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Discovering the Unique Flavor of Gotlandsdricke with Ölverk Brewery

Discovering the Unique Flavor of Gotlandsdricke with Ölverk Brewery

Brewing Gotlandsdricke with Gotland’s Wisby Ölverk


If you’re a fan of homebrewing, you might love to try different techniques, flavors and ingredients. And if you’re looking to try something different, brewing Gotlandsdricke might be the next thing for you. Gotlandsdricke is a traditional beer from the island of Gotland, Sweden, brewed with juniper berries, hops, and dark syrup.

In this article, we’ll be talking about our experience brewing Gotlandsdricke with Gotland’s Wisby Ölverk, a craft brewery on the island. We’ll share our thoughts on the process and results of our brewing session, as well as some tips and tricks for anyone looking to brew Gotlandsdricke for themselves.

The brewing process

We started our brewing session with Gotland’s Wisby Ölverk’s recipe for Gotlandsdricke. The recipe called for the following ingredients: malt, hops, juniper berries, and dark syrup. We sourced our ingredients locally and followed the recipe carefully.

The malt we used was a mix of barley and rye malt, which gave the beer a grainy and slightly sweet taste. The hops we used were a mix of Saaz and Cascade, giving the beer a grassy and citrusy aroma.

The juniper berries we used were from our own backyard, sourced from a juniper tree. We crushed them with a mortar and pestle before adding them to the boil. The dark syrup was added in the last 10 minutes of the boil, giving the beer its dark amber color and slightly sweet taste.

Overall, the brewing process went smoothly and without any issues. We followed the recipe carefully, and we were excited to taste the final product after fermentation.

The taste and final verdict

After fermenting for a week, we cracked our bottles open and poured ourselves a glass of Gotlandsdricke. The aroma was a mix of juniper berries and hops, giving the beer a fresh and earthy smell. The taste was a combination of sweetness from the malt and syrup, balanced out by the bitterness of the hops and the spiciness of the juniper berries. The carbonation was a bit lower than we expected, but it didn’t take away from the overall drinking experience.

Overall, we were pleased with the final product and would definitely recommend trying to brew Gotlandsdricke yourself. If you’re a homebrewer looking to try something new, or you’re just a beer enthusiast in search of new flavors, Gotlandsdricke is definitely worth a shot.

Some tips for brewing Gotlandsdricke

If you’re planning on brewing Gotlandsdricke yourself, here are some tips to keep in mind:

– Source your ingredients locally and try to use high-quality, fresh ingredients whenever possible.
– The juniper berries are a key ingredient in Gotlandsdricke, so try to source them from a reliable supplier or pick them yourself from a juniper tree.
– Use a mix of barley and rye malt for a grainy and slightly sweet taste.
– Add the dark syrup in the last 10 minutes of the boil to give the beer its dark color and slightly sweet taste.
– Ferment the beer for at least a week, but preferably two, to give the flavors time to develop.
– Drink the beer fresh to enjoy its full flavor and aroma.

In conclusion

Brewing Gotlandsdricke was a fun and exciting experience for us, and we would definitely recommend trying it yourself. The mix of juniper berries, hops, and dark syrup creates a unique and complex flavor profile that’s sure to please any beer enthusiast. And with the help of Gotland’s Wisby Ölverk’s recipe and our tips, you’re sure to brew a tasty batch of Gotlandsdricke in no time. Cheers!


Dustin is a writer about craft beer and a professional brewer in the city of Chicago. He has written for several magazines and has over a decade of experience in the beer industry. He is currently working on a book about the history of beer in Chicago.

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