2015 Beer Advent Calendar
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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.
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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.
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Day 22:Last full shopping day before Christmas.Up quite late again but soon out to do the food shop.Got almost everything, booze included.Back home to relax a bit.Then it was time for the traditional Christmas film – Die Hard.The Beer:Ylir from Ægir Bryggeri of Flåm, Norway.Ægir deliver the goods once again with a very nice Christmas beer; another winner.
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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.
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Day 20:Ahh, the Sunday lie-in.An essential part of the week and we made the most of it.Up for breakfast then cleared up a bit.Started planning my home brewing kit…Off for an early Christmas dinner with friends – a great end to the weekend.The Beer:Jol from Amundsen Bryggeri of Oslo, Norway.I found this a little thin, but it has a good flavour that grows on you.
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Day 19:We had major plans for this Saturday.Still had a relaxing start but then we were off to town.Did most of our Christmas food shop at the farmers’ market and Mathallen.Stopped for a coffee break then did a few more errands.Finished by picking up our Xmas tree and returning home…The Beer:Julebokk 2015 from Ringnes of Oslo, Norway.This was one of the best at the beer tasting earlier this month; even better as the first beer of the day, too.
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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.
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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.
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Day 16. Worked on the blog and then off to the gym for a spin.Restocked with beer (oh, and food for the household) on way home.Began a hotel review and enjoyed this glass of Xmas cheer…The Beer:Jule Stenøl from Thisted Bryghus of Thisted, Denmark.This was very good; after a few store ales it’s definitely nice to have that high alcohol content in a Christmas beer.
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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…
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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.
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Day 13:Sunday – that called for a late start.We actually indulged with coffee in bed…Cleared up after last night then off to friends for a birthday celebration.Major quantities of cake later, returned home.Caught up with ‘Deutschland 83’ in the evening.The Beer:Juleøl from Storm Brygghus of Hitra, Norway.Storm is a new brewery for me, a local one too from Hitra. Good Christmas beer, especially for a store one.
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Day 12:Not really the usual Saturday morning chez Higgs.Instead of a lazy lie-in, both Mari Anne and I went to the gym.Struggled through spinning and sweated it out in the sauna.Then to town for the Christmas market.Guests for dinner in the evening – all good fun.The Beer:Julefnug from Thisted Bryghus of Thisted, Denmark.Nice flavour but could have done with a bit more of a kick. Tasted less than its 5.8%.
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Day 11:The rest of the family had to get up crazily early so I let them get to it.Stumbled out of bed at 9.Did some blog work then off to the gym.1.25 km two days in a row – can’t be bad.Back for a night in and a beer or two.The Beer:Red Christmas Ale from Jacobsen of Copenhagen, Denmark.Now this was way above expectations – an excellent amber ale from a regular supermarket.
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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.
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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…
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Day 8:Another busy day.Two new projects came in and I got stuck in.Did take a spinning break at the gym late morning though.Finished most of the main translation work in time for a night out.Our local beer club had its Christmas beer tasting which I made the most of…The Beer:Christmas Surprise 2015 from Trondheim Mikrobryggeri of Trondheim, Norway.Killed a half hour in town with this pleasantly spicy companion.
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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.
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Day 6:Up relatively early to finish the translation job.After that I wanted nothing more than to be a couch potato all day long.That was pretty much what happened, too.Had an early beer – which was amazing – then hit the basement.Binge-watched “Homeland” for the evening.The Beer:Munin Belgian Christmas Quadrupel from Munkebo Mikrobryg of Kerteminde, Denmark.Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. At least so far, this killer beer is going to take some beating…
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Day 5:A bit of a lie-in as it’s Saturday.Did a little work after breakfast before heading out into the storm.There was worse to come so it was time to take in the trampoline.Made it to spinning at the gym, against expectations.Out in the evening after another Xmas brew.The Beer:Lade Gaards Brygghus Juleøl from Grans Bryggeri of Sandefjord, Norway.For a store beer, this is very good – a flavoursome winter warmer.
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Day 4:The end of the week at last.Another big translation job for the weekend – made a start though.On to blog work and some emailing.Did a shopping run then settled into the sofa.Had a fab Christmas beer to kick-start the weekend.The Beer:Special Holiday Ale from Nøgne Ø of Grimstad, Norway.And so it continues – an even better one again today. This is a near-perfect winter beer with quite a punch.
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Day 3:It was a translation day today.Well, translation and cleaning – finally did my bit around the house.That felt good as it has been too long and gave Mari Anne a nice surprise after work.After dinner she made gingerbread which we paired with wine…It was also great with a Christmas beer, naturally.The Beer:Juleøl from Austmann of Trondheim, Norway.The bar is raised again – another superb Christmas beer from a regular store!
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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.
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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 :-)