Beer Trip Envy: Stone’s Visit to Nøgne Ø and BrewDog
It's no secret that we love to go on beer-themed vacations and tend to work at least a little beer fun into most of our regular travel plans. Thanks to a recent post on Beer in Baltimore, we are experiencing some serious beercation envy and thinking of re-prioritizing our list of "must-drink-there" destinations.
Last July, a small crew from Stone Brewing Company traveled to Grimstad, Norway and Fraserburg, Scotland to brew collaboration beers with Nøgne Ø and BrewDog. The beers, which you likely saw around town earlier this winter, were the 2009 Stone-Jolly Pumpkin-Nøgne Ø Special Holiday Ale and the Stone-BrewDog Bashah Belgian Black IPA.
Scandinavia has been high on our beer travel list, largely because of the two boundary-pushing breweries featured in Stone's four-part video blog series, but watching the boys from Stone eat, drink, brew, and sightsee their way across Norway and Scotland has given us total wanderlust. (But we have to admit we would have liked to see more HD footage of gorgeous landscapes and fewer shots of shirtless beer dudes and Greg Koch's antics–just a few.)
The Lagerheads will be settling for a trip to Canada later this year to visit breweries like Unibroue and Dieu Du Ciel, as well as check out the beauty that is Quebec City and the utter coolness that is Montreal. If like us you have no better immediate option than to live vicariously through others, check out Stone Skips Across the Pond. Part 1 is above; Parts 2 to 4 are below.