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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Spruce Springsteen (Bergenhus)

I'm writing this post in Bergen listening to the rain, James Brown, and a chattering child. I'm watching the passersby briskly walking with their umbrellas around the Bergen Havn. Some are ducking into the modern fish market. I'm above the commotion at the Bryggeriet Mikrobryggeri looking into the harbor.

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: This spruce-bittered APA was golden with a white bubbly head that dissipates. It smelled like biscuit malt or some sort of pale malt. It's woody... It's bittered with spruce after all!

Taste: It's malty balanced with a woody dryness. It sits well on the tongue. It makes me want an herbaceous cheese.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Why Norway?

When I tell people that I'm headed to Norway for a much-needed vacation, I often get the response, "Why Norway?" Why not?

Why wouldn't you want to visit a country with imposing and majestic fjords, green landscape, and blue skies? Why wouldn't you want to eat fresh, local, natural foods straight from the seas, farms, or kitchens? Why wouldn't you want to see collections of gamle (old) structures perfectly preserved and learn about an ancient way of life? Why wouldn't you want to be surrounded by tradition, culture, and respect for land and others?

People say you can get this other places, but why not Norway?

I think this picture is enough to answer the question though:

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Let's Misbeehave

Misbeehavin' Meads
65 Franklin Street | Valparaiso, IN 46383

Every time I think of this spot, I think of Elvis Costello singing Cole Porter's Let's Misbehave. (YouTube) So that's enough to put a smile on my face. But of course there is more to keep that smile on my silly mug.

mead /mēd/: An alcoholic drink of fermented honey and water. Old English me(o)du, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch mee and German Met, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit madhu 'sweet drink, honey' and Greek methu 'wine'.–Oxford Dictionaries