June 8th

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce the Ölvisholt Skjálfti. For those of you who don’t speak Icelandic, skjálfti means “earthquake.” The beer got its name because a massive earthquake hit the brewery in 2000 and is here to show Ontarians that Iceland is more than just ash-puffing volcanoes. (Is that still topical?) The term “premium lager” doesn’t do this beer justice, as it is far superior to most lagers that are readily available. A nice clear copper colour and a little wisp of head. Caramel, toasted malts and a faint citrus on the nose. Flavours of biscuit, caramel, more citrus and a definite hopping in the end. With a crisp body, the beer flirts between being a lager and pale ale. Nice and fresh, especially since it is an import. This is something that all beer drinkers will probably enjoy during long, hot days and will pair well with a lot of food. Definitely not just for beer geeks.

I was rushing out to a concert, but still had enough time for my last Wisconsin brew, a bottle of New Glarus Stone Soup. I was expecting more from this Belgian ale, but it disappointed with a heavy sweetness (banana, honey and floral tones) and not much yeast or hops to create balance. Combined with a body that was a little thin, this does not come close to matching a well-crafted Belgian beer.

New Glarus Stone Soup on Ratebeer

Ölvisholt Skjálfti on Ratebeer

Today: 600mL. Year-to-date: 116.88L.

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