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Re: What's your favorite Beer?
« Reply #13515 on: January 30, 2021, 06:05:00 am »
Cool to see Gipsy Hill on here - I live a 5 minute walk from their brewery. Didn't realise they'd made it far outside South London!


Made it all the way to northern Norway in fact. They started showing up in my local over a year ago. I’ve had three different beers, and really enjoyed the kveik ipa.

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« Reply #13516 on: January 30, 2021, 10:40:25 am »
Outstanding, thanks @neph93 that's really cool to see! When I visit friends in northern England nobody has heard of them, but northern Norway, "yeah I've tried 3 so far." Perhaps it's a sign of the level of beer geekiness on here more than anything else... I strongly approve.

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« Reply #13517 on: January 30, 2021, 11:23:43 am »
Cool to see Gipsy Hill on here - I live a 5 minute walk from their brewery. Didn't realise they'd made it far outside South London!

I'm only in N1, so it wasn't a huge journey :)
My local cornershop has about 5 of their beers at the moment

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Re: What's your favorite Beer?
« Reply #13518 on: January 30, 2021, 12:24:51 pm »
Cool to see Gipsy Hill on here - I live a 5 minute walk from their brewery. Didn't realise they'd made it far outside South London!

I'm only in N1, so it wasn't a huge journey :)
My local cornershop has about 5 of their beers at the moment
Aha I thought you were in Gosport from your profile. North London is indeed a bit less impressive, especially now it has northern Norway to compete with

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« Reply #13519 on: January 30, 2021, 03:03:07 pm »
Perhaps it's a sign of the level of beer geekiness on here more than anything else... I strongly approve.

Perhaps... I think that plays a role but that is also linked to the way beer is controlled in Norway in terms of import and sale.

Everything over 4.7% is exclusively sold via a state owned monopoly. People outside of Norway find this weird, but one of the advantages is the buying power they have coupled with an fantastic level of knowledge. The buying power means the range is very impressive well the product expertise means the quality is excellent. There are downsides to the system (opening hours, price, one is limited to what the buyers choose to import), but in many ways it is preferable to free market systems.
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« Reply #13520 on: January 30, 2021, 03:36:24 pm »
So who exactly decides what is imported into Norway and what isn't?..

Oh and I've never bought Gipsy Hill before because the ratings of the available beers were too low... With so many beers available here, with many new ones added on a daily base, you have to draw the line somewhere... For me, that is that I will not buy a beer scoring lower than 4.0 on Untappd. My mate's decided to do 4.2 even.

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« Reply #13521 on: January 30, 2021, 04:11:06 pm »
Oh and I've never bought Gipsy Hill before because the ratings of the available beers were too low... With so many beers available here, with many new ones added on a daily base, you have to draw the line somewhere... For me, that is that I will not buy a beer scoring lower than 4.0 on Untappd. My mate's decided to do 4.2 even.

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« Reply #13522 on: January 30, 2021, 04:12:32 pm »
But not his poncy friends.....
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Re: What's your favorite Beer?
« Reply #13523 on: January 30, 2021, 04:31:29 pm »



Everything over 4.7% is exclusively sold via a state owned monopoly.

Interesting. Does it have any noticeable effect on the beers produced by local breweries? Do you get a proliferation of 4.6% beers so they can be sold direct to consumers, or anything like that?

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« Reply #13524 on: January 30, 2021, 04:33:45 pm »
So who exactly decides what is imported into Norway and what isn't?..



The monopoly is set up with a charter definite the principles for its operation. Quality and choice are two of them. They deal with some foreign distributors directly but they also give concessions to selected import companies who them do the shopping for them. It does mean the selection is a little odd at times, and the pricing is out of whack with the rest of the planet (that can go both ways, but normally the wrong way). But it also means some crazy hard to get stuff turns up in large numbers (the last few boxes of Tilquin’s «spoilt batch» for example).
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« Reply #13525 on: January 30, 2021, 04:36:26 pm »


So who exactly decides what is imported into Norway and what isn't?..

Oh and I've never bought Gipsy Hill before because the ratings of the available beers were too low... With so many beers available here, with many new ones added on a daily base, you have to draw the line somewhere... For me, that is that I will not buy a beer scoring lower than 4.0 on Untappd. My mate's decided to do 4.2 even.

Aaah beer snobs... You gotta love hating them...

Ha, that seems fair enough, not even sure I'd call it snobbery to be honest. If you mostly buy your beers online and you don't mind too much how much you pay*, you have to find _some_ way of choosing between the thousands on offer. Untappd reviews is probably more sensible than just basing it on which can artwork you like the look of.

*and you don't live in Norway!

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« Reply #13526 on: January 30, 2021, 04:49:44 pm »
How does this one do it for the beer snobs  :D

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« Reply #13527 on: January 30, 2021, 05:03:18 pm »
But not his poncy friends.....

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Re: What's your favorite Beer?
« Reply #13528 on: January 30, 2021, 05:06:05 pm »
Oh and feel free to add me on Untappd: Bier Beir

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« Reply #13529 on: January 30, 2021, 05:06:55 pm »