract the best farm workers.

In the last 20 years, a range of micro-breweries began production in Denmark. As is in sports, the best team gets 90% of the attention and accolades, so is local micro-brewery Amager Bryghus which won the best brewery award in Denmark and was selected to be one of the best breweries in the world by Ratebeer.com.

So, after this long pre-amble, what is so creative about Amager Bryghus that really piqued my interest? Well, it’s nothing but the “The Sinner Series” pictured below (isn’t this an appropriate post because today’s Sunday too?).

Four of the seven beers in the series have a rating above 90 on Ratebeer.com and below is a description and quote from the brewer itself about each of those four beers:

Gluttony – Imperial IPA – 9.4% ABV, 310 IBU: "While making this beer we targeted the hops which shone brightest in our hop room, as if they were almost begging to be used in copious quantities. And that is what we did, as befits a Double IPA of the highest caliber."

Pride – Imperial Stout – 10.0% ABV, 110 IBU: "What is special about this take on the style is that we boiled the h… out of it. Actually, we boiled it for 6 hours, making for a richer and fuller version."

Sloth – American Pale Ale – 6.0% ABV, 72 IBU – "Sometimes brewing is hard work. Sometimes it’s a work of art. And then sometimes it’s a walk in the park. Take a stroll, sit and relax on a park bench in the sun and be lazy with us. We promise you won’t regret it."

Envy – West Coast IPA – 6.5% ABV, 80 IBU: "Brewed from: Pilsner and Munich malts. Hopped with Amarillo, Simcoe and Centennial and fermented with an American ale yeast."

So there you go. Interesting idea and an interest craft beer series. Good luck Denmark in today’s game. Happy Sunday and have a great Canada Day!

Ted