Klara travels to Scandinavia for Ghost Whale.

GHOST WHALE TRAVELS: SCANDINAVIA

On arrival in Stockholm, I noticed a huge, white domed building, like a giant golf ball, looming at the edge of the city. Intrigued, I looked it up and discovered that it’s the Ericsson Globe, home of the Swedish national ice-hockey team, and one-time host to the Spice Girls on tour. But more interestingly, this building represents the Sun in the Sweden Solar System – “the world’s largest permanent scale model of the Solar System” …

Ghost Whale Travels New York

Ghost Whale Travels: New York

First up: massive confession time. This was my first time in New York City since becoming a disciple of Craft. Ergo, I was very excited by the possibilities of what I might get to drink whilst there.  General observations: great beer is available, to varying extents, in every corner shop (aka deli). Yes, they produce a lot of beer – but being able to find Dogfish Head and Bells, amongst others, literally everywhere, was quite …

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Dangerously Close To Stupid

To Øl, for us, are the brewery that truly changed our perception of what beer can be. More specifically, tasting their Imperial Black IPA with French press coffee – Black Malts & Body Salts – for the first time several years ago, turned what was then just a keen interest in craft beer into a passion; one that ultimately led us to opening Ghost Whale. So you can imagine that we were more than a …

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James Of Tesseract Talks About His Favourite Metal Band Beers

Hi I’m James, I play in a prog-metal band called Tesseract and I am a beer fan. Metal and beer have always had a close relationship, mainly because people in bands like to drink beer, however since the explosion of micro brewing culture many have taken it upon themselves to create their own. Navigating the world of metal band beer can be quite hit or miss, so I thought I’d write a quick guide to …

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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 …