Scan Magazine, Issue 113, June 2018

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Scan Magazine  |  Beer Profile of the Month  |  Denmark

Schackenborg craft beer comes in five variations: Classic Pilsner, Red and Dark Lager, Double Bock, and Imperial Stout.

Beer Profile of the Month, Denmark

A beer with a royal taste Created as a tribute to the beautiful Schackenborg Castle, Schackenborg craft beer reflects its home’s historic importance, modern ideals and international influence. As most Danes know, Schackenborg Castle was for many years the home of the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Joachim, and the five Schackenborg craft beers present an exclusive taste experience to match their origin. By Signe Hansen  |  Photos: De 5 Gaarde

Schackenborg craft beer is part of De 5 Gaarde, five beautiful manor houses tucked away in the rolling hills of Jutland and Funen. In 2001, the farms banded together in order to combine traditional, ethical farming with modern agricultural expertise. Two of the five farms’ most valued outputs are wheat and barley, and hence it was natural that beer should also become part of the production early on. However, with the new Schackenborg craft beer produced by the Danish microbrewery Braunstein, the bar has been raised another notch. General manager of De 5 Gaarde, Claus Hviid, explains: “We get a lot of fun and tasty stuff out of our grain and have been producing beer on ingredients from De 5 Gaarde for 94  |  Issue 113  |  June 2018

many years. But with our Schackenborg craft beer, we wanted to create a truly exclusive taste experience. The beer is produced in very small quantities, and that gives our brewer the chance to really refine the different taste combinations.”

Dark Lager, Double Bock, and Imperial Stout. The beer is sold in either small 33-centilitre bottles or large 75-centilitre bottles ideal for sharing or gifting to a lucky friend. The different tastes combine flavours of subtly burnt, sweet malt, crisp rye and slightly bitter hops. “With some of them, especially the classic Pilsner and Red Lager, the balance of bitterness and softness makes them perfect for the traditional Danish lunch table,” says Hviid and rounds off: “You definitely don’t have to be a beer connoisseur to enjoy them; their subtle flavours make them very enjoyable for everyone.”

Producing everything from mustard to poultry, De 5 Gaarde are certified by GLOBALG.A.P., the worldwide organisation that sets standards for safe and sustainable farming.

Not just for connoisseurs Due to its small production quantities, Schackenborg craft beer is only sold in specialty stores and restaurants. It comes in five variations: Classic Pilsner, Red and


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