5 March, 2015

Historic brewmance at St Eriks Brewery

Samuel Adams & St Eriks #1 Trans Atlantic Belgian Red Strong Ale – flavoured with lingonberries and cranberries. That is the title of the Boston Beer and St Eriks first collaboration, released at the Swedish market in February.

The item in question is a unique golden pink fusion of North American and European, brewed as a robust pale Belgian ale with pilsner malt, wheat malt, oats, and Czech Saaz hops. Inhabiting a characteristic Belgian yeast strain it is then added with loads of American cranberries and Swedish lingonberries – all for a historic brewmance between two leading craft breweries in each their country.

Through Belgian Red Strong Ale the companies have kicked off the Trans Atlantic Series, initially created by Head BrewersGrant McCracken (Boston Beer) and Jessica Heidrich (St Eriks) on location in Arlandastad, Sweden, last autumn. The pleasing and inspiring result lead to plans of further speciality brews in the future.


Trans Atlantic Belgian Red Strong Ale is flowery in the nose with tones of ripe red berries and hints of pomegranate, forrest and bog myrtle. Berry crisp in the mouth with taste of cranberry, cherry, lingonberry, rasperry and herbs, towards an elegant base of malt and the slender yeast aromas. Lingering lingonberry tart and balanced finish, aromatic and dry.


The aromatic tartness with tones of berries lead the thoughts to Burgundy and rosé wine on Pinot Noir. # 1Trans Atlantic Belgian Red Strong Ale would instantly work as aperitif or a sipping beer. Pairs well with grilled fish or a chunky salad, like Nicoise or Ceasar salad.

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