I don’t have much time, but I thought I’d mention Helsinki and Stockholm briefly. We hit these cities right after Iceland, spending two days in each. We had a good time, but the most notable experience by far was the beer.
We happened to be in Helsinki during the annual “Great Beers. Small Breweries” festival. We tried a number of Finnish, Swedish and Estonian beers at our Finish friends recommendations. Notable among our sampling was the “sahti,” an ancient style of beer dating back to the year 500. It’s fermented from wild yeast and tends to be sweeter with tasting notes of cloves and banana.
Here is a list of the beers (and the breweries) we tried at the festival:
- Severin Extra IPA – Panimoravintola Plevna
- Arde’s Legbuster (Barley Wine) – Saimaan Juomatehdas
- Lammin Sahti – Lammin Sahti
- Pihtla olut (Sahti) – Taako Viron Saarenmaalta
- Mufloni CCCCC IPA – Panimoravintola Beer Hunters
- Mufloni Cornes a Pois (Belgian) – Panimoravintola Beer Hunters
- Prykmestar SavuKataja – Vakka-Suomen Panimo
- Prykmestar LuomuPils – Vakka-Suomen Panimo
- Prykmestar Double IPA – Vakka-Suomen Panimo
- HunajaBock (Honeybock) – Vakka-Suomen Panimo
In Stockholm we visited Akkurat at the recommendation of cicerone Tom Gustafson. Akkurat is the top Lambic bar in the world, with a massive cellar and an unbeatable selection. It took us a few rounds to befriend the bartender, but after that, he introduced us to some incredible beers.
Here is what we drank at Akkurat:
- De Ranke Saison
- Westemalle Dubbel
- Veckans Cantillonn
- Dragets Kanal Double IPA
- GrandCru Rodenbach
- Oppigards Single Hop Pale Ale
- Oppigards India Tribute IPA
- Erdinger Wheat