New dads don’t get to the pub much. I’ve been twice since Little Wheels arrived ten weeks ago, and one of those was a Wetherspoon. I’m not complaining. My priorities have changed for the better and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Plays havoc with your blogging, though. One advantage of having zero spare time is that I’ve actually got a small, but growing store of beers. Despite his tender age, Little Wheels somehow got me a selection of Belgian beers for my birthday t’other week. I’m saving them for a moment when I’ve got time to savour them – at this rate it’ll be LW’s 18th birthday.
The only new beer I’ve tried in recent weeks was this tin of ‘Stockholm Fine Festival Beer’ picked up from (where else) IKEA by Mrs Wheels. It’s brewed by Three Hearts, an imprint of the Kroenleins brewery in Halmstad, who otherwise seem preoccupied by licence-brewing Bavarian beers for Sweden.
I expected this to be a bog-standard cooking lager – but it was a bit better than that. Poured a huge head from that coke-sized tin, with a grassy, farmyard-y nose. Very carbonated with a clean, citrus hit. Some bitterness. Pleasant and inoffensive – if this was the only beer at a barbecue, you wouldn’t be too upset. It’s a reasonably hefty 5.3%, presumably something to do with booze being wincingly expensive in Sweden – get as much ABV in as you can for the price. This little tin was 95p. A half litre of it in Stockholm would be something in the order of £6.50. And British drinkers think they have it tough.