So it’s been a while I guess 🙂
Finally got round to breaking the blogging log-jam, with this one.
For beer lovers in Finland there is only one event to go to – the Small Breweries, Big Beers event!
This year I visited on the Friday and it was a very pleasant afternoon, standing in the sun enjoying a number of fine ales and porters, whilst catching up on my podcast listening.
The food selection had improved over previous years, with more stands, each with more selections (including one selling salmon with a number of different flavours).
I bumped into an old friend at the event and spent an interesting time catching up on the events of common friends.
As it was getting late I ended with the “suicide porter” (or it’s name was something like that) that was 12%, but surprisingly good. Often at those sort of strengths, the flavour gets completely drowned out and the beer becomes really sweet and not very nice.
For some reason best known to themselves, this year the Syystober event was moved to be at the same time as the Night of the Arts and a food festival.
Not a great idea in my mind. Too many people, and the food thing did not seem to know what it was; local producers selling to the public or an industry meetup and smooze-fest. Some of the stands being more brochure-ware and displays, whilst others were selling their goods (the picture is from one of the food stands that was selling real food).
This combination (along with poor stall placement and layout), makes for a not enjoyable time. At least there were plenty of sampler trays out 😉
Syystober is not as good as it is held in partnership with Koff, and they rent/sell one litre steins as well as the regular pint glasses. However, they are not selling the smaller 0.2 litre sampling size!
But still worth attending, if you have nothing better on!
So yesterday the first un-sauna took place here in Helsinki.
Sami from HUB Helsinki had decided to take the un-conference idea and add a Finnish twist to it.
The idea being to do short discussions between the “rounds” of sauna.
Even though only 3 of us turned up, as one of the ideas behind un-events is that “the people who turn up are the correct people” it was still a fun event.
During the discussions some interesting ideas were generated (mostly for a potential HUB Helsinki un-conference that is in the planning stages currently).
There was some idea to do this again i August. As this covers E of my favorite activities (suauna, interesting conversations and some beer) I plan to be there.
First up, a pleasant surprise I found in the local supermarket. Brewed by locally to Helsinki, this is a rather strong flavour (not sure I would want more than one), but very pleasant.
Next up an import from the UK. This one I got from Alko (as it is 7.1%), you can actually taste and smell the rum influence on the beer. Again, I would probably would not drink too many of these in an evening (though this time more due to the alcoholic strength rather than the flavour).
So while in Göteborg for FSCONS, I found a rather nice little pub, The Flying Barrel. It seems that English stlye pubs are rather popular in Sweden as that is what they associate with good beer and good times.
I started with a couple of export only beers from the Ridgeway Brewary.
A nice stout, that tasted very nice. Was a rather strong beer.
On the recommendation of the barman, I took an IPA from the local brewary and it was very refreshing.
I then took their porter, again, very pleasant.
Tags: beer, pub, sweden
This was a joint idea between Suuret Oluet-Pienet Panimot and Karhu
Reasonable selection of beers from the small brewaries, and Sinebrychoff only had Karhu beer available (designed for their more discerning customer?). They were all strong beers (over 5% abv).
You could also get a one litre glass for a 5€ deposit.
The food was provided by Eat&Joy Maatilatori, it certainly looked good (not just standard Makkara!)
Seemed to be something like a 65-35 split men to women (is this higher than at other beer events?), seemed similar to similar to the small breweries event.
There was also a luxury toilet truck for your convenience.
Syystober toilet truck
The music got a little loud after 20:00, but that seems the norm nowadays (turn it up, cos the kids want it loud?)
Tags: beer, events