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Number 397:Woke up to yet another huge snowfall.Out to clear it then back in to work.Finally finished the 4000 word epic Key West post.Caught up with some correspondence then hit the gym.That was not easy, but felt good.The Beer:Erdinger Pikantus from Erdinger Weissbrau of Erding, Germany.Now this WAS a weizenbock. And boy, what a great beer – seek it out!

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Number 378:Brewday again!But first I completed the South African post.Then of to town to pick up the malt and yeast.Looks like a great 19 litres of Baltic Porter.Cleaned up and did some accounts work.The Beer:Lervigs Jul from Lervig Aktiebryggeri of Stavanger, Norway.Back to the more traditional Christmas beer style – this is great, too…

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Number 374:A late start after a busy bottling day.I had also been to the gym for a spinning session which tired me out nicely.Up for breakfast and some clearing up then a megashop.Spinning again then home to make my speciality tacos.Found a beer that is one of the styles I brewed, hope it turns out similar!The Beer:Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij der Trappist van Westmalle of Malle, Belgium.Somewhat of a contrast to yesterday’s mild ale – a whopping 9.5% that you can feel. Great…

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Number 383:Start of a new week – and bottling day.Got everything set up and began the process.Practice does indeed make (nearly) perfect and it was much easier this time.Bottled two full batches then cleared up.Spinning at the gym in the evening then the last of my Xmas beers…The Beer:Stille Natt from Austmann Bryggeri of Trondheim, Norway.This has become an annual classic and the 2015 version is as wonderful as expected. Nice and spicy.

Number 394:Nearly home.Slept maybe 20 minutes on the trans-Atlantic flight.Went okay, though, and made it through Paris to Amsterdam.Just hope my bag gets home too…Grabbed a final beer at the Dutch airport before flying to Trondheim.The Beer:Dubbelbock from Koninklijke Brand Bierbrouwerij of Limburg, the Netherlands.Glad I found somewhere without just Heineken at Schiphol – this was great.

Number 393:Time to leave the Keys.Had a final great breakfast at Mrs Mac’s. Also stopped off at Key Largo Chocolates, which was nice.Then to the airport.Killed time in the lounge before my first flight.The Beer:Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery of Pottsville, USA.Wasn’t expecting much from this but it was actually very good. That’ll teach me to be cynical…

Number 392:Today the weather disrupted out itinerary again.It was too windy to kayak so we went to an aquarium instead and fed sharks.Stopped off at Robbies where some Bloodline scenes were shot – nice!Back to the hotel to change and rest.Tour of the Florida Kets Brewing Co and dinner at Marker 88.The Beer:Hop Gun from Funky Buddha Brewery of Oakland Park, USA.Another good IPA from Florida, if not the Keys.

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Number 390:What a day.Left Key West after breakfast at the Ibis Bay. Guided tour of the Turtle Hospital before biking the Old Seven Mile Bridge.Lunch at the Sunset Grille overlooking said bridge.Checked in to the Ocean Pointe Suites and out for dinner.The Beer:Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery of Boston, USA.An excellent IPA – still not local, but great nonetheless.

Number 389:First full day in Key West.After a huge breakfast featuring Key Lime Pie, we had free time.Took a tour of the Hemingway Home and then hit Duval Street.Passed a sign for craft beer and couldn’t resist.Found a great bar and some good beers.The Beer:Ebel’s Weiss from Two Brothers Brewing Company of Warrenville, Illinois.A good weizen to start my run of beers in Florida.