Next beer bar on my Baltic Sea beercation is Man In The Moon in Stockholm. Man In The Moon is a very nice place with a relaxed atmosphere and a huge selection of bottled beer. Some of the bottled beers are 20+ years old! Among them were Cuvée van de Keizer – Blauw dated 1998 by belgian Het Anker. The taplist was also quite impressive with 25-30 taps with beers of all sorts – some of them brewed for this bar only. A pale ale by Buxton (Månens Pale Ale) and a lager brewed by Fjäderholmens Bryggeri.
I ended up with three beers to quench my thirst after heavy sightseeing in Stockholm.
The three beers were: 1) EvilTwin Brewing – Perfect AM Parfait. The Great NYC Garbage Disposal Revival Edition 1 – A very well balanced fruity sour with a quite muted acidity but a nice kind of oily mouth feel on top of loads of fruit and berry flavors. 2) Prairie Artisan Ales – Era – A farmhouse ale with nice farmhouse flavors paired with a satisfying bitterness and nice dry hopping flavors from the Citra and Centennial hop additions. 3) Buxton Brewery – Månens Pale Ale – A nicely hopped and refreshing pale ale with a satisfying bitterness and evident dry hopping. Månens Pale Ale is brewed exclusively for this bar.
By the way…they do have some cool beer coasters a this place
Now we are off to Åland. Hopefully we’ll find tasty beers there as well – see you!
Mikkeller Bar Stockholm is a nice bar in a quiet street. When we arrived we found some seats outside as it was a warm summer evening in Stockholm. Brahegatan a really quiet street with next to no traffic, so sitting inside is really not a choice if you can find a seat outside. To begin with we settled on two beers. The two beers were:
Upp Med Flipan! from the Swedish brewery Unibärsum. Upp Med Flipan! is an American IPA with grapefruit, cranberry juice and Citra hops. Bitterness is soft and lots of grapefruit and delicate cranberry flavors makes this beers a nice summer sipper.
Bezzer Weisser from Mikkeller. Bezzer Weisser is a passionfruit berliner weisse. Passionfruit is evident in flavor but I would have liked Bezzer Weisser to be way more sour to be really great.
When we had finnished these two beers and outside temperature had dropped we moved inside to enjoy one last beer to end a long day of travelling. The interior is light and welcoming with a relaxed atmosphere. Service is nice and friendly and is more than willing to guide you in your choice of beer. People visiting the bar is a good mixture of young and old and beer nerds and regular beer drinkers. Music played at the bar is a mix of classic and modern rock. Mikkeller Bar Stockholm is definitely worth to visit again. Now back to the beer we went inside to drink.
Smoldering Holes from WarPigs Brewpub. This is an explosion of taste in your mouth – chocolate, espresso, licorice and roasted malts in a super smooth and surprisingly easy drinking imperial stout. This beers is one to enjoy slowly to let it develop more flavor as it slowly warms itself. Indeed a super tasty beer!
Is it important to your travel planning that craft beer is availible at your destination? For me it’s not a decisive thing when I choose my destination, but it’s something I always like to look into before I go. I also like to go out and investigate the local supermarkets to find out if their beer selection is better than my local supermarkets at home (who have a very poor selection).
My next blog posts will be about what beer related experiences I have this summer. I’ll start here in Denmark and then move around part of the Baltic Sea – destinations will be in Sweden, Åland, Finland, Russia and Estonia. I’ll take a look at local craft beer bars, brew pubs and craft breweries when I happen to come across them.