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Brew Masters on TV

Discovery Channel Norway is airing the first episode of Brew Masters tonight at 22.30. I think their schedule is the same in Sweden, I don’t know about Denmark.

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Sons of Norway

If you ever find yourself in Duluth, Minnesota, the New York Times has some advice. Not on how to find long lost relatives of Scandinavian ancestry, but I’ve been told they are easy to find in the area. No, as this is a beer blog, I would like to recommend their article on a beer route from Duluth to Ashland, Wisconsin, covering 70 miles and four micro breweries.

There is a note in the article that Minnesota breweries cannot sell growlers to go on Sundays. Their Norwegian heritage lives on. Just let’s hope the natives are not all like in Fargo.

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An oval Christmas

I was very pleased when Alan picked one of my photos for a prize in his Yuletide competition.  The notification from the post office came a week or so ago, but I was too busy to pick it up before Saturday. Inside the box was not one, but two shirts. One of the short-sleeved collared kind, one a t-shirt. For the time being, I can wear them proudly at home, when this particularly cold winter loses its grip, I will wear them outside. Not for work, perhaps, but for all types of recreation.

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Old (or, actually, new)

The builders are busy, setting up the new Amundsen brewpub in  central Oslo. If this place will look like a million other British or Irish styled pubs, there is a reason.The reason is called Andy Thornton. There are books to be bought payable per foot, there are new enamel signs made to look like old ones.

It’s not like I’ve suddenly become a preacher against capitalism. But I have some mixed feelings – maybe more modern steel and glass furniture is more honest than a container full og fake antiques?  

Right now it looks like a mess, but it will open on 17 February. That is the positive side of using a company like this – they know how to get the job done on time.

Will there be any of their own brews ready for the opening? I don’t know – but I will let you know!

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One of the best beer bars I have ever visited is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer – with a beer cruise!

Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa, also known as the Football Pub, in Rome is organizing what will probably be the beer event in Europe this year. The ship sails from Rome to Barcelona on Saturday 11 June, returning on the 14th. It will stay in Barcelona from Sunday afternoon until Monday evening, and there will be beer events in town, but, if you ask me, the big attractions will be at sea. The list of breweries is like a Who’s who:

  • Amiata (Italy)
  • Barley (Italy)
  •  Beer Here/Bierwerk (Denmark),
  •  Bi-Du (Italy)
  • Birrificio Italiano (Italy)
  • Brouwerij De Molen (The Netherlands)
  • Birrificio Ducato (Italy)
  • Brasserie Cantillon (Belgium)
  • De Dolle Brewers (Belgium)
  • Brasserie De La Senne (Belgium),
  • Del Borgo (Italy),
  • Evil Twin Brewing (Denmark),
  • Extraomnes (Italy),
  • Fanø Bryghus  (Denmark),
  • Freigeist Bierkultur (Germany)
  • Gaenstaller Braeu (Germany)
  • Grassroots Brewing (Denmark)
  • Hill Farmstead (USA)
  • Kissmeyer Brewing (Denmark)
  • Lervig (Mike Murphy) (Norway)
  • Loverbeer (Italy)
  • Montegioco (Italy)
  • Olmaia (Italy),
  • Orso Verde (Italy)
  • Birrificio Pasturana (Italy)
  • Rurale (Italy)
  • Steel City Brewing (England)
  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales (USA)
  • Toccalmatto (Italy)
  • Troll (Italy)

Many of the brewers will be on board, presenting  their own beers. Many of the breweries will be presenting beers created just and specifically for this event.

Booking from February 13.

I have no idea about the price. But I know if I didn’t have family obligations, I would be on board.

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