The 3000th beer from the 100th country

In one of the greatest festivities of OMH's 8 years of existance we managed break both the 3000 beer barrier and the magic 100 country barrier in the same evening. We managed to get together no less than 12 members (new record), and of them finally Jonas Bofjäll and Fredrik Nyström are included in our official ratings. Another fascinating number this evening was 56, which was the number of new beers we tried.

The majority of the beers this evening was brought back by tours truly from Kazakhstan and Moscow. The Kazakhstani beerscene is actually quite OK with a fair number of breweries producing decent lagers, and it is not very difficult to pick up a small variety of beers, even in remote small towns. The Kazakhstani beer that fared the best in our ratings was Karagandinskoe Traditsionnoe, a pilsner in the Czechis style brewed in the stepp city of Karaganda. In Moscow beer is available everywhere, and even if most of the beer you find are standard lagers I must admitthe the beer scene in Moscow is well worth examining more closely than I had for. The most interesting beer I picked up was a Moscow brewed stout called Corund Angliyskiy Ale Stout, which tasted like a dry, anise spiced lighter version of a Baltic porter. The best scoring Russian beer was however the clean, balanced dark lager Botchkarev Temnoe.

More or less as usual we had received a box of beers from good friends. This time from Josh Oakes. This was where the real goodies came from... The supreme #1 of this evening was the excellent Tree Brewing Hophead India Pale Ale from British Columbia, outscoring another British Columbia favourite brewery of our's :Sailor Hägar. Their Narwhal Pale Ale is a fine example of the style. But Josh did not onlysend us good beers. He sent us two new countres too. Almaza Pilsner from Lebanon might not be all that bad, but Fiji Bitter is just the beer you could expect froma small equatorial country, or worse.

Josh was however not the only friend to bring us exotic beer. Robert Tellvik brought us Beer Chang from Thailand and Beerlao Lager Beer from Laos, which was yet another new country for us. The person who had put down the most work to dig up a new beer country for us was however Linus Rispling, who had cycled all the way from Sweden to Pakistan, just to bring us a can of the unusually interesting malta Murree Brewery's Malt-79. Unfortunatelyit finished last on position this rating session...

Beers rated in May '01
71Tree Brewing Hophead India Pale AleCanada4,245-45-443+4-4+5-2+4-45,8%Ale, British style
143Sailor Hägar's Narwhal Pale AleCanada4,054+544+34-4-4+3+3+3-45,0%Ale, British style
240Niagara Olde JackCanada3,934-2+5-5-4534-33-43+5,9%Ale, British style
380Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut PorterUSA3,764+23+4-43+4-3+4+3-4+4+ Porter/Stout
491Jämtlands BärnstenSweden3,664+ 5-5-2+3 3+ 1445,0%Lager, Dark
544Kootenay Black lagerCanada3,6242-3+4-343+3+4-44+4-5,5%Lager, Dark
662Shaftebury Cream AleCanada3,484233+ 44-4333+44,8%Ale, British style
703Shaftebury Honey Pale AleCanada3,454+3+33+3+4+33-33-3+3+5,0%Ale, British style
715Hart Valley GoldCanada3,443+3+43+44-32 333+5,0%Ale, British style
827The Shipyard Fuggles IPAUSA3,363+4+4-43+3-2-3-42+4-3 Ale, British style
1103Hummel Pils 1420Sweden3,173+ 34 3-    3+3-5,1%Lager, Light
1197Erdinger Champ WeissbierGermany3,113+ 24-2-4 4 3+33+ Wheat beer
1253Ölhallen 7-an ljusare än det andraSweden3,073 3+3- 3+    42+5,0%Lager, Light
1283Ölhallen 7-an mörkare än det andraSweden3,043+1+33+4332+2+3+3+3+5,0%Lager, Dark
1358Berliner Bürgerbräu Dunkler BockGermany3,0032+4+3+34-4-2-12-2+5-6,8%Lager, Bock
1365Botchkarev TemnoeRussia2,993+2332+4-3+3+2+2+3+4-5,2%Lager, Dark
1379Egger NaturgoldAustria2,984- 33+ 3+    2-2+5,1%Lager, Light
1483Palm Speciale, draughtBelgium2,943 34+32 3 2+3-2+5,0%Ale, British style
1491Karagandinskoe TraditsionnoeKazakhstan2,93343+3-33+3-3 13-34,4%Lager, Light
1501Grodans Imperial Oatmeal Double Chocolate Stout, homebrewSweden2,934- 3+4+3-3+ 1+ 0-43 Porter/Stout
1560Derbes Premium BeerKazakhstan2,8842-4-3+5-3-3-2-3-03+2+5,2%Lager, Light
1604Grodans IPA, aged 1 year, homebrewSweden2,84322+4-4-2-4-3-2-33+3+ Ale, British style
1624Marmovskoe TemnoeRussia2,82323-2+4342+ 13-44,8%Lager, Dark
1661Yunkerskoe Yantarnoe PivoRussia2,803-33-3+3-3-33-2+3+2+3-5,0%Lager, Dark
1726Sibirskoye Korona Originalnoe SvetloeRussia2,7634-33-2332+3+2+2+24,4%Lager, Light
1776Shymkent PilsnerKazakhstan2,724-432+3+3-3-22-133-5,0%Lager, Light
1874Ochsha Pivo IntarnoeRussia2,643+33+32331+222+3-4,4%Lager, Dark
1919Aray No11 Eksportnoe 12%Kazakhstan2,624-34+2-32-2+2+222+24,5%Lager, Light
1951Pavlodarskoe KlassicheskoeKazakhstan2,593+3+3-3+2-323 2+1+25,0%Lager, Light
2030Tri medvedya SvetloeRussia2,523-43+2+1+332-2+1-3+35,0%Lager, Light
2057Ideal Svetloe 12%Kazakhstan2,503-4+3+2-2+2+3-23+12+2 Lager, Light
2139Vostotchnaya Bavariya Svetloe PivoRussia2,433+4-2-32+3-32- 1-3-2+4,7%Lager, Light
2156Zeunerts Pite Pils 3,5%Sweden2,412+ 3-3- 3-    2+23,5%Lager, Light
2158Norrby's GuldSweden2,413+ 22 2+    3+25,0%Lager, Light
2234Vladimirskoe VelikoeRussia2,3434+1-3-232+3 03+34,5%Lager, Light
2274Tolstyak ZaboristoeRussia2,313+3+232+22+2- 1-3-2+6,1%Lager, Bock
2305Corund Angliyskiy Ale StoutRussia2,281+2+4-43-1-41-1-1-3+45,7%Porter/Stout
2334Pavlodarskoe OriginalnoeKazakhstan2,263+33-3-2-32-2+ 11+24,1%Lager, Light
2373Chamvnitcheskoe PivoRussia2,2134+2-3-1+22+2+2-231+4,5%Lager, Light
2417Spendrups KronaSweden2,163- 22 2    3-2+4,2%Lager, Light
2419Nevskoye KlassicheskoyeRussia2,16332+22+2 2 12+25,0%Lager, Light
2443Pavlodarskoe OsoboeKazakhstan2,132332+12+2+3+ 2+1+14,0%Lager, Light
2487Stoney's BeerUSA2,082 12+3-3+ 2- 2234,7%Lager, Light
2494Grodans Veteöl, homebrewSweden2,072- 2-3-22+ 3+ 2-1+3+ Wheat beer
2529Shachterskoe TraditsionnoeKazakhstan2,032+2-3+2+23+2-2+2-1-1+24,5%Lager, Light
2542Beer ChangThailand2,002-3+33-2-2-2-2-2+2-2-2 Lager, Light
2650Tolstyak PegkoeRussia1,882-3+2+212-3-2- 2-2+24,5%Lager, Light
2655Almaza PilsnerLebanon1,8722+2-22-1+3+22-32-2-4,0%Lager, Light
2722KungSweden1,733 1-2-      2-2+5,2%Lager, Light
2747Beerlao Lager BeerLaos1,692-3-23-112+12-3-2-25,0%Lager, Light
2805Kopparberg Mixed Malt Hallon/Sv. VinbärSweden1,581 12+ 3+    12-3,5%Special
2814Klinskoe LioksRussia1,553+3+2-1+03-2-1 1+025,4%Lager, Light
2872Fiji Export BitterFiji1,421-2-12-13-2+2-3+1-2+2-4,6%Lager, Light
2874Blågul 7,2Sweden1,422- 11+ 2    2+1+7,2%Lager, Bock
2877Miller LiteUSA1,422+ 11 2    124,1%Lager, Light
2887Tian-ShanKazakhstan1,392-120+22-1-2+2+22-2 Lager, Light
2969Kopparberg Mixed Malt BlåbärSweden1,071+ 1-1- 3    2-03,5%Special
3003Murree Brewery's Malt-79Pakistan0,871-12+0+1112+0+3-0+10,0%Special
Rated by: Johan Zetterlund, Mattias Leidebjer, Per Samuelsson, Lars Samuelsson, Cecilia Gårdebäck, Fredrik Huldt, Anna Hultén,Lars Granström, Oscar Hansson, Minna Hytönen, Fredrik Nyström and Jonas Bofjäll

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Updated 2001-06-15 Per Samuelsson