Baldur the Brewmaster,
a native Icelander who has studied brewing in Germany and returned to his homeland for the opportunity to brew craft beer just miles south of the Arctic Circle.
During his time in Germany he learned German and Belgian brewing techniques, which comes through each of the three beers we had a chance to try. The quality of the water used in brewing also added an interesting characteristic. Water, arguably the most important ingredient, can make or break a beer. And in the case of Einstok, water does much of the talking.
Sourced from glaciers and filtered through lava fields- the water tastes so clean it almost overwhelms the beer itself- particularly the Icelandic White Ale. Coriander and orange peel compliment the clean glacier appeal with a cut of citrus and spice. The Icelandic Pale gives us a sweeter toffee and subdued hop approach, while the Icelandic Toasted Porter sticks to a very traditional direction – Dark Roasty malts that are noticeable, but not overwhelming, with a very light drinkable body that is approachable any time of the year.
It may not feel like it, but it is in fact spring, and summer is right around the corner. Session beers tend to be my go to during these seasons, and I wouldn’t hesitate to drink like a modern day viking.
Bottle Bar East loves your face.