Where do you go for some great beer, affordable food and friendly service in the Old Town of Stockholm? Brinken opened last summer and has already found a following of locals living and working in the Old Town.
I like the simple interior bringing the northern part of Sweden to mind. An old pair of skis hang from the back wall and ceiling lamps, decorated with reindeer horns, in a room with a vaulted ceiling gives a rustic and welcoming impression.
Whoever runs this establishment has a taste for quality beer. Several different types of craft beer are served on tap and in bottles. One of the interesting beers advertised is the C.M. Dubbel. Fondly named after one of Sweden’s most well-known poets and composers, Carl Michael Bellman, this beer has been brewed in an attempt to replicate a beer from the 18th Century. It has a somewhat smoky flavor typical for a beer of that time, caused when roasting the malt. Dubbel means double in Swedish, indicating that it took a barrel of malt to produce two barrels of beer. This was more costly than the regular brew most people could afford where a barrel of malt was used to make three barrels of beer. Although not rich, Bellman still belonged to the upper echelons of society where a Dubbel beer could be enjoyed along with higher alcohol content.
Great place for a drink and a bite and slightly off the main tourist drag of the Old Town.