Besides Akkurat, with its helpful staff and wide selection, Stockholm never used to offer beer buffs much of a beer culture to write home about. Times have changed, though, and Stockholmers no longer have to settle for run-of-the-mill pilsner imports. With more and more microbreweries in Stockholm opening every day, it’s no longer a stretch of the imagination to expect the beer on your table to be as local as the veggies are.
As with many other trends, Sweden isn’t lagging behind in the microbrewery category. The website Sveriges Mikrobryggerier (Sweden’s Microbreweries) lists nearly 160 microbreweries throughout the country, including a number of “contract brewers” who make their own beer without necessarily owning a brewery. According to the site, there are currently 39 microbreweries in Stockholm alone.
The most talked about brewery right now is one of the newer ones: Nya Carnegiebryggeriet in Hammarby Sjöstad. It was founded in 2014 as a joint effort between Carlsberg and Brooklyn Brewery. The idea here is to craft classic beers with a modern twist. If you’re in the mood for a cold one, check out the selections of beers: Amber (amber ale), Kellerbier (yes, a kellerbier), Primus Lux (strong dark ale), J.A.C.K (pale ale), Lumen in Tenebris (dark and spicy saison), Ljusslingan (modern schwarzbier), and Soleil (session saison). The brewery also has a lunch and dinner restaurant on site where you can grab some late-night grub to go with your suds until midnight every Tuesday through Saturday.
Situated on the island of Adelsö, Adelsö Bryggeri is another noteworthy brewery where you’ll find three in-house seasonal beers: Chicken Race (in the spring), Adelsö Lazy Afternoon (in the summer), and Adelsö Red House Ale (in the winter). The brewhouse is in the same building as the island’s country store, which is located near Hovgården (a world heritage site). Adelsö Bryggeri collaborates with Pannrummet, an event center that can seat up to 100 beer fanatics.
In 2014, Fredrik Tunedal founded PangPang Brewery in Hökarängen. It’s located inside a former bakery, and the brewing process here is deliberately intricate and slow. The hand-bottled and hand-labeled products are often unfiltered and unpasteurized. Aesthetics here are the cornerstone of the business, which becomes evident as soon as you lay eyes on PangPang’s uniquely punk-inspired and creatively designed labels.
Note: All of the brews mentioned can be hard to come by at your local liquor store, but they can all be custom ordered.