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Monday, 27 June 2016

Beers of Euro 2016 - #5 Iceland, Einstök Icelandic While Ale, Einstök Brewery

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My #beersofeuro2016 campaign rolls on and tonight England take on one of the surprise packages in the UEFA European Championship when they play Iceland. Cristiano Ronaldo spat his dummy out when Iceland held Portugal to a draw in their opening group match but after a victory over Austria in their second match, the team from the Nordic Island proved that they deserved their place in the last 16. Icelanders like their beer and for a country with a small population there is quite a number of breweries dotted across the island, however there isn't a huge export market for their beer so sourcing an Icelandic beer isn't as easy as I thought that it might be. Fortunately, one of the main brands on the island, Einstök, is much easier to get your hands on so Einstök Icelandic White Ale was quickly called up to play.
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Iceland were drawn in Group F with one of the tournament favourites, Portugal as well as Austria and Hungary.
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I sourced my Einstök Icelandic White Ale from Beers of Europe for £2.59 although you can also source from good bottle shops and I have seen it stocked in The Trading House in Glasgow.
Information from the brewery website highlights that The Einstök Brewery is located just 60 miles south of the Arctic circle in the fishing port of Akureyri, Iceland. There, the water flows from rain and prehistoric glaciers down the Hlíðarfjall Mountain and through ancient lava fields, delivering the purest water on Earth, and the perfect foundation for brewing deliciously refreshing craft ales.
In reality, the beer didn't quite live up to the romantic vision above. The beer pours with a pale straw colour, although I expected it to be more like a wheat beer as the White Ale is brewed using the centuries old Belgian traditions. The pour created a huge foamy head that quickly dissipated leaving very little lacing on the glass. The beer advises that flavours of orange peel and coriander are there although I really struggled to identify any of this either on the nose or in the taste. One of the selling points of Einstök is that they use the purest water on earth but I felt that the water is perhaps too pure and as a result I felt that the beer lacked any real wow factor. Great for quenching a thirst on a hot day? Maybe and I would probably drink a bottle sitting in the sun but I probably wouldn't drink a second.
Keep up to date with my progress on Twitter as I try to complete my challenge and you can let me know which Icelandic beers you would pick, using the hashtag #beersofeuro201

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