Day 15:Hmm, not a huge improvement in my ‘arbeidslyst’ today either.Mind you, did get an interesting press trip offer.Nothing confirmed and it will mean changing plans in January.But if it comes through it would be a great start to 2016.Too full at the gym to swim but had a lengthy sauna.The Beer:St. Niklaus from 7 Fjell Bryggeri of Bergen, Norway.Lots of taste and very good for a store beer. Can’t help wondering how great it would be with more alcohol though…

Beer Diary Day Niklaus from 7 Fjell Bryggeri of Bergen, Norway

Day 24:And it’s Christmas Eve – and the end of the Beer Advent Calendar already.Still have loads of Christmas beers to get through though.The homebrew is bubbling away nicely in the cellar by the way.Today’s tasks were basically to catch up on beer diary posts and clear up.With that done, we’re off for Christmas dinner with friends – Happy Christmas, Readers!The Beer:Underlig Jul from Nøgne Ø of Grimstad, Norway.An excellent one for Christmas Eve – lovely rich flavour.

Day 24:And it’s Christmas Eve – and the end of the Beer Advent Calendar already.Still have loads of Christmas beers to get through though.The homebrew is bubbling away nicely in the cellar by the way.Today’s tasks were basically to catch up on beer diary posts and clear up.With that done, we’re off for Christmas dinner with friends – Happy Christmas, Readers!The Beer:Underlig Jul from Nøgne Ø of Grimstad, Norway.An excellent one for Christmas Eve – lovely rich flavour.

Day 21:Monday again.Am in Christmas mode now, so slept in until 1030.That was a little unexpected, to be honest…Then it was time for some shoppingWith that done, back home for one of the beers I picked up.The Beer:Schneeweisse from Erdinger Weissbrau of Erding, Germany.You can’t really go wrong with an Erdinger hefeweizen, and this Christmas edition is no exception – lovely.

Day 21:Monday again.Am in Christmas mode now, so slept in until 1030.That was a little unexpected, to be honest…Then it was time for some shoppingWith that done, back home for one of the beers I picked up.The Beer:Schneeweisse from Erdinger Weissbrau of Erding, Germany.You can’t really go wrong with an Erdinger hefeweizen, and this Christmas edition is no exception – lovely.

Day 10:More work to start the day.Made it to the gym for my 50 lengths in the pool.Then did a beer run and came up trumps.Back to finish the project and make dinner.Took the best of Monday’s tasting beers again tonight – I was right…The Beer:Vellagret Juleøl from Aass of Drammen, Norway.A superb Christmas beer from Norway’s oldest brewery.

Day 10:More work to start the day.Made it to the gym for my 50 lengths in the pool.Then did a beer run and came up trumps.Back to finish the project and make dinner.Took the best of Monday’s tasting beers again tonight – I was right…The Beer:Vellagret Juleøl from Aass of Drammen, Norway.A superb Christmas beer from Norway’s oldest brewery.

Day 14:Another week starts with a bit of a low-energy Monday.Got some stuff done though, just at a slower pace.This being December, it’s probably the calm before the storm…Did make it to the gym for a swim.Grabbed a few extra beers on the way home, including this one.The Beer:Julemanden’s Trøst from Brouwerij Sterkens of Meer, Belgium.There’s a lot going on in this one, a real taste explosion. An excellent way to keep warm this winter.

Day 14:Another week starts with a bit of a low-energy Monday.Got some stuff done though, just at a slower pace.This being December, it’s probably the calm before the storm…Did make it to the gym for a swim.Grabbed a few extra beers on the way home, including this one.The Beer:Julemanden’s Trøst from Brouwerij Sterkens of Meer, Belgium.There’s a lot going on in this one, a real taste explosion. An excellent way to keep warm this winter.

Day 9:Despite last night’s excesses, woke up feeling fine.Did have a bit of a lie-in though, which was welcome.Finished the first translation job on time.A new one came in so got going on that one too.Spent the afternoon on web design for the new site before clocking off.The Beer:Hvit Jul from Nøgne Ø of Grimstad, Norway.So, not all Christmas beers have to be black as night – this is a nice and spicy weiss…

Day 9:Despite last night’s excesses, woke up feeling fine.Did have a bit of a lie-in though, which was welcome.Finished the first translation job on time.A new one came in so got going on that one too.Spent the afternoon on web design for the new site before clocking off.The Beer:Hvit Jul from Nøgne Ø of Grimstad, Norway.So, not all Christmas beers have to be black as night – this is a nice and spicy weiss…

Day 7:Back to the grind.Sent off my completed job then took a lazy day.Well, I did work the weekend after all.Broke it up with a swimming session though.Made dinner then did a little parental taxi driving before beer time.The Beer:Olav den Heldige from Noisom of Fredrikstad, Norway.And yet another cracking Xmas beer – this is as black as night and very tasty.

The Beer:Olav den Heldige from Noisom of Fredrikstad, Norway.And yet another cracking Xmas beer – this is as black as night and very tasty.

Day 2:Started off with working on the blog.Took a break to go beer hunting and scored big.Back to the desk and finished my St. Petersburg article.Made dinner and drove Rebecca to athletics.Opened the second “window” of the Beer Advent Calendar.The Beer:Juleøl from Reins Kloster of Rissa, Norway.Even better than yesterday’s – this is a classic (albeit organic) Christmas ale.

Day 2:Started off with working on the blog.Took a break to go beer hunting and scored big.Back to the desk and finished my St. Petersburg article.Made dinner and drove Rebecca to athletics.Opened the second “window” of the Beer Advent Calendar.The Beer:Juleøl from Reins Kloster of Rissa, Norway.Even better than yesterday’s – this is a classic (albeit organic) Christmas ale.

Day 1:Ploughed through a lot of work today.Spinning at the gym in the morning.Enlivened by the fire alarm going off while I was in the sauna…Back to work.It’s December 1, so the Beer Advent Calendar is open!The Beer:Julebrygg from Ægir Bryggeri of Flåm, Norway.A great start to the Christmas beer season – plummy with raisins :-)

Beer Diary Day Julebrygg from Ægir Bryggeri of Flåm, Norway

Day 23:Today I had something different planned.Did a bit of work and then it was time to homebrew.Having finally invested in the equipment, I needed to get going.Took me a bit longer than planned but it’ll get easier with practice.First man out is an IPA – will be exciting to see if it works…The Beer:Juleøl from Telemark Mikrobryggeri of Skien, Norway.This was a nice surprise – a lovely coffee aftertaste from this kicking Christmas beer.

Beer Diary Day Juleøl from Telemark Mikrobryggeri of Skien, Norway

Day 18:Rounded off the week with a good day.Signed the contract for the Florida Keys press trip in January.Need the flight tickets sorted before I am completely convinced it’s happening though.Wrote some blog posts and then did a big booze shop for Christmas.Picked up some beers too, including a possible beer 365 to finish the year.The Beer:Jule Avec from Berentsens Brygghus of Egersund, Norway.Excellent, flavoursome Xmas beer – one of the best in 2015.

Beer Diary Day Avec from Berentsens Brygghus of Egersund, Norway

Day 17:More productive today.Looks like the press trip in January is a go, so that’s great news.Started a hotel review post before breaking for a swim.Back to plan the Christmas food shop and complete the review.Dinner then relaxed in the evening.The Beer:Hod Julebrygg from Ægir Bryggeri of Flåm, Norway.Surprisingly light (in colour) and needed more of a punch, but still a good store Xmas beer.

Beer Diary Day Julebrygg from Ægir Bryggeri of Flåm, Norway

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