Beer #123 - Lervig / Lucky Jack
Beer #123 - W/C 3 July 2017
BREWERY // American-born brewer Mike Murphy is behind Lervig's beers and the brewery a truly international feel. They were voted one of the World's Top 100 Breweries on RateBeer where they are also rated as brewing 4 of the top 5 rated Norwegian beers. Lervig are known for their great collaboration beers with breweries all over the World. They also brew for gypsy brewers such as Mikkeller for whom they brew Imperial Stouts. Brewing in Norway isn't without challenges, all malt and hops need to be imported, prohibition supporting politicians have banned alcohol advertising and alcohol tax is more than 3 times higher than New Zealand. The Stavanger brewery offers tours. While we're talking about ratings- the brewery tour is listed as #61 of '95 things to do in Stavanger' list on TripAdviser but it's #2 on our list. Right after that cool big rock.
BEER // Lucky Jack is by far the most popular beer Lervig make and was the first beer to be canned in Norway. It's a classic, hop forward American Pale Ale with lots of citrus aroma. Grapefruit is most prominent and you may also determine elderflower, pine and tropical fruits. At 45 IBU, it isn't overly bitter and the toffee sweetness of the caramel malts balances the beer beautifully. It's a quaffable beer made for Summer. As it's midwinter, you'll need to use your imagination.
BREWERY // Lervig
BEER // Lucky Jack
STYLE // American Pale Ale
ORIGIN // Stavanger, Noway
HOPS // Perle, Citra, Amarillo, Chinook
ABV // 4.7%
TEMPERATURE // Cold/Cool - 7-11C
FOOD MATCH // Beef burger with cheddar & bacon. Chilli oil laced pizza. Thai green curry
GLASS // Tulip. Shaker