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Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen

As almost shameful as it is to admit in our position – this was our first trip to the Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen (previously known as Copenhagen Beer Celebration, just to slightly confuse matters with your social media hashtags). Regardless – to say we were excited was an understatement. Whilst the beer festival itself was the main event, with so many brewers in town, the city was ripe for tap takeover events and other fun …

Ghost Whale travels to Bruges

Ghost Whale Travels: Bruges

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the cosy embrace of a pub is multiplied infinitely when it’s below zero outside. The act of ducking through the doorway, being hit by a blast of hot, hoppy air and removing your hat, scarf and gloves as you pick out a snug spot and eye up the row of taps – it’s like coming home, no matter where you are. As Bruges hit -1C this New Year, …

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Ghost Whale Travels: Bergen, Norway

Most people know all about Norway’s strict off-license alcohol laws and high levels of taxation. Incredibly – this has in no(r)way deterred some incredible beers coming out of the country’s many craft breweries. Even Bergen airport duty-free is dominated by bottled offerings from Nøgne Ø, 7 Fjell, Kinn, Voss and Haand. I personally can’t recall a similar situation happening in any other airport. So yeah – there’s a distinct contrast between the countries alcohol laws …

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Ghost Whale Travels: Copenhagen, Denmark

Much has been made of Copenhagen’s craft beer scene with the rise and rise of Mikkeller, To Øl (former students of Mikkel Borg Bjergsø no less) and others such as Amager – to the point at which you could write a few books upon their endeavours alone. Alas this whistlestop tour found us in Copenhagen for just two and a half days. Beer tactics had to be employed accordingly….. Top of the list in Copenhagen …

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Ghost Whale Travels: Crete

There are few greater feelings than finding a tiny foreign bar, full of locals and not only overcoming the fear of entering, but having done so, successfully ordering a local brew. The sense of achievement, pride even, knowing that you’ve found a hidden gem and not totally screwed it up or embarrassed yourself is quite unique. Such small victories over the course of a trip can culminate to the belief that you may have scratched …