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Sake at Nodee

Sake at Nodee

What is a beer? Well, it’s fermented grain, isn’t it? Usually barley, usually hops, but if you’re not too obsessed with the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot, it’s the cereal that’s at the core. From grapes you get wine, from grain you get beer.

One avenue to explore is then to look at the varieties that don’t use malted barley as their starting point. Some go for historical recreations, studying Middle Age manuscripts or stone tablets in the Middle East. There are brews with millet, sorghum and all the old types of wheat you can imagine.

But then there is a major type of beverage that is, technically, a beer, even if you have to be a beer nerd to consider it.


To have a range of sake in Oslo, you’ll have to find one of the upmarket Japanese restaurants. Alex Sushi has lots of Chablis, but only two brands of sake.

I went with my family to Nodee recently. They have some special imports, covering a range of styles, flavours (and prices).

The food is divine, but if you order sushi a la carte, it is expensive. Try one of the pan-Asian set menus, starting off with sushi and sashimi. Splendid value.

I don’t have the knowledge to suggest any sake for you, but I am sure the polite and observant staff can help you out.

Table reservation recommended. And it’s right across the street from the Frognerbadet public pool if you want to work up an appetite.

Thats just for starters

That's just for starters

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A different brew

One type of beverage I haven’t covered on my blog is sake, the Japanese fermented rice brew. Technically, this is a beer. It is made by fermenting a cereal, isn’t it?

Well, I have not gone deeper into the nuances of sake, but you don’t have to go to Japan to try them out. thisislondon.co.uk has a feature on the best saki (?) bars in London. One of them even lets you buy a sampler, letting you taste six varieties if there are two of you.

Wikipedia has more on sake if you’re interested.

And if you are looking for cider, it seems like the Green Man is your place.

I’d rather have a pint of bitter, please.

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Nøgne ø

Nøgne ø bottlesNorwegian star brewers Nøgne ø seem to be doing very well, and they are now expanding their capacity by 50%. They are also looking for an agent in Japan. They are not able to confirm that they deliver beer to the Norwegian Royal Palace, but neither do they deny it. Maybe an Imperial Stout for the Emperor of Japan next?

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Ji-biru in the LA Times

The Los Angeles Times has an article on Japanese craft beer that you might enjoy.

And if you think beer blogging is a peculiar niche, they directed me to a guy who blogs about noodle soup. Rickmond Wong is the Rameniac.

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For those of us who follow the online beer community, it comes as no surprise that there is an interesting beer scene in Japan. Lars Marius has blogged about this, and there have been several travel reports on ratebeer recently as well.

Time has come for the mainstream media to cover this as well, and naturally it is the New York Times that covers Japanese speciality beers in an illustrated article.

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