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24|02 – BBNo x Põhjala Collab Brew
23 Mar 2016

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Põhjala is one of Estonia’s leading craft breweries, and from their base in Nömme, Tallinn, have released a wide range of flavour-forward beers since their launch in 2014. Aberdeenshire-born Head Brewer Chris Pilkington, like so many of the current craft beer generation, is a prolific homebrewer-turned pro. Chris has previously worked at BrewDog, and under his watchful eye, Põhjala’s top-of-the-range 12 hectolitre Premier Steel brewhouse has released some stunning beers in a broad spectrum of styles. We especially love their bold and vibrant branding – see their range here.

We wanted to work with Põhjala on a beer for the Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend on April 1-2, and so last month we invited Chris down to brew a beer with us – something inspired by Estonia. The recipe for the multigrain Amber Ale we came up with was inspired by the traditional Estonia dish ‘kama‘, a milled flour mixture of various grains, nowadays generally enjoyed as breakfast with milk and often sweetened with sugar and blueberry. But how to capture this in beer?

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To replicate the character of kama as closely as possible in the beer, for the malt grist we used a blend of barley, oats and rye, with some amber and brown malt to add a richer, nutty flavour. To give the fruity, blueberry flavour and aroma, we hopped the beer with Amarillo and Mosaic. 24|02 was picked as the name for this beer for two reasons – it matches the date we brewed it with Chris, 24 February, but is also Estonia’s Independence Day! 24|02 will be released at the Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend, and just for the launch, the beer will be served through a Randall infusing it with real blueberries!

The beer will also be available here in the UK, so watch out for news of its release soon!

 

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