Why US Beer and Coffee taste so bad - Or does it?

Wednesday thoughts

Breweries in the US

    This year has brought new challenges and new opportunities to me and my life. I experienced my first summer in a city that is farther down south than what I ever have lived. It's interesting how large USA is, there are so many states.

    A lot of time people are generalizing their thought about the US based on a small experience in one town in one state, but with 50 states that doesn't really makes sense. It's like saying that just because french people like bread and cheese that is the norm for someone up north in Sweden, or that the coffee in Europe is really bad, because you accidentally got served bad coffee when you went to that tiny little cafe in Portugal. 

    Ofta tycker jag att vi svenskar är väldigt bra på att generalisera saker och ting, och det känns som att det inte riktigt förstår hur stort USA faktiskt är. Det går absolut inte att generalisera saker och ting i USA, enligt mig. 

    I love beer, and before I moved to the US all I knew about american beer was Bud Light, which I had never tried before because it's seen as a watery and bad beer in Sweden. Who would buy that? Every now and then I see comments about US beer from european people, that the beer is really shitty. I wonder where they have been? There are 20 some breweries in Alaska and I have been to many of them. I must say, most of them are great, actually awesome. Nowadays I love going to breweries and try to find at least one to visit once I go to a new place.

    Innan jag flyttade till USA visste jag absolut ingenting om amerikansk öl. Man ser ju ofta bud light och så i filmer och min uppfattning var att ölen i USA var blaskig. Men jag ser även nu folk som faktiskt varit i USA och fortfarande kommenterar om hur dålig ölen är här. Men det är fel, ölen här i så god, och det finns så mycket olika alternativ, många små bryggerier att välja mellan. 

    Obviously there are small breweries that aren't as good as others, as there are large corporation breweries that are worse than the small ones. The last few years there has been such an increase in small breweries, and nano breweries, popping up all over the country. Everyone wants to brew beer professionally, and many people succeed but more don't. Now how many small breweries does Sweden have? Right. They are popping up there to of course. 

    Det finns förstås en del bryggerier som är sämre än andra, men även många som är exceptionella. Hur många bryggerier har vi Sverige nu? Just det :)

    When my mom and dad came here for the first time W introduced my dad to IPA. He hated it. Man, I hated it the first time I had it. This hoppy beer filled with joy. At the end of my parents visit my dad was drinking IPA. He figured he needed to try it again, and again, and then he actually did like it. At that time when the parents were here, the IPA was almost unheard of in Sweden, but a few months later it made it's big entrance to Sweden too. The fridge was stocked with IPAs when W and I came to visit, my dad had prepared it for W of course, and me. 

    När mamma och pappa kom hit första gången blev pappa introducerad till IPA. Det är W's favorit sort, och flera olika bryggerier har sin version av den. Pappa hatade den, till och med jag gjorde det första gången. Det är en väldigt speciell smak, men nu så gillar både jag och pappa den sorten också.

    Same goes with coffee. There are a lot of good places in the US to get coffee from, and if you keep going to the store and by Folgers instant coffee, or ground coffee, well you get what you pay for! I used to buy these for instance:

    Det är samma visa med kaffe, det finns väldigt många bra platser att faktiskt köpa kaffe på, man behöver inte köpa det absolut billigaste och sämsta man kan hitta, inte undra på att man inte gillar kaffet sedan.

Did you know that Alaskans are actually considered coffee snobs?

Here are some of my Alaskan beer favorites, I probably forgot a few...

  • Mother Ale, Denali brewing company
  • Twister Creek, Denali brewing company
  • Peninsula brewer's preserve, Kenai river brewing company
  • German Kölsch, Hoodoo brewing company
  • American IPA, Hoodoo brewing company
  • Belgian Saison, Hoodoo brewing company
  • Beaver tail blonde ale, Kassiks brewing company
  • Sockeye red IPA, Midnight sun brewing company
  • Pleasure town IPA, Midnight sun brewing company
  • Snowshoe white, Midnight sun brewing company
  • Copper creek amber ale, Silver Gulch
  • Pick Ax porter, Silver Gulch

Some of the more mainstream ones I enjoy:

  • Alaskan Amber, Alaskan brewing company
  • Freeride APA, Alaskan brewing company
  • White, Alaskan brewing company
  • Summer, Alaskan brewing company

Do you have a favorite beer, in Europe or in the US?