CBS Beer: Educating students since 2014
I’m going to start with some assumptions. I assume that I am not the only person who drinks beer as if it were water. I’m also going to assume that I’m not the only one who is close to clueless about what I’m drinking. But Wednesday 26th February at Nørrebro Bryghus, CBS Beer provided me with the chance to acquire some knowledge in the field of beer. If you’re only here to find out whether the event was fun or not, then let me tell you, it definitely was and I’m without a doubt going next time. If you want to learn something about beer, let me enlighten you.
We tasted (and when I say tasted, I mean drank a glass of) 6 beers in 1 hour, the beer gradually getting stronger and more alcoholic. Meanwhile Kasper, our host, filled us with fascinating facts about beer. So next time you have to impress someone with your extensive knowledge about beer, here are some basics that you should know.
Let’s start out easy. Did you know that nearly all beer contains barley?
The second thing I learned was that Belgian wheat beer is usually considered a feminine beer. Surprise, surprise, it was my favorite. This is because it is citrusy and light. German ones are much less fruity. But guys – we don’t mind if you like it too, it shows you’re comfortable with your feminine side. The type we tasted was a witbier (white beer) that contained orange and coriander. Bet you never imagined that those two ingredients would go into beer!
What else can I tell you? Well, lager beer has been bottom-fermented for longer periods of time at cold temperatures, but when you order an ale, it has been top-fermented at higher temperatures, but for a shorter time! And lager comes from the German word “lagern” that means “to store”! A common example of a lager beer is Tuborg Classic. The kind we got was a Vienna-Style American Fusion lager beer, fancy name, right?
Moving onto the topic of ale, it is a “gateway into beer geekiness”. The one we tried was a red ale, called Ravnsborg Rød, which was malty, sweet and caramelized. This particular ale was named after the street called Ravnsborggade (which is right by Nørrebro Bryghus), where poor people used to live, and there is a jail in the backyard. There used to be two breweries on this street, and they only brewed “Nisseøl” (dwarf beer), and these two breweries were the inspiration behind Ravnsborg Rød.
The fourth beer we tried was apparently a “wonderful mistake”, which should have been a 5,5% Bavarian Style Wiessbier, but not enough water got through when they were making it, resulting in a higher alcohol content: 8% (but I’m not complaining)! And here comes the fun fact; the higher the sugar content in the mash, the more alcohol it contains! This is because the yeast converts the glucose (sugar) to alcohol and carbon dioxide (which makes the bubbles).
Did you know that an easy, but not hundred percent bulletproof rule of distinguishing between a Stout and a Porter, is that when you look through a glass of porter with a candle behind it, it will have a purple/brown hue, whereas you can’t see through a stout? I wasn’t the hugest fan of the porter, because it tasted a bit like coffee, and surprisingly for a business student, I don’t like coffee. But relative to the next beer we had, it was delicious…
When we got to the last beer, everyone had at least a little buzz, and Zoe, a first year IB student remarked that it tasted like jägermeister – coining the term “Jägerbeer”. She wasn’t the only one who had difficulty getting this 12.5% beer down, a look around the room revealed noses being wrinkled and people trying to casually put the beer on someone else’s table. It was called Barley Wine, although it had nothing to do with wine, and was 6 years old. This was the kind of beer you should drink when it’s “dark and cold, and you’re reaching for your inner grandpa”. By the time we were drinking this last beer, my friends and I were a bit tipsy, so this sounded hilarious to us.The CBS Beer guys, all wearing blue shirts, rose to the challenge though. They got up on a little staircase and announced that from now on, it was a tradition to chug the last beer on the beer tasting agenda. This meant that everyone was in the same boat, and endured the five seconds of beer chugging together. I gave my beer to someone else.
The cherry on top was that after the beer tasting, we were all allowed to get one free beer at the bar, of which I, conforming to gender roles, chose the first beer – the feminine one. After the successful event, there was a unanimous decision that we should all go to Kassen, a cool bar in Nørrebro (Copenhagen’s Treasures: Kassen, will soon be written). All in all, a fantastic evening with great company, yummy snacks and last but definitely not least, delicious beer! There’s so much more to beer than I thought, and that’s what made this beer tasting so interesting.