Archive for February 21st, 2009

The best in Norway

The Norwegian beer drinkers organisation NORØL is not very active, though they publish a magazine and has a fine electronic newsletter.

They recently published the result of their annual beer poll – percentages in parenthesis.

Best new Norwegian beer:

Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon 2nd Edition  (15,8)
Nøgne Ø Dobbel IPA   (9,8)
Haandbryggeriet Haandbakk (9,2)
Aass Bryggeri Juleøl Premium (6,7)

Brewery of the year:

Nøgne Ø (42,9)
Haandbryggeriet (23,3)
Aass (10,8)

Brewpub of the year:

Ægir Bryggeri (36,3)
Oslo Mikrobryggeri (23,8)
Trondhjem Mikrobryggeri (16,3 )

Best imported beer:

Raasted Imperial Stout (11,3)
Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast  (9,4)
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter (7,5)
Rochefort 10 (7,5)

As you see, the craft beers are dominating the scene, which is really encouraging. Now, if I could find an excuse for getting to the Ægir brewery on the West coast…

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On pub-going politicians

A (British) Home Office minister who wants stringent measures that will cost the trade millions of pounds of can’t remember the last time he was in a pub, according to the Publican.

Not surprisingly, he is scalded by the pub trade:

“So the man who can’t remember the last time he was in a pub, thinks he knows more than the trade about why pubs are closing and why this code is necessary. ”

Around here, being in a regular in a pub is not seen as a mark of quality for any politician. It is rather the opposite, most alcohol debates are dominated by members of the temperance (or rather, abstinence) movement – and they are to be found in most parties. Some of them would probably boast never having been in a pub.

And there is no decent watering hole, let alone cask ale, in our parliament, either, surely a necessary condition to be considered an advanced civilization.

I think it all started with Martin Luther.

We all need Courage

We all need Courage

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