My guest article on Hop Talk lamented the lack of American beers in the UK. What I find frustrating is that there is plenty of North American beer available in Scandinavia.
It is often said how expensive beer is in the Scandinavian countries, yet the love for decent beer is immense.
All of these beers are available this week in Stockholm. I realise this is a festival list so is not representative of the situation all year round, but North American beers which we don't see in the UK are available on a regular basis in Sweden and its neighbours.
Generally speaking it is the real beer lovers' pubs which specialise in these imports: bars like Akkurat and Oliver Twist in Stockholm, and The Rover in Gothenburg have a great list of US stuff. But the Systembolaget, which is the Swedish Alcohol Retail Monopoly also has a great selection. The current availability is: Anchor Bock Beer, Anchor Christmas Ale, Anchor Steam Beer, Anchor Summer Beer, Left Hand Black Jack Porter, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Brooklyn Brown Ale, Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Local 1, Anchor Liberty Ale, Miller, Miller Lite, North Coast Old Stock Ale, North Coast Red Seal Ale, Samuel Adams Black Lager, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Samuel Adams Summer Ale, Samuel Adams Boston Ale, Samuel Adams Octoberfest, Left Hand Sawtooth Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Sierra Nevada Bigfoot.
I certainly wouldn't complain if I could buy those beers at my local off licence.