• Sweden edition
 
Sweden's strongest beer brewed at 18.5 percent

Sweden's strongest beer brewed at 18.5 percent

Published: 22 Sep 2010 12:15 GMT+02:00
Updated: 22 Sep 2010 12:15 GMT+02:00

The limited edition Sigtuna Ace of Spades Imperial Stout is brewed with fresh figs, dates, raisins and heather honey. An additional 2.5 kg of dark chocolate from Ecuador and star anise are added to the brew, which uses Columbus and green bullet hops.

"I got the idea to brew Sweden's strongest brew from other breweries from around the world, like Scotland's BrewDog, which has brewed 55 percent, 41 percent and 32 percent beers," head brewer Mattias Hammenlind told The Local. "They also have a beer called Tokyo which is also an Imperial, a similar style."

He added, "We settled at 18.5 percent. Above that is a little bit too much. I want it to be drinkable."

The new brew is only slightly higher than Sweden's previous strongest brew at 17 to 17.5 percent. The brewery has made 1,500 bottles that will be available starting next Friday at the Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival. After this batch, they will give the brew a rest until June or July next year to be ready for November and Christmas sales.

"We first fermented it with a British ale yeast strain to about 13 percent ABV, then added 25 kg of muscovado sugar and fermented it again with an American super-high gravity yeast," Hammenlind told BeerSweden.se. "Then we matured it in steel tanks with French oak chips (heavy roast) for three months."

Hammenlind joined the brewery last year. In his spare time, the brew master is also a drummer in the band SuperJudge.

"My brewing style is a mix of classical British and US innovation," he told BeerSweden.se. "All our beers at Sigtuna have a distinctive character of their own, but every one is made with the emphasis on quality, complexity and taste."

The brewery is located in a business park 3 kilometres from Stockholm Arlanda airport. In 2008, the brewery produced 35,000 litres of beer, a volume that doubled to 100,000 litres last year and is expected to reach 250,000 this year. Hammenlind added the brewery can increase capacity to 1 million litres a year.

Vivian Tse (vivian.tse@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

12:53 September 22, 2010 by balbright
Now if only the stupid laws could be changed so that consumers could actually buy this beer. Swedish micro's are pumping out some good stuff that never hits the systemet shelves. Sure I could privately order, but maybe I don't want a case of 18.5% brew. Sure I may be able to find it in one of the few bars around Sweden that carry something other than Carlsburg, but I'd rather not fork out 400:- for a pint. 150 - 200:- though I could handle for the novelty and enjoy in the comforts of home.
13:56 September 22, 2010 by Åskar
What makes you think that it has anything to do with Swedish laws?
15:18 September 22, 2010 by Swedesmith
Is it beer or cleaning fluid?
16:17 September 22, 2010 by anglesaxon
stout or porter,ive never been able to tell the difference.a good brew from uk is theakstons old peculier @ 5.6% but my favourite is coopers stout@ 7% from oz none of which i can get from the system ball ache. the best swedish one is copparbergs, but can never f***kin well find any,but the carnegie is ok,better than guinness.why cant we have pubs here like in uk & oz,with reasonable priced ale?
16:47 September 22, 2010 by crofab
I wish I could try this beer!
16:47 September 22, 2010 by ricenbeans
anybody want great beer at a reasonable price that you dont have to go to systembolaget for? be independent and make your own!
17:08 September 22, 2010 by riose
@ricenbeans

Or sail to Tallin, like real pirates do!
17:41 September 22, 2010 by spo10
i hope it'll be on Systembolaget soon! just in time for Christmas when it's utterly boring. i could sleep the day off by then :D
17:56 September 22, 2010 by ricenbeans
lol. yarr matey, prepare the longboat, eesti´s booty will be ours by sundown. you like that? thats a viking pirate.
18:40 September 22, 2010 by Michael Whitfield
If this Sigtuna Ace of Spades is anything like Gotlandsdricka, it it worth checking out. Leave it to the Swedes to come up with something unique.
20:04 September 22, 2010 by wxman
This is actually relatively low in alcohol content compared to other micro imperial beers being brewed around the world these days. The Scots have an ale that was recently released that is actually up around 40% ABV. That's whisky strength!
08:46 September 23, 2010 by Åskar
@Michael Whitfield

I don't think it has anything to do with Gotlandsdricka whatsoever. That is a singularly unique thing.

@wxman

But it wasn't fermented to that strength. It was distilled, although not by heat. They froze it to separate the water from the alcohol.
22:50 October 1, 2010 by Mr. Puppy
I want some high-THC mary jane at Systembolaget. So does Swedish author Birgitta Stenberg.
Today's headlines
Opinion
'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'
The submarine hunt is now in it's sixth day. Photo: TT

'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'

Military expert Johanne Hildebrandt tells The Local that the biggest question in the Stockholm submarine hunt hasn't been answered yet - why don't we know more about the "other operations" from the last few years? READ  

The Local List
Eight things to love about renting in Sweden
Apartments in Sweden are compact. Photo: Shutterstock

Eight things to love about renting in Sweden

A housing crisis means that short-term sublets are the norm in major cities and rent regulation rules are frequently flouted. But this week, The Local's decided to look on the bright side of renting an apartment in Sweden. READ  

Business & Money
Nordea banks big third-quarter profit gain
Nordea's Chief Executive Christian Clausen. Photo: TT

Nordea banks big third-quarter profit gain

Swedish bank Nordea announced on Wednesday a sharp rise in third quarter profits despite the economic slowdown and major outlays for an IT overhaul. READ  

National
Knutby priest faces early release from prison
Knutby in eastern Sweden, the scene of the murder. Photo: TT

Knutby priest faces early release from prison

A former priest in eastern Sweden who was sentenced to life in prison for organizing the murder of his wife has had his sentence reduced. READ  

Opinion
'Sweden will see Russia as a threat again'

'Sweden will see Russia as a threat again'

The Local speaks to one of Europe's leading security experts about why social media meant the Swedish military couldn't keep their 'submarine' search a secret and how she believes the country will ramp up its security against Russia. READ  

Interview
'Swedes are funnier than they think'
Comedian Al Pitcher has launched his new tour. Photo: www.alpitcher.com

'Swedes are funnier than they think'

New Zealand-born Al Pitcher launched his new comedy show in Stockholm this week. There wasn't a dull moment as The Local phoned up the man who has become one of Sweden's hottest comedians, while he took an eventful stroll in the capital. READ  

National
Stockholm suicide bomb investigation closes
The suicide bombing took place in 2010. Photo: TT

Stockholm suicide bomb investigation closes

Sweden's Security Service (Säpo) has announced that it will stop its core investigation into a suicide bombing in Stockholm four years ago. READ  

Stockholm 'sub hunt'
Military heads into 'new phase' in sub search
The search for the missing 'submarine' is now in its sixth day. Photo: TT

Military heads into 'new phase' in sub search

A press conference on the search for a suspected foreign vessel in Swedish waters revealed that the Armed Forces would be heading into a "new phase" on Wednesday, although it remained unclear what that might involve. READ  

Lifestyle
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
The bronze replica cannon. Photo: Beth Dacey.

Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden

A replica of one of the cannons present on Stockholm's iconic Vasa warship when it sank in 1628 is being tested for the first time in central Sweden. READ  

Health
Swedish farmers contracted swine flu
Swine flu can spread between pigs and humans. Photo: TT

Swedish farmers contracted swine flu

A human strain of the swine flu virus normally only found in pigs was discovered in Sweden earlier this year, the country's Public Health Agency has revealed. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Get 20% off unique Swedish homeware
Blog updates

21 October

Denna & den här (The Swedish Teacher) »

"?Denna? or ?den hr?? Swedish language students often ask question about different pronouns. One pronoun that especially..." READ »

 

19 October

Getting it (Blogweiser) »

"Follow Joel Sherwood on FB Few watch baseball in Sweden. This is excellent when your team loses..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Politics
Ten new minister faces you should know
Tech
First womb transplant baby in world born in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 5th
National
What's on in Sweden
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

1,007
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN