Even Iceland’s getting in on the act, and this time I mean the country not the shitty supermarket. Einstock brewery is apparently a mere 60 miles south of the arctic circle in a town in Iceland called Akureyri. Some spiel about glaciers and lava fields means the water they use is quite pure. Given you then stuff a bunch of malt, hops and yeast into it I’m not really sure what difference it makes but it sounds nice on the marketing blurb.
They have a core range of 3 beers (pale ale, toasted porter and a wheat beer). As you can see, I have sampled the toasted porter although I have the pale ale in the fridge too. It is, as my good friend Anthony who recommended it says, black as night. It smells like liquorice and tastes like all the cliche things you expect from a toasted porter; roasted coffee, chocolate and hints of ash. I really like it, which is good given that it’s £2.50 a bottle. But I guess you should expect that when you buy beer from Harvey Nichols food department.
Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “glad mum’s gone to Iceland”.