Nostalgie – Beveridges for Bear and Beer Lovers

Feb 17th, 2021 | By | Category: Nostalgie

17.2.2021 by Knut in co-operation with Dumba and Mervi. This story was first published 25.2.2011.

Dear friends! I know my cook books have been a great success and you have enjoyed to read them and try all the recipees – maybe with the exception of that of Finnish fries….. Well, a good dinner requires something good to drink with it so I’ve made a little beveridge book, too. In this book I have focused on beers because we bears really love beer. However, there are also a couple of recipees of very special drinks …. enjoy!

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to prosper.” – Said by Benjamin Franklin

Here we go:

Pure Blonde (4.6% ABV) is a light, crisp, aromatic lager that delivers a superior taste. It has been specially brewed longer to produce a beer that is low in carbohydrates. Pure Blonde’s advance brewing techniques and pure ingredients creates a satin smooth finish and it is immensely refreshing served ice cold.


Tosca, Nancy and Katjuscha are convinced that Pure Blonde helps them to keep their furs white and shiny so they always order king size bottles…..I’m not sure if the drink it or bathe in it……


Bear Republic is one of many amazing craft breweries in the United States, specifically in California, which unfortunately never makes its way as far north as Canada. There are many breweries in this scenario, however a good friend of mine had moved to LA, and hasn’t stopped talking about Bear Republic’s Red Rocket and their Racer 5 IPA. So last time he came back to Canada he made sure to represent, and brought with him some Red Rocket Ale; their American Amber.

In Marshall Michigan the Dark Horse Brewery is hard at work producing radical beers like the Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock, Sapient Trip Ale, Scotty Karate Scotch Ale,plus a whole mysterious series of stouts which don’t even list the alcohol percentage. Litterally, it is not even on the bottle and I haven’t been able to find it anywhere.


Guess what I would like to have with me if I suddenly landed on a desert island?

Certain beer styles have their own innate heritage that seems to follow them around everywhere. There are specific countries that are best known for this style or that. So who makes the rich and lush Dragon Stout… Jamaica? Yes, the 7.5%, robust and rich stout called Dragon Stout comes from the heat of the island. This has always been a peculiar stout to me. Its flavor is massively sweet showing barleywine like power, but it is not overly roasty or dry. In fact, it is very sugary showing a deep and lush caramel and brown sugar backbone. The bitterness is there to mellow only a touch and add some balance, but it shows very little hop aroma of flavor.

Do you remember the Robert Simpson Brewery from Barrie Ontario? Yes? No? Well, its irrelevant now, because that brewery has changed its name to The Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery , and not only does the new name reflect a fresh and exciting approach to craft beer, but best of all, their beer does as well! Peter Chiodo, the Chief Executive Shitstirrer, as he so aptly has designated himself, is getting out there testing his beers in the Ontatio market and trying out new recipes to create better, more unique, and more delicious beers.

Brewed with 2-row barley, caramel 60 malt, barley flakes, chocolate malt, bittersweet Belgian chocolate, and shinook and williamette hops. Wait, bittersweet Belgian chocolate? Did I read that properly? YES! For centuries cocoa beans have been used by brewers to impart a bittersweet smooth sensation to their beers, and even today there are still some common examples. However they are not nearly as popular as you would expect. I mean, really, who is not going to like chocolate beer!?


Wow, that chocolate beer really is strong!!! Makes me feel ‘chocolatic’ all over, hihiii…..

Brought to you by the makers of Hoegaarden, a Belgian beer with more life and character than I have ever experienced in a Hoegaarden. De Verboden Vrucht translates to the forbidden fruit, as it is well depicted on the beers label. I ran into this beer accidentally yesterday when out for lunch with friend. The beer menu listed many delicious brews, but this was shown to be one of the last few bottles that they had, and I also hadn’t heard of the beer before.

The guys over at the Victory Brewing Company in Downington, PA are for sure hop heads. If not all of them are, Bill Covaleski, the co-founder and one of the brewmasters, certainly is. Their flagship award winning Hop Devil has won awards year over year, and is one of the beers to introduce true hop flavors to the east coast. But the Hop Devil is a slightly different story. And although the change is only slight, the affect is immense.


One of the most popular beers in Finland is Karhu Olut (Bear Beer). The label gives you some pieces of valuable advice how to behave if you meet a big bear. If you meet bears in 6-pack – just drink them. You can also buy a 12-pack – you just ask for a ‘Dachshund’. Yes, they are called that 🙂

In Finland a beer after the Sauna is a MUST!!


The Stille Nacht is a prestige beer from De Dolle Brouwers, an established Belgian brewery based in Eden. The Stille Nacht is considered a seasonal brew since it is brewed for Christmas. In fact, Stille Nacht means ‘Silent Night’ in English.


Raspi wouldn’t dream of going to bed without a night cap – or two!!

From Brouwerij Huyghe in Melle, Belgium, Delirium Tremens has earned recognition around the world. The particular character and the unique taste of “Delirium Tremens” result from the use of three different kinds of yeast. Its very original packing, which resembles cologne ceramics, and the colourful label contribute to its success. The label depicts the different phases of the production of “Delirium Tremens” the “Pink Elephant” was up and ready to conquer the world.


Polar Bear Cocktail

4 cl Vodka
2 cl Blå Curaçao
A slice of lemon
Lots of ice cubes


Big Bear is the younger brother of the almighty OE800, both are 7.5%, both used to be made by Pabst and both have the same basic flavor, even the labels have some similar patterns. The only drawback is that it seems to give me a headache. I’ve made Big Bear my choice of 40’s to swill while camping, why?……….because it’s strong, cheap, tastes great, and has a “red eyed, hungry ass” bear on the label. The strong alcohol content, great flavor and cool label makes this one of my favorites. Even the final swills don’t promote a God Awfull Facial Cringe.


Herr Fräulein, I’d like to have what he’s having, please! 🙂 – Hmm, maybe you’ve had too many already ….. 🙂

Wolf Pawn

4-6 cl Vodka
Lingonberry lemonade

Pour the vodka in a highball glass with ice. Fill with lingonberry lemonade.


Finnish Fruit Bowl – the recipee by Manasse the Silver Fox

3 liters vodka
Half a lemon

Fill a big bowl with vodka. Add the juice of half a lemon but please, be very careful with the lemon so the fruit flavour won’t be too dominating! No ice because it would make this ‘crocodile’ to loose it’s teeth 🙂


About Berliner Weisse – mit oder ohne Schuss – Source: German Beerguide

These are fantastic beers that I’m sure Belgian beer fans will appreciate. The sour and acidic notes are maybe a little reminiscent of a lambic or gueuze, and the practice of adding fruit syrups to the beer adds to the comparison. The Reinheitsgebot prevented any tradition of adding fruit during the brewing process but Berliners get around this by adding woodruff (Waldmeister) or raspberry (Himbeere) syrup to reduce the sharpness and acidity of the beer — in fact you are almost certain to be asked “rot oder grün” (red or green) when ordering one — but it’s better without syrup. Berliners also tend to drink it through a straw, which is certainly not the way to get the most from a beer. There’s nothing at all clever about adding syrup as the syrup destroys any hint of beer smell or flavour. I tried one with Himbeere (raspberry) and the overwhelming smell and taste of raspberry syrup rendered it as interesting as an alcopop.

In Berlin, you’ll also notice that Berliner Weisse rarely appears on the menu unadulterated. Instead it’ll usually be listed twice: “Berliner Weisse mit Schuss: Himbeere” and “Berliner Weisse mit Schuss: Waldmeister”. This goes to show how unusual the practice of drinking it without syrup is considered. Take no notice, and ignore the waiter’s well-meaning concern that the foreigner, unfamiliar with German ways, is making a mistake. Stick to your guns: ask for a “Berliner Weisse ohne Schuss” and discard the straw.


Last time I visited Berlin I tried to order “Eine Berliner Weisse ohne Schuss, bitte” (without shot). The Kellnerin looked at me with a puzzled expression then said “Rot oder grün?” I said “Nein, ohne Schuss… mit keinem Schuss, bitte”. She nodded, as though she had figured out what I meant, then came back with a glass of Pils. I was too tired to argue. The next night, we found a nice little bar in Prenzlauer Berg, near the Kollwitzplatz, and I tried again. This time, it worked. The Kellnerin still queried it, but I stuck to my guns and said I had tried it before. She gave me one of those looks that says: “OK you weirdo, I doubt you know what you’re ordering, but it’s your funeral” or something like that. Unfortunately, it’s usually served in wide, low, tumblers, broader than they are tall, with a couple of straws, which looks a little daft. Even when you discard the straws, you’re left with something shaped more like a bowl than a glass, which doesn’t help when you’re in a bar trying not to be the hapless tourist. My mission for my next trip to Berlin is to convince someone to serve me a Berliner Weisse without syrup in a Pils glass. That should be fun.

Don’t let the low alcohol content deceive you into thinking that this is a weak-tasting beer. The flavours are intense, refreshing and distinctive, a little like drinking grapefruit juice: sharp, mouth-puckeringly sour, but very cleansing and refreshing. The beer is sometimes known as the Champagne of beer.

As you have noticed there are lots of different kinds of beers in the world but in my opinion there’s nothing that compares to an ice cold Knutsteiner! Don’t you agree?

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  1. Dear Mervi and Dumba
    Well, well this is the first time I have disagreed with you and Knut
    Leaving aside poor BN and his favourite drink: Staropramen beer from the Czech Republic.
    But you also do not explain why Berliner Weisse mit Schuss is so popular. It is the ideal company for massive meat dishes like Eisbein or giant Schnitzels. Waldmeister is not found in the UK so is an extra treat. However, I may give a plain Berliner Weisse a try!

  2. Dear Mervi and Dumba,
    it is a nice story from the “old” times. I do not like beer, but I always be ready for a glass of Knutsteiner,

  3. Dear Mervi and Dumba!
    Wow, you are true experts when it comes to beer, breweries and the different varieties and brewing methods. All respect…
    Thank you for this interesting excursion about the preferences of bears and the different tastes and uses of beer, e.g. for grooming female polar bears. I liked the different bottles and names …
    The collages are wonderful and very funny!
    I had a good laugh about the recipee of Finnish fruit bowl.

    BTW, I’ve never had Berliner Weiße with a shot, but perhaps I’ll try one with woodruff on a hot summer’s day.
    In winter I prefer red wine…


  4. Zum Wohl! Den Bärchen geht’s echt gut.

    Prost und liebe Grüße, Erika

  5. Thank you very much dear Mervi and Dumba.
    Wonderful story.