Monthly Archives: November 2013

Visiting Calem in Porto

Porto Cálem was founded in 1859 by António Alves Cálem. In 1859 Cálem was dedicated to export wine to Brazil and importing exotic wood from Brazil using its own fleet. Porto Cálem stayed a family business for four generations before it became a part of Sogevinus in 1998, a group of port wine producers, Kopke, Barros, Burmester and Cálem.

GS6A1787Cálem is located just across the street from the Douro river in Vila de Nova Gaia.

GS6A1788The big vats used for ruby and the smaller casks for tawnys.

GS6A1789Vats containing Colheita wines, in front a year 2009.


Tucher – Helles Hefe Weissen

GS6A1950Tucher brewery is located in Nürnberg, Germany. The brewery produced beer for the hospitals since 1643, but the official founding date for the brewery is 1672. In 1806 the brewery became a royal Bayern brewery as the King bought it. It was sold off to in 1855 to the Dr.-Lorenz-Tucher-Stiftung. It was renamed to Tucher in 1985 and is today since 2004 owned by the Oetker group.

I bought this beer at Vinmonopolet in Oslo, Norway, which explains the price of 4,5 Euro for a 330 ml bottle at 5,2%.

The colour is a regular yellow unfiltered beer.

The head is rather small and settles quickly into a very thin layer.

The aroma comes off with a sweet fruit to it that is very inviting.

Heavy CO2 with a quick fruit taste, it fades almost as fast as you can drink it, there is still a slight after taste, but more along the lines of yeast than fruit.

Overall rating 70 / 100

Indslev bryggeri – Flora Wit

GS6A1933Indslev brewery was established in 1897 by Frederik Christian Rasmussen. At some point the brewery was closed down, but in 2005 restored to former glory with brand new production equipment. The re-opening was made possible by Anders Busse Rasmussen, grand grand nephew of Frederik Christian Rasmussen.

There is a lot of sediment in the bottle.

The head is big and rough. It will quickly disperse to a thin fine layer.

The colour resembles the flora name with its orange colour with a rosé glow.

The aroma is a sweet fruit and flowery one.

A bubbly sensation with a little bitterness of flowers over it, the after taste continues with a tone of the flowers from the taste.

A wit brewed without  orange peels and coriander. Instead it is spiced with rose and hibiscus. A interesting take on the Belgian wit.

Overall rating 81 /100