Finland without beer is like… like Finland without sauna. Unimaginable! At this point it’s kind of hard to imagine that twelve years ago or so I didn’t like either of them. It took me couple of years to get used to both. And then it took me couple of years more to start actually enjoying beer and Finnish sauna.
So, as you can see I’m not really a professional beer drinker. But even though I’m still learning, I’ve already developed a taste and now I know which types of beer I like or dislike and why. I also have noticed that for the past few years beer became quite popular drink. Beer industry is growing, new breweries are popping up here and there. Upcomers are developing recipes and thanks to them variety of beers in Finland is getting wider… Stout, Saison, IPA, DIPA with apricot, mango and many other interesting ingredients. And you all know what that means – “beers to try” list is getting longer.
Craft beer Helsinki – is one of the many beer events in Finland where small breweries are introducing their products to the people.
This year there were Radbrew, Olarin panimo, BrewDog, Mufloni, Fat Lizard, Malmgårdin panimo, Sori Brewing, Hiisi / Donut Island and many more.
I like BrewDog because of two reasons. First, their beer is tasty, delicious and has a character. Second reason – it’s from Scotland. And I do love that country! I’ve tried BrewDog for the first time in Edinburgh last year. It was love at the first sip.
But my absolute favorite at this event though was Fat Lizard. It’s more than a brewery… it’s a family! People who are passionate and devoted to their dream! I guess that’s what makes Fat Lizard beer so special. I could definitely say that their beer is brewed with love and care.
51 roadkill IPA is one of the best Indian pale ales what I have tried. Although funny thing about IPA – I’m still not sure whether I like it or not. I think I tasted my very first Indian pale ale about two years ago and to be honest I was so confused by this ale, that I couldn’t say whether I liked it or not. So, I continue drinking. Two years later I still haven’t figured out do I like it or not. That is why in most of the beer events I drink mainly IPAs, – hoping to understand one day my relationship with this ale.
And of course, there were some food trucks that offered different kind of street food. Having a food break between beer course menu is important.
As for me… this year I have tasted something entirely different and completely new to me. Something what I would not consider trying… not in this life at least.
So, I must thank Topi Kairenius – Fat Lizard cricket farmer and chef – for this experience. I still cannot believe that I’m writing these words… but… bug nuts were really delicious!
Hope you enjoyed it!