No international beer festivals for me this year, but there are interesting things happening here in Norway, too.
I won’t go into a full report from the Øl & Mat festival here in Oslo a few weeks ago. I felt it was badly organised, they had a weird system of 2 cl samples which lead to long lines – and most of the announced new beers were absent.
But there are more promising things ahead.
There have for several years been obstacles to my attendance at the Trøndersk Matfestival in Trondheim, which takes place during the last weekend of July. Is seems like I’ll be able to make it this year. The regional micro breweries have usually been around to present their stuff, some of which is very rare stuff.
Then there is a repeat of the Grünerløkka mat- og mikrobryggfestival (meaning food and microbrew) in early September. this is a small laid-back affair where the micro breweries present their stuff, there is good food at moderate prices and a jolly atmosphere.
Finally, the restaurants at posh Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen at the Oslo waterfront will have a beer festival in October. No details as yet.