My father and Chrille had brewed a beer just for this festival. It’s an English style bitter, but they have added some American hops, Amarillo, to make it more “Bluesey”. Besides that they also used some English hops.
Blues Bitter (draft) 4,5%
It poured a hazy amber liquid with a huge foam that lasted a long time and left allot of lacing.
It smelled of grassy hops with a hint of citrus and grapefruit.
It tasted fresh with grassy and flowery hops and was very smooth in my mouth. Felt very easy to drink, but that also made it a bit watery. But it should work great on a sunny day and felt perfect for the Blues festival. Since you spend allot of time drinking beer during this festival it’s great to be able to do so without walking away on your forehead.
Julitta Chrilles clone (Bottle) 5%
Chrille took part in the Julitta project and this is the beer he made. The Julitta project is an experiment with different Swedish hops. A bunch of home brewers have then made beer from the different types of hops. This is Chrilles version and a fun fact is that his hops was from Södermanland so he used only ingredients from that region. The only thing that isn’t made or grown in Södermanland is the yeast.
It poured a cloudy golden liquid with a small foam that left some lacing.
It smelled of honey, hops, grass and hay.
It was very easy to drink, smooth but a bit watery with a strong taste of honey. An interesting project and it was fun to try it. Would work great on a hot sunny day.
Chrilles mystery beer nr 2
I got another bottle of mystery beer from Chrille. Last time it turned out to be a wheat bock. With some excitement I opened this bottle as well. Not knowing what was coming.
It poured a dark hazy amber liquid with a small foam that left some lacing. It had a very weak smell. It had a strong taste of iron and sulphur with just a hint of maple syrup. The iron was a bit too much for me and was apparently a result of the water that was used during the brew.
After tasting it Chrille said that it was an extract brew that he added some maple syrup to. It was made on May first so he named it Maple First. An interesting attempt but unfortunately the water ruined it.
This is the magic beer tap. We did our best to empty it but the beer just kept on pouring.
We started out slow on Saturday. Both me and Nicklas had to take a nap to get some energy, but Per is almost 100% energy so he had no problem keeping up the pace.
Enoying the sun, but not enjoying the Latvian beer we tested.
On our way down to the lake. I took a swim and we swung by a couple of Chrilles friends that had parked their caravans down there.
Later that evening my parents had invited some friends over for dinner. So me and my friends joined in and then later went over to a neighbor that always has a party during the blues festival.
Chrille and my father in line for some elk kebabs.
Once we got down to the festival it was packed. It seems like the Refreshments had drawn quite the crowd. Don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people at the festival before. Just as the other two evenings we had some elk kebabs.
Per enjoying a kebab and the main stage in the background.
This year they had introduced something new. On the other side of the festival area, opposite to the big stage, they had put up a small tent where a local band performed in between shows at the main stage. They played some Johnny Cash covers. I have to admit this was probably the best show I saw over the course of the festival, in competition with Bonafide on Thursday (I didn’t see all though). People where dancing and they even had to tell people to back off since they were pushing a bit too close to the small tent.
On Friday we went to Bjunges place to play some kubb and drink some beer. The weather was actually pretty nice and we had a good time.
The birthday party was great and I meet up with allot of old friends. There was also a surprise as the man of the house proposed to the birthday girl. Needles to say the mood was really high when we walked down to the festival.
I wrote this on Friday:
I’m currently in Frövi visiting some friends and family. Last night was spent trying out beers and visiting the Blues festival. Yesterday it was Rock-Thursday and also drug free so they didn’t sell any beer. We finally managed to drag ourselves away from the beer and walked in the rain down to the festival. I was surprised to find somewhere between 100-200 people listening to the music, Bonafide was playing and they made a good performance. We actually ended up staying for the whole show and then bought their album. I also bought an elk kebab. Can’t visit the Blues festival without it
When they finished the last song we walked back to my parents place and tried some more beer. I’m going to cover the beer in a separate article. But to give a quick summary, we started out trying some Latvian beer, and then went on to trying a couple of beers that Chrille had brought with him. We also tried all the home brewed beer we had on tap, 5 in total, including the experimental brews.
Now I need to go wake Niklas up, that lazy bastard.