Archive for May, 2010

Or your beer, your DVD, your book or some other more or less beer related product?

If you want a review, at least send me a sample.

If not, please go away. And don’t be surprised if you don’t get a personal reply.

But, if you are patient, there might be a blog post during the summer: 10 ways you should not use the social media if you don’t want to appear stupid.

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Arrival in Iceland

A short family vacation in Iceland was planned long before the volcano started messing up European air space, and our tickets were booked at a time when planes tended to leave on schedule.

Our tickets were for Friday afternoon, but early in the morning I received a text message saying the flight was cancelled. To make a long story short, we were rescheduled the next day. Arriving at the gate we were informed that we did not have confirmed seats, but luckily this meant an upgrade to business class, meaning that we arrived in style and comfort.

The best way to transfer from the airport to Reykjavik is to stop for an hour or two at the Blue Lagoon, swimming in the leftover water from a geothermal power station. The air was chilly, but the water warm and comforting.

Our hotel room was waiting, with about 60 square meters for a family of four we were very comfortable. One word of advice, though. If you want undisturbed sleep, you should consider accommodation outside the city centre at weekends. The party scene is very lively, and they don’t go to bed until very late!

We were hungry, and my research led us to an upmarket fish and chips shop. The cod and plaice were perfectly cooked to order and the onion rings were crisp. The oven baked potatoes had been in the oven a bit too long, but it was a nice meal without any fuzz when we were all tired. No beer today, that would have to wait.

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I did not know this before I went.  But the most interesting place in Europe to go for truly exotic food, prepared and presented professionally and with a smile must be Reykjavik.

I’m serious.

And there are pale lagers aplenty and mock Oirish pubs, but there are truly fine beers, too. If you know where to go.

And, with the current state of the country’s finances, it is cheap for Norwegians and moderately expensive for others.

More to follow. Much more to follow.

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Mikkeller door

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The major improvement from last year was that there was enough oxygen for people to feel well. At some stage it was almost windy inside, but it is far better to put on a jacket than having to venture outside at regular intervals to avoid a headache. I am pleased that they have a contract for having the festival at the same place next year.

My only real complaint this year is about the food. The options were grilles sausage and grilled sausage. They came with bread or potato salad. 50 Danish kroner for a miserable meal was not a bargain. Additionally there were very long lines to be able to buy food. Sure, you can go to the pizza place down the road, but two years ago there was splendid food to be had. If there are limits to what you can offer in the way of hot food, at least there could be a range of sandwiches?

What else?

Friendly locals, a big thanks to all the volunteers who spent so much of their spare time setting up and rigging down, managing tickets and tokens, doing all the small things you only notice when they don’t work. The Danish Beer Enthusiasts now have the experience of enough festivals to have the necessary routines.

No dates for next year are public yet, but I expect to see you in front of the elephants in May!

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Iron lady

Trying to analyze the British election in the context of beer and pubs is beyond my abilities. Or I’ m too lazy busy.

Almost on topic is this pump clip, which sparked some reactions in CAMRA circles, which should surprise no one.  Sheep shagger is all right, but not a beer in honor of Mrs. T.

Maybe a series of beers named after prime ministers could be a good idea? Some bold and strong, some meek and mild?

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What do you do when you run a beer shop when ther’s a beer festival in town? Have an exclusive beer on tap for a few hours to get the tickers into your shop, of course.

So, that’s what Ølbutikken did.

As it’s run by the brother of Mikkel of Mikkeller fame, it was hardly surprising that it was a Mikkeller beer.  The Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch One-for-One Calvados Barrel Aged with Cherries. No less.

A merry crowd has turned up at ten on Saturday morning, the location being very convenient for those of us that stayed at the Sct Thomas Hotel just around the corner.

The beer? A lovely imperial stout from Mikkeller, strong Calvados aroma, a wee bit on the heavy side for the time of day. On the other hand it was warming on a chilly day. As for the cehrries, they gave a hint of fruit and sweetness, but they had some problems to cope with the rest of the mix.

And the beer I had for breakfast wasn't bad so I had one more for dessert

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