Located just 60 miles south of the Arctic circle in the Icelandic fishing port of Akureyri, Einstök Ölgerd is Iceland’s #1 craft brewery. Einstök brews a number of award-winning beers, including a triple-hopped Arctic Pale Ale, smoked Scottish Ale, Toasted Porter, a Summer Ale brewed with bilberries, a holiday Doppelbock and others.
Recently, I came across a bottle of a beer from the Iceland brewery that I really loved: Einstök Ölgerd Icelandic White Ale. Essentially, this beer is an Scandinavian take on a classic Belgian Witbier. It begins with some of the purest water on Earth: water flowing from rain and prehistoric glaciers. To that, pure and clear water is added wheat malt, pilsner malt, oats, Bavarian noble hops, coriander and orange peel.
I love the citrus flavors of the orange peel in this Icelandic White Ale and the coriander imparts a slight spicy bitterness that is very unique – citrus and spice leading to a well-rounded and refreshing finish.
Although this Einstök Ölgerd Icelandic White Ale is primarily brewed for sipping on hot summer days, it’s also a light and refreshing (5.2% ABV) beer for cold weather enjoyment, as well. I think it’s an especially good partner for spicy foods, whether they be Asian, Mexican, Thai, Indian or whatever. The beer also pairs very nicely with shellfish. Give this Icelandic brew a try!
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.