The 1000 Beer Challenge - Grown-up Travel Guide Beer Diary

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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!

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!

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 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 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…

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…

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…

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…

Number 373:Bottling day at last!Had a few errands to run first but then it was beer, beer.My first batch (a strong IPA) is looking good.Was a bit of a struggle to siphon it over and there was quite a lot of sediment causing blockages.But in the end I had 25 bottles – so next week it’s tasting time!The Beer:Nissebrygg from Haandbryggeriet of Drammen, Norway.Very nice one this – hard to guess the relatively low alcohol level too.

Number 373:Bottling day at last!Had a few errands to run first but then it was beer, beer.My first batch (a strong IPA) is looking good.Was a bit of a struggle to siphon it over and there was quite a lot of sediment causing blockages.But in the end I had 25 bottles – so next week it’s tasting time!The Beer:Nissebrygg from Haandbryggeriet of Drammen, Norway.Very nice one this – hard to guess the relatively low alcohol level too.

Number 373:Bottling day at last!Had a few errands to run first but then it was beer, beer,My first batch (a strong IPA) is looking good.Was a bit of a struggle to siphon it over and there was quite a lot of sediment causing blockages.But in the end I had 25 bottles – so next week it’s tasting time!The Beer:Nissebrygg from Haandbryggeriet of Drammen, Norway.Very nice one this – hard to guess the relatively low alcohol level too.

Number 373:Bottling day at last!Had a few errands to run first but then it was beer, beer,My first batch (a strong IPA) is looking good.Was a bit of a struggle to siphon it over and there was quite a lot of sediment causing blockages.But in the end I had 25 bottles – so next week it’s tasting time!The Beer:Nissebrygg from Haandbryggeriet of Drammen, Norway.Very nice one this – hard to guess the relatively low alcohol level too.

Number 398:Saturday!Had a bit of a lie in before breakfast.Cleared up a bit then span at the gym.Out to dinner chez Bodil and Bernt.A great time was had by all, including homebrew tasting.The Beer:Devil’s Apron from Klostergården of Tautra, Norway.Black as night and tasty as hell. Flavoured with sea salt and other goodness, this is another instant classic.

Number 398:Saturday!Had a bit of a lie in before breakfast.Cleared up a bit then span at the gym.Out to dinner chez Bodil and Bernt.A great time was had by all, including homebrew tasting.The Beer:Devil’s Apron from Klostergården of Tautra, Norway.Black as night and tasty as hell. Flavoured with sea salt and other goodness, this is another instant classic.

Number 396:Another massive snowfall saw me clearing the drive once more this morning.Should be great for skiing for several weeks now, surely.Back to work, nearly done with the Key West article.Knocked a few other posts out too.To the shops then made dinner, relaxed in the evening.The Beer:Konig Ludwig Dunkel from Konig Ludwig Schlossbauerei of Kaltenberg, Germany.Another from Duty-Free, I thought this was a weizen when I bought it but it was a dark lager. Great, though.

Number 396:Another massive snowfall saw me clearing the drive once more this morning.Should be great for skiing for several weeks now, surely.Back to work, nearly done with the Key West article.Knocked a few other posts out too.To the shops then made dinner, relaxed in the evening.The Beer:Konig Ludwig Dunkel from Konig Ludwig Schlossbauerei of Kaltenberg, Germany.Another from Duty-Free, I thought this was a weizen when I bought it but it was a dark lager. Great, though.

Number 395:Back at home and back to work.Straight into it, working on a Key West post.We have a LOT of snow, so I spent some time clearing the drive.That had to count as exercise as I didn’t make it to the gym.Seem to have coped well with the time difference this time.The Beer:Two Captains from Nøgne Ø of Grimstad, Norway Alcohol content: 8.5%.Picked a few beers up at Duty Free on my way home. This is an excellent IPA, very similar to mine.

Number 395:Back at home and back to work.Straight into it, working on a Key West post.We have a LOT of snow, so I spent some time clearing the drive.That had to count as exercise as I didn’t make it to the gym.Seem to have coped well with the time difference this time.The Beer:Two Captains from Nøgne Ø of Grimstad, Norway Alcohol content: 8.5%.Picked a few beers up at Duty Free on my way home. This is an excellent IPA, very similar to mine.

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 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…

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