Thursday, June 27, 2013

LERVIG AKTIEBRYGGERI's "BETTY BROWN"

We had just returned from a family trip from Seattle, and after getting home from the airport, I was ecstatic to watch my Tivo'ed Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (that's hockey, folks) between my San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings. I headed down to the beer fridge and pulled out this "BETTY BROWN" brown ale I received from Knut Albert when I was in Norway; it's made by LERVIG AKTIEBRYGGERI, straight outta Stavanger, Norway, and it sounded about perfect for the night I was about to have. Popped the cap, took the photo (always have to take the photo), and turned on the Tivo to watch the game, which I'd recorded and was long over. Uh....where's the game? Uh....well - looks like Tivo didn't record it. What the hell! Game 7!!!! Googled the result - Sharks lost. Not even close. At least I was left with the beer.

Now Lervig, I'd already had their "RYE IPA" when I was in Oslo this past April. It was pretty good. I'll admit that it's difficult for a brown ale to really bust paradigms and blow me away, especially when I was as despondent as I was while drinking it. It's a clean and simple brown ale. Englishy, and nutty, with a very thin film of flavor. Simple and decent, but I'm not getting any "Norway" out of this one. As average as the day is long, unless you're in Scandinavia, where the day is way long right about now. 6.5/10.

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