Trio of Icelandic craft beers land on UK shores

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Love Drinks has strengthened its craft beer portfolio with the winter roll-out of a trio of brews from Iceland’s Einstök brewery.

Joining the brewery’s Icelandic White Ale and Pale Ale, the new Einstök threesome includes Toasted Porter, Doppelbock Winter Ale and Wee Heavy.

Based just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle in the fishing port of Akureyri, Einstök brewery’s quest is to produce craft beers that are refreshing, full in flavour and beautifully balanced.

Offering notes of toffee and dark chocolate, Einstök’s Toasted Porter is “roasty and rich”. At 6% ABV, the porter can be paired with chargrilled meats or after a meal with dark chocolate.

Described as a winter celebration ale, the Icelandic Doppelbock (6.7% ABV) is made using malted barley. The brew presents flavours of classic chocolate and caramel sweetness, and can accompany roasted meats or a slice of rich chocolate cake.

Wee Heavy takes inspiration from the Viking’s history in Scotland that goes back a thousand years and Einstök’s brewmaster’s student days in Edinburgh.

The 8.0% Icelandic scotch ale is made with locally farmed and smoked barley and spiced with native Icelandic angelica – a fabled herb ancient Vikings used as currency. Einstök suggesting pairing the beer with cheeses, bread pudding and fruit-forward dishes.

Love Drinks’ marketing manager Ellie Jones said: “For a country with a population approximately the same size of Bradford, Iceland has built a reputation for punching well above its weight.

“Think Vikings, renewable energy, a football team who spectacularly dumped England out of the Euros in 2016 and the Einstök brewery, who have been creating waves in the global beer market and conquering taste buds since 2010.”

“In true Viking fashion the Einstök beers have made a big impression since landing in the UK so we’re delighted to extend the range with these three sensory-rich craft beers and expect them to see strong interest from the UK’s adventurous and discerning beer drinker.”

All three beers are available in 33cl bottles in cases of 24.

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