Yesterday I presented some statistics on how many breweries that brew each style of beer. As you could see there where no styles that all the breweries brewed. Which can be explained by some breweries brewing significantly less different types of beers then others. So I have made a list of the breweries and how many different kinds of beer they brew:
|Most different beer per brewery|
|Brewery||Quantity||% of total|
|Pannrummet kök och bar||23||3,69%|
|Irish Pub Sundsvall||20||3,21%|
I have shortened the names down a bit but I guess you all know which brewery is which. Monk’s brews allot of different beers which might have something to do with their small brewery and lust to experiment. As far as I know they don’t re-brew many of their beers either. I know that some of these breweries have more beers in their portfolio. But I have only included those that where registered at Ratebeer. Stockeboda for instance has more then 1 beer I have tried 2 myself. But they are new and I have a feeling the number will increase fairly fast.
Monk’s Café brews allot of different beers but as I pointed out before they also brew several of the same beers and it seems to be a trend amongst the breweries to stick to their style of beers. But lets see how many different styles of beers each brewery actually brew.
|Nr. Of different styles per brewery|
|Pannrummet kök och bar||18|
|Irish Pub Sundsvall||10|
This way of calculating it we see that Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri has the biggest diversity of beers in their portfolio. Actually the top part of this table looks very different from the top part of the table I posted just above it. However when we look at the bottom part of the tables they look fairly similar.
This is as much statistics I can present at the moment. I have an excel file of data if anybody wants a closer look at it.
While presenting these tables I’ve gotten curious. Why do they look this way? Why are certain styles more popular then others? To try and get some answers I will send e-mails to all the micro breweries to see if I can find anything interesting.
While waiting I will start working on a closer look at the big Swedish macro breweries. Do they only brew pale lagers? Well we will soon find out.
Yesterday we looked at what style of beer was most commonly brewed by Swedish micro breweries. However the results where a bit hard to interpret due to some breweries brewing several beers in the same style. So I’ve made a table of how many breweries that brew each style not taking into account how many they brew of each style.
|Nr. Who brew the style|
|Style||Quantity||% of total|
|English Pale Ale||17||62,96%|
|English Strong Ale||14||51,85%|
|American Pale Ale||11||40,74%|
|Golden Ale/Blond Ale||8||29,63%|
|Belgian Strong Ale||5||18,52%|
|Belgian White (Witbier)||4||14,81%|
|Classic German Pilsener||2||7,41%|
|American Strong Ale||1||3,70%|
|Lambic – Fruit||1||3,70%|
IPA is still on top and being brewed by 17 of the total 27 micro breweries. It’s also noticable that English Pale Ale is just as common. However as we saw in yesterdays table it isn’t a style that is brewed in several different varieties. Premium Lager and Porter are both very popular as they also where when we looked at the total amount of beer.
I have put a couple of beers in bold as those where some of the styles I have felt that we lack in from Swedish Micro Brewers. I’m surprised to see that a total of 7 breweries brew a German Hefe-Weizen. Same with Imperial/Double IPA and Barley Wine that are both brewed by 5 out of 27 breweries. The other styles are less common.
You might wonder why there are no styles that are brewed by all the breweries. It can mostly be explained by the fact that some breweries haven’t brewed that many beers yet or haven’t had them registered at Ratebeer. I will present some statistics from the breweries point of view tomorrow.
I’ve always had a soft spot for statistics and I just love Swedish micro brewed beer. However I’ve felt for a while that there is something lacking amongst Swedish micros. For instance I rarely see a Swedish barley wine, wheat beer, double IPA or any of the Belgian style ales. Meanwhile it feels like different types of lager, English ales, porters and stouts are very common. I figured I should have a closer look at it, so I’ve gathered data on what micro brewery brews what beer.
I’ve limited myself to using Ratebeer as my source, the style that is registered on the site is the style I used. This is a limitation in the data due to the chance of mistakes during registry but also that some beers don’t fit just one style. For instance some beer are labelled as ‘Smoked’ even though they can be a lager, stout or anything in between. I also decided to skip the annual beers if they where where of the same style as previous years.
I’ve gathered data from 27 Swedish micro breweries who in total brew 623 different beers. First thing I looked at was which style that was the most popular:
|Top by Style|
|Style||Quantity||% of tot.|
|American Pale Ale||33||5,30%|
|English Pale Ale||29||4,65%|
|Golden Ale/Blond Ale||23||3,69%|
|English Strong Ale||22||3,53%|
|Belgian Strong Ale||9||1,44%|
|Belgian White (Witbier)||4||0,64%|
|Classic German Pilsener||2||0,32%|
|American Strong Ale||1||0,16%|
|Lambic – Fruit||1||0,16%|
IPA contains both American and English stype IPAs. The high number can be explained by a few breweries brewing several different IPAs, Monks (11), Nynäshamn (6) and Dugges (5) account for almost half of the different types of IPA. Noticable in this table is that all of the styles I mentioned in the beginning are all very low, with the exception of German Hefe-weizen that is surprisingly high up.
It might be hard to get a closer look at the above table and it is not really reader friendly. But I wanted the whole list for those that want to get a closer look. In the below table I’ve tried to group most of the styles into bigger categories. I have separated Stout, Porter, Wheat, and Barley Wine since I wanted to take a closer look at them. Also didn’t put Smoked or IPA into a category as I wasn’t sure where to put them.
|Top by category|
|Category||Quantity||% of tot.|
The British styles are very popular and there is no competition for the top spot. I wonder how that is, could it be the close relations Sweden have with England. We can deal with the why question later. Among the German styles most of them could have ended up in the lager category, which gives a picture of how popular different styles of lagers is even among micro brewers. The Belgian category is higher then I expected and can largely be explained by the number of Belgian Ale and Belgian Strong Ales. The rest of the Belgian styles are very uncommon. Wheat and Barley Wine end up at the bottom of the list. Only a few breweries brew this style of beer.
As you notice the numbers can be a bit off if there is one brewery that brews allot of the same style. That seems to be a trend amongst the microbreweries to brew the same style of beer. For instance Pale Lager that mostly is brewed by Slottskällans and Grebbestads. So to get a better picture lets look at how many breweries brew each style of beer. I will publish my results tomorrow.