Dessa nio Alvinnebrygder väntar…

Vi är några stycken i Sverige som väntar på nio unika öl från Alvinne i år. Nu har dessa brygder blivit med etikett och namn samt fått en liten anekdot. Med tanke på gruppens namn är det inte förvånande att hela tematiken är hämtad från Tolkien.

Detta femtonåriga bryggeri verkar vara ett gäng som har en stark koppling till fantasy och det inte är första gången det refereras till denna genre. Jag tycker att det är både kul och genomtänkt samt att jag gläds lite extra åt att vara en av de få som får ta del av dessa rariteter.

Inspired by the first chapter och ”The Fellowship of the Ring”, Bilbo Baggins celebrated his 111th birthday by giving the One Ring to Frodo. We celebrated the 1000th batch. On May 28th (2018) we added 20 kg of lingonberrries an 20 kg of blueberries to a Chateau Carbonnieux (Pessac-Leognon/Bordeaux) red wine barrel. #1000 aged for 9 months in this first time used Hungarian oak barrel. (473 bottles)

The second chapter of ”The Fellowship of the Ring” is called ‘The Shadows of the Past’. Gandalf explains the true nature of the Ring, how it must be destroyed for the good of all the Free Peoples of the World. No need to destroy this beer. We foraged silverberries, seabuckthorn and grew forched rhubarb and added them in May (2018) to a Chateau Mouline (Bordeaux/Medoc) red wine barrel. This beer aged for 20 months in this third time used French oak barrel. (679 bottles)

The third chapter of ”The Fellowship of the Ring” seemed like a perfect name for this third fellowship beer. ‘Three is Company’, especially when mulberries, gooseberries and Muscat blue grapes meet in an excellent barrel of Chain Reaction. In July (2018) we added the fruits foraged from our own gardens to a Chateau Daisy Vedrines (Sauternes) sweet white wine barrel. Chain Reaction was Aged for 18 months in this second time used French osk barrel. (Yet to be bottled)

Laurelin was one of the Two Trees of Valinor. It was said to be some kind of cherry tree, het last fruit was made into the sun. In July (2018) we added 25 kg of Schaarbeekse Kriek to a Domaine Noelat Michel (Bourgogne/Vosne-Romanée) red wine barrel. This Cuvée Sofie Aged for 28 months in this first time used Hungarian oak barrel. (443 bottles)

Laurelin was one of the Two Trees of Valinor. It was said to be some kind of cherry tree, het last fruit was made into the sun. In July (2018) we added 25 kg of Schaarbeekse Kriek to a Domaine Harmand Geoffroy (Bourgogne/Gevrey-Chambertin) red wine barrel. This Cuvée Sofie Aged for 16 months in this third time used French oak barrel. (510 bottles)

Athelas was a healing herb that grew throughout Middle-Earth. Shiso is a mint-like Japanese herb used in Chinese medicine. The Shiso was brought to us by a friend and added to a Chateau Carbonnieux (Pessac-Leognon/Bordeaux) red wine barrel with the help of our Japanese importer. This Wild West aged for 9 months in this first time used Hungarian oak barrel. (437 bottles)

Mentioned in ”The Lord of the Rings”, a honey cake is a twice-baked cake made by the Beornings, who were also the beekepers. The cake are sustaining and keep fresh for a long time. So will this beer made with honey and figs that we smoked at the brewery. We macerated the figs in a Brandybarrel with Sour’ire the Mortagne, which previously aged on a foeder. (Yet to be bottled)

1 Yule was the last day in the Shire Calender, marking the end of the year. On a modern calender it would correspond to 21 December. 1 Yule was always a Highday (Friday). So we brewed the last beer of the Fellowship on Friday December 21:st. It was an experimental brew mashing into an oak barrel using a Christmas tree during lautering, making a bonfire to heat up stones to bring the wort to boil, cooled during the longest night and innoculated with Lithuanian Simonaitis yeast, Fermented in an oak barrel.

(Yet to be bottled)

Nine rings for Mortal Men to Die, nine beers for Mortal Man to enjoy. This last one is a dangerous one, be careful. Cuvée d’Erpigny was aged for 20 months on a Cuvée Moline (Bordeaux/Medoc) red wine barrel then icebocked (225 l resulted in about 80 l icebock). This was blended with a blend of Cuvée d’Erpigny aged for 10 months in an American oak first time used Chateau des Combes (Bordeaux/St-Emillon) red wine barrel.

(710 bottles)

Som jag tidigare sagt väntas de första av dessa niopack gå ut i mitten på februari och jag har fortfarande förhoppningar om att Alvinne ska komma förbi jobbet med en leverans. För er som ännu inte tecknat en låda finns det tydligen fortfarande chansen här.

Tack för uppmärksamheten/

Jens Skrubbe

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