Anyway, it seems the beer market in Budapest is pretty big,
despite it having a relatively small population. Like so many European craft
breweries, First produces international styles, including ‘all the usual
suspects' – on tap here were a Pils made in collaboration with a Czech brewer, two
IPAs, a Fruit Sour and an unctuous dessert Stout.
Their 5.6% Voodoo IPA (how long before the New Belgium lawyers come calling, I wonder?) was relatively mild, hoppy-bitter and sweet – too sweet for my liking, but as the server explained, Hungary has always been Eurolager country, so drinkers there have quite a sweet tooth.
|Fruit Locker's actually pink, but the lighting
in the venue is utterly weird so you can't tell!
Apparently, most of the brewery staff are home brewers. They
are all able to contribute ideas, too, so the idea for the rich and dark
Dessert Storm – another 9%er – came from "one of the guys on the canning
line." Fully in the modern pastry stout tradition, it's like Tiramisu in a
glass – creamy and sticky-sweet, with notes of coffee and chocolate syrup. The
best of the bunch? Maybe, but the Fruit Locker is in there too.