Day 7: Bavaria hveteøl (wheat beer). Producer: Haandbryggeriet, Norway Haandbryggeriet have some interesting brews including a cracking Christmas beer. As a big fan of wheat beer I was keen to try this one and it didn’t disappoint. The only negative was that I found it a little too fizzy for my liking – but the taste was good and very refreshing. #grownupbeerdiary
Day 343:Despite last night’s excesses, woke up feeling fine.Did have a bit of a lie-in though, which was welcome.Finished the first translation job on time.A new one came in so got going on that one too.Spent the afternoon on web design for the new site before clocking off.The Beer:Hvit Jul from Nøgne Ø of Grimstad, Norway.So, not all Christmas beers have to be black as night – this is a nice and spicy weiss…
Day 31: In an effort to prepare for next week’s trip to Dubai I woke early and downloaded some guide books.I also carried out a bit of online research on the possibility of flying my drone in the desert, which looks good.We all went into town in the afternoon where I picked up some more respectable clothes for use down there.Yes, I skipped out on the gym.Pizza, beer and a movie – a perfect Saturday night in…The Beer: Wit from Nøgne Ø, Norway
Day 290:All good things must come to an end – even the #wurstadventure.We certainly finished in style.Weissbier and weisswurst for breakfast then a tour of town.The combined team total hit 60 before we left town.Back via Copenhagen – good to be home and celebrated with a beer.The Beer:Kølfogdens Kreklingporter from Røros Bryggeri og Mineralvann Fabrikk of Røros, Norway.This is a smoky but smooth porter with a nice aftertaste. Good to come home too, even at 0130 at night…
Day 29:Another morning spent organising travel, in the end I secured an award redemption with a slightly better route than I had expected.The return leg is in Economy though, so I have to hope that a Business Class seat opens up before April. Yes, I know, if not I can cope with coach…After that was done I finally managed to get to town and get a long overdue haircut :-) The beer. Hefe Weissbier from Erdinger, Germany
Number 379:I’d been up late so was rewarded with a lie in.After breakfast I went to town with Mari Anne.Lunch at a cafe before returning home.Dinner and some more work.Am gradually getting through my Christmas beer stockpile…The Beer:Julebjorr from Gulating Håndverksbrygg and Færder Mikrobryggeri of Strømmen, Norway. Store strength but very good – deep and rich winter warmer.
Day 39:Spent most of the morning working on the biggest video editing job I’ve ever attempted.It will probably end up at about 5 minutes long but it feels like Lawrence of Arabia at times.The storm continued today and I had to clear about 20cm of snow from the drive – slight contrast to last week! Hit the gym this afternoon, which was somewhat tough, to say the least The beer: Norwegian Wood smoked ale from Haandbryggeriet, Norway
Number 390:What a day.Left Key West after breakfast at the Ibis Bay. Guided tour of the Turtle Hospital before biking the Old Seven Mile Bridge.Lunch at the Sunset Grille overlooking said bridge.Checked in to the Ocean Pointe Suites and out for dinner.The Beer:Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery of Boston, USA.An excellent IPA – still not local, but great nonetheless.
Number 396:Another massive snowfall saw me clearing the drive once more this morning.Should be great for skiing for several weeks now, surely.Back to work, nearly done with the Key West article.Knocked a few other posts out too.To the shops then made dinner, relaxed in the evening.The Beer:Konig Ludwig Dunkel from Konig Ludwig Schlossbauerei of Kaltenberg, Germany.Another from Duty-Free, I thought this was a weizen when I bought it but it was a dark lager. Great, though.
Day 13: Another change today; but mostly born out of necessity – time was against me and I need to find a beer for the day after travelling to Helsinki, Finland. As they say, the simplest solution is often the best – so I raided the mini-bar in my hotel room instead of braving the cold. It may not be a craft beer classic, but it’s definitely a bit of a Finnish icon – and in any case all beers are welcome. Let’s here it for Lapin Kulta!
Day 186: Last full day at home before our family summer holiday.Did some work and a lot of packing.The weather forecast for Catalonia looks amazing, so sunshine here we come…But I didn’t forget my commitments – I had my daily beer too. The Beer:La Jumalie from Brasserie Vigneron Brasseur of Montreuil, France #grownupbeerdiary. This was very good – not often I find French craft beer either but it looks as if the craze has hit there too. Salut!
Day 292:Seems like the sudden cold weather did for me in Germany.Was feeling rough today – although I know you don’t get a cold from a cold.I got mine from somewhere, but still managed to work.Knocked out a post from the trip so that was good going.An easy night in after all that effort.The Beer:Bersens Bayer from Røros Bryggeri og Mineralvann Fabrikk of Røros, Norway.A Bayer tonight, and a good one too. Can’t say it’s my favourite beer style, but still fine.
Day 6:Up relatively early to finish the translation job.After that I wanted nothing more than to be a couch potato all day long.That was pretty much what happened, too.Had an early beer – which was amazing – then hit the basement.Binge-watched “Homeland” for the evening.The Beer:Munin Belgian Christmas Quadrupel from Munkebo Mikrobryg of Kerteminde, Denmark.Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. At least so far, this killer beer is going to take some beating…
Day 211:Given the fact that we had a late night we did well to get up at a reasonable hour.I even got plenty work done.Published my Okinawa post and edited video.Took it relatively easy although I did swim too.Enjoyed the sunshine briefly with a cold beer.The Beer: Citra Wit from Ode Mikrobryggeri of Nordre Frogn, Norway.This is another good Norwegian wheat beer – the lemon taste is not too overpowering and adds just the right level of freshness. More please!
Day 276:Given the fact that it was a very late and indulgent night yesterday,I felt somewhat fragile today.I even briefly wondered if I would be capable of my daily beer…Still, staying in bed untl 3.30 p.m helped and by the evening I’d recovered.Made the mother of all chilis for dinner and was back to ‘normal’.Relaxed with a Bond movie – a perfect Saturday night then.The Beer:Amber Ale from Telemark Mikrobryggeri of Skien, Norway.My first beer from this lot and they impressed-a very nice…