American wild ales
The capital of Lithuania annually attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists from the CIS countries and Europe. This is largely due to the fact that low-cost airlines fly regularly to this European city. However, do not take Vilnius only as an intermediate point of your route. In our opinion, the city deserves a more careful and substantive study. Vilnius is especially good on summer evenings. Especially for you, we have selected more than 15 (!) Establishments for every taste, where you can study the achievements of Lithuanian breweries in an easy and relaxed atmosphere or just pass the time.
First of all, we advise you to study the assortment of the Nisha Craft Capital bar (L. Stuokos-Gucevičiaus g. 9). This small bar is located on the ground floor of a residential building, directly opposite the Church of the Holy Cross. The assortment is impressive: 22 cranes and about 100 positions in refrigerators and shelves. Mostly new products and time-tested local varieties are presented, but the choice of imported samples is also not bad. Glasses of various volumes allow you to dive deeper into the realities of the modern craft market in Lithuania, and also not much to spend on “overseas” exclusives. Continue reading
Learning about the ancient method of torture called Scaphism, Billy Powell, the owner of the Long Island Nightmare Brewing Company, felt that he simply had to brew beer inspired by this creepy practice. It is believed that ancient Persians used scaphism for the first time. They tied the prey between two boats, then forcibly drank it with milk and honey and smeared this mixture on her body to attract insects that alive ate the victim, which led to a slow painful death. Powell embodied this concept in beer by adding milk sugar and honey to it and keeping it on the kernels of cocoa beans and Tahitian vanilla. The result was an imperial stout with a strength of 17%. The number 17 indicates the number of days that, according to the annals, the first victim lived, who was executed by this method.
Nightmare’s Scaphism brand conveys the frankly sinister spirit of this venture, as well as its owner’s boundless love of horror films and death metal. All this inspires him to create one of the most progressive sorts of craft beer in New York. Each can is adorned with an ominous black and white drawing by Defame, an illustrator from St. Louis. Powell notes with a grin that he chose him because he “just like him sees the beautiful in the terrible.” Continue reading
There is nothing cooler than coals – especially for retro-futurists who love great beer.
Kulship is a large but shallow container made of copper or stainless steel. Use it to cool beer wort and its spontaneous fermentation. Kulships have been used for several centuries, and the most famous example of this is the production of the Belgian lambic at such legendary breweries as Cantillon. As for the unusual word “kulship”, it comes from the Flemish koelschip.
With the introduction of new equipment for cooling and temperature control, such as heat exchangers and cone-shaped fermentation tanks, most brewers abandoned the use of coolers.
Nevertheless, over the past decade, thanks to American brewers, the cools got a new life: Allagash, New Glarus, Russian River, Jester King, Black Project, The Veil breweries and many others began to produce a variety of types of sour beer of spontaneous fermentation, similar to lambic. Continue reading