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Learn more about beer.

On this page you will find tips on how to maximize the experience of your beer. We give you inspirational beer trends, how to serve beer, a beer glass guide and much more.

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Non-alcoholic beer.

It’s both healthy and trendy to drink non-alcoholic beer. Nearly one in ten beers sold in the Swedish trade today are non-alcoholic. The trend is growing and spreading rapidly all over the world. Factors to the trend might be that we have a bigger interest in health and awareness of how alcohol affects the body. One reason could also be that we more frequently visit restaurants on weekdays compared to before, and then want to enjoy a beer without alcohol.

Sour Beer.

Sour Beer gets its sour taste by having the beer spontaneously fermented or by adding lactic acid bacteria. Most often, sour beer is created by the breweries experimenting with aromas and flavours from different berries and fruits. The trend started a few years ago but gets bigger every day.

Beer drinks.

Making a drink of beer isn’t a new trend, but the trend is growing. There are lots of combinations to test both with and without alcohol.

Climate-smart bottles.

The world’s first beer bottle in paper was presented in 2019 by Carlsberg. We believe that sustainable bottles are a trend that will grow big, and that producers will have the climate in mind when designing future beer bottles. According to Systembolaget is it climate smart to choose return glass bottles, PET and cans – while the glass bottle is the least climate smart to choose. To make a climate-smart choice at Systembolaget there’s blue labels as hallmarks of the sustainable bottles.

Microbrewery.

New microbreweries are founded every year. A microbrewery is a small brewery that uses artisanal methods based on the classic brewery tradition in beer making. To be classified as a microbrewery, it’s not allowed to manufacture batches larger than 200 liters. The beer is usually brewed by beer lovers and therefor is artisanal/craftbeer made with love and good ingredients. Many microbreweries experiment and manufacture beers with exciting new flavours.

How to pour beer

How you choose to pour your beer affects both scent and taste. Here are three ways to pour your beer:

1. TILT THE GLASS - Tilt the glass and pour the beer down the edge of the glass. In this way, you retain all carbonic acid and get less foam, but the taste and aroma aren’t released.

2. PLACE THE GLASS FLAT - Place the glass flat on the table and pour the beer in the middle of the glass from about 5-10 centimetres of height. In this way, you get a lot of foam, while the taste and scent are released. It also disappears more carbonic acid, which makes it perceived softer.

3. LEAN FIRST, THEN HOLD FLAT - a combination of 1 and 2. Tilt the glass and gently pour along the edge, then pour the beer flat/straight into the middle of the glass. In this way, taste and scent are released, while foam and carbonic acid remain.

Source: systembolaget.se

Serving beer

There is a lot to think of when serving beer. Everything from the temperature to serve the beer in, to how it should be stored for the best results. We hope this will help you along the way.

Most people drink beer well chilled, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best option. Much of the taste and scent can be lost when the beer is cooled, while a slightly higher temperature opens up for both aroma and fullness.

 Light beer

 8 - 10°C

 Dark beer

 10 - 12°C

 Light lager

 8 - 10°C

 Medium dark lager

 10 - 12°C

 Porter & Stout and Imperial

 Dry 10 - 12°C, Sweet 14 - 16°C

 Ale Belgian style

 Light 8 - 10°C, Dark 10 - 12°C

 Ale British-American style

 Light and medium dark 8 - 10°C, dark 10 - 12°C

 Ale in German style

 8 - 10°C

 Wheat beer

 6 - 8°C

 Sour Beer

 6 - 8°C

 Other beers

 Light 8 - 10°C, Dark 10 - 12°C

Storage of beer

You can’t store all kinds of beer, which makes it important to choose the right beer. A darker beer with higher alcohol strength, preferably above 7%, is recommended when storing beer. You can store the beer for 5-10 years if you choose one that is over 7

Here are some guidelines in the search for the perfect beer.

The environment you store the beer in has a big impact on the taste. Avoid rapid temperature changes and choose a dry and dark environment. If the climate is too humid, there’s a risk that the caps will rust. If, on the other hand, the bottle has a natural cork, humidity is needed to prevent the cork from drying. The most important thing is that the temperature doesn’t change quickly or is exposed to light.

The optimal temperature when storing is around 10-15 degrees. In warmer temperatures, the storage process speeds up, which makes it easier for the beer to get bad, while colder temperature makes the storage process slow down and the storage time increase. For certain types of beer, such as light lager, lower temperatures are recommended.

Should the bottle be stored standing or lying down?

There are different opinions whether the bottle should be stored standing or lying down. Some claim that the bottle only should be stored standing, while others says that bottles with cork should be stored lying down to prevent the cork from drying out and let in oxygen.

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