The taste of 2200 – finding Nørrebro’s signature beer
Are you a beer fan? I wouldn’t say that I am – I will probably choose a glass of wine or a cocktail over beer 360 days of the year, but there are some days where a cold beer just really hits the spot. Also, I’m German and live in Denmark, so not drinking beer is kinda not an option!
So when I got the chance to attend an event at Nørrebro Bryghus for a tasting to find the signature beer for Nørrebro, of course I had to go! Nørrebro Bryghus is the local brewery in the neighborhood, known for their great craft beers and good food (which we also got to taste, yay!). Recently, they have started a project to develop a new signature beer for Nørrebro.
They asked three local personalities to come up with their interpretation of what Nørrebro tastes like. Funnily enough, there was no kebab or shawarma taste in any of them – this seems to be the first association that comes to most people’s minds!
There were three beers:
- “Guldregn” (golden chain, the name of a plant), created by jewelry designer Trine Tuxen, a wheat beer with coffee extracts
- “Grønt Front” (green front) , created by Mads Lauritsen, the founder of urban gardening initiative TagTomat, a strong brown ale with added rum
- “Humlesvin” (hop pig), created by Umut Ra Sakarya, the owner of restaurant Grisen, a fresh and light American Pale Ale that smells like a bowl of candy
We got to try all three of the beers, first on their own, and then paired with the signature Nørrebro menu that was specifically developed to go with the beers. I always love pairing wine with food, so beer was a very exciting change of pace for me. If you’re into that sort of thing, Nørrebro Bryghus also has a regular tasting menu with an accompanying beer menu!
On the menu were bite-sized samples of what is normally served, but they still packed a good amount of flavor and displayed great creativity, just like the beers. There was a “pig roll”, a small tortilla-like wrap filled with pulled pork, some crispy pig’s ear, red onions, and some other things (that I forgot, oops!). It was absolutely delicious – I pretty much love everything that I can eat with my hands! We paired it with the “Humlesvin” American Pale Ale – I mean, that already has “pig” in its name, so if that’s not a match made in heaven, I don’t know what is.
Next up, we got a shawarma-style lamb shoulder with a lovely nutty type of dip, topped with cucumber. That one was paired with the “Guldregn” wheat beer, and I felt that the flavors went together really well.
Finally, dessert was an absolutely delicious, deep-fried, sugared mini donut with apple ice cream – absolute perfection! We paired it with the dark brown ale, which was an interesting combination, though I’m not 100% convinced by the concept of beer with dessert! But that donut… pure love.
Now, if you’re interested in trying these beers, you should head on over to the Bryghus – you can even buy a convenient set of the three. Then you pick your favorite and head on over to Nørrebro Bryghus’ Facebook page to vote – the winning beer will be announced on the 15th of October – and of course there’ll be a big announcement party, too!
What do you think? Which one of these sounds best to you? And what does Nørrebro taste like for you? Let me know in the comments below!