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As well as blogging, I also hang around various other beer sites. In Scandinavia, we tend to go for RateBeer rather than Beer Advocate, and I am approaching Norwegian beer rating number 1000 on RB. I am not much of a ticker any more, but I enjoy following the Norwegian scene.

There are new beers every week now, and I do not pay good money for beers from breweries that tend to let me down. So I could have reached this milestone before.

But which one to pick for the big number?

It could have been a beer from one of the forerunners of the Norwegian craft scene. Nøgne Ø, Haandbryggeriet, Ægir, Kinn or Lervig. One of the stars rapidly building a name like Austmann, Voss or Lindheim. A beer from one of my favourite brewpubs, Trondhjems Mikrobryggeri, Crowbar or Schouskjelleren.

But I picked Fjellbryggeriet Lun, a brown ale from a newcomer. They have made things even more difficult by going for the supermarket segment, staying below 4.7% ABV.

Lovely notes of roasted grain. Nuts, malt, coffee and chocolate. Clean and elegant. A most impressive beer from a new kid on the block. Well, they are new as commercial brewers. But their home page tells the story – 13 years as home brewers. So this is probably more than just beginner’s luck…

And located in the middle of the moutnains of Southern Norway, they also  fill in one of the blanks of the Norwegian beer map.

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ratebeer has announced its annual list of the best beers in the world. There are lots of things to say about such a list, but it is certainly not much of use to take along when you go beer shopping. Elusive and extreme seem to be the common denominator for most of the top 100.

But sure, if you are seriously interested in beer, all the brews on this list are worth trying and worth seeking out – to the extent it is physically possible.

But there is more to ratebeer than the top 100. This is a database with thousands of contributors, giving a comprehensive overview of the global beer scene. You can use it to find good beers that are widely distributed, beers available in a given market – where you live or where you go to work or play. It is the best international overview available. And if more of us give an input, it will grow even better.

I won’t go into the ratebeer/BeerAdvocate rivalry – for the record I am very pleased with the BA paper magazine. ratebeer is more comprehensive in its coverage of Europe, with more active members reporting on beers, breweries and bars, so this is where I tend both to give my input and look for information. And it turns out there are drinking mates to be found around the world through this online community as well, a very welcome bonus.

 

Not in the top 100, but a seasonal photo..

Not in the top 100, but a seasonal photo..

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