The blog is back, finally. I’m happy to flexing my writing muscles again, it’s been way too long. I’ve been telling everyone that I’ll start writing sometime soon but it never happened. I’ve somewhat forced myself to be in a writing situation. I’m currently on a plane to Iceland with no wifi, no headphones for my iphone (for podcasts & music), and nothing to read but the airplane magazine. I knew the airline didn’t have wifi ahead of time, which I’m surprised it doesn’t. I did this on purpose because I want to use this trip as a kick in the ass to get me vlogging and writing. If I had any things to casually pass the time I would use them. Oddly enough, I know how my brain works and sometimes I need to just throw away the distractions and just focus.
Well, I am playing chess on very easy mode while I’m writing this. So there’s that.
Let’s set the scene here and give some backstory as to why I’m on a plane to a large country with very few people.
I’m on a WOW airline where ticket prices are CHEAP and they charge you for everything. I travel light and don’t need extra leg room so I’m content with flying with them. I’m traveling to Iceland for the second time in 8 months and this time for a beer festival once again, but not the same one as last time. I think the plane I’m on is called DAD (insert Ryan Hunt joke here) according to the in-plane magazine.
I’m traveling with a friend Jared Sauliner who is a videographer and photographer around Portland, ME and Portsmouth, NH. I know Jared through my day-job’s boss and we bonded over those 2 aforementioned specialties. He also shoots with canon cameras and we both watch Peter McKinnon on YouTube. He’s a little older and more prepared (camera-wise) than I am. On this vacation/beer adventure I’m imagining I’m Casey Neistat and he’s Peter McKinnon. Casey is a run-and-gun, fire-from-the-hip, wing-it – YouTuber. While Peter is a methodical cinematographer turned YouTuber. Needless to say we are both very new at vlogging and will be stumbling our way through it as we’re in Iceland. On the drive up I tried my best to debrief him on some of the things to expect in Iceland, including fun things to do while we’re there.
We’re going to a beer festival in the Icelandic capital city of Reykjavik. It’s funny to tell people that I’m going to another country (again) just for a beer fest (again). The festival is in a brewpub/hostel named Kex where I’ve been once on my last trip 8 months ago. The fest is a celebration of the end of prohibition in Iceland, which happened on March 1st, 1989 and has been happening for the past 7 years now. The festival spans for 3 days and has breweries from all over the world being poured alongside local Icelandic music acts. Here’s the list of breweries being poured at the fest:
- 18th Street Brewery
- Aslin Beer Co.
- Beavertown Brewery
- Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales
- Borg Brugghús
- Brewing Költur
- Brewski Beer
- Brothers Brewery
- Civil Society Brewing Co
- Cloudwater Brew Co.
- Collective Arts Brewing
- Cycle Brewing
- Fonta Flora Brewery
- de Garde Brewing, Garage Beer Co.
- Half Acre Beer Company
- J. Wakefield Brewing
- Járn og Gler / Malbygg
- Jón Ríki
- KEX Brewing
- Lady Brewery
- Lamplighter Brewing Co.
- Lord Hobo Brewing Company
- O/O Brewing
- Other Half Brewing Co.
- People Like Us
- Prairie Artisan Ales
- Reykjavík Brewing Company
- Speciation Artisan Ales
- Surly Brewing Company
- To Øl
- Transient Artisan Ales
- Vífilfell, Voodoo Brewing Co.
- Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson
- ÖR Brewing Project.
Last time I was in Iceland I went with the Maine Brewers Guild as they hosted a beer fest that had 80% Maine Beer on tap, pouring from The Maine Beer Box – a major technical innovation in beer beer transportation. The Beer Box is a custom fabricated refrigerated shipping container with 78 taps put into one side of it. All the taps are individually regulated and pressurized. It’s something that has never been done before and once you see it you wonder how nobody has done it before. It’s so simple yet so complicated. I’ve had the pleasure of drinking from the beer box on 3 occasions: In Iceland, on Thompson’s Point for the Guild’s Summer Fest, and in Belfast for Marshall Wharf’s 10th anniversary celebration.
While I was in Iceland before I met so many amazing people that I will be connecting with again when we land. We’ll get to have enjoy some of my favorite bars and try some new ones in the big city. We’ll be in the city for 3 days while we’re going to the beer fest and then heading north to Akiyi for the final few days. In Akiri we’re meeting Urban Farm Fermentory (UFF) there and they are doing a collaborative beer with Kaldi, a big Icelandic brewery. We’ll also try a dip in the beer spa located just outside of Akiri in where you bathe in unfermented warm beer, while drinking actual beer. Our hopes is to see the northern lights while we’re in Iceland.
The gameplay when we land is to bus over from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik and kill time before we get to check into our Air BnB at 11AM. The only hitch in the plan is the plane lands at 6AM. The challenge is killing time before that with all of our bags with us. Walking around will be a challenge with it being windy and cold, roughly 35-40 degrees.
Looking back at my first return blog – I’m surprised by how much I’ve written. Maybe it’s the forced isolation or maybe it was the excitement of being back writing. Either way, this is only the first blog while being in Iceland for Kex Fest. Stay tuned for my next blogs because I definitely want to write more after this.
I think it was Novare Res that has me naming everything that has a 2ns part to it Electric Boogaloo from a breakdancing movie they showed once at an Oxbow tap takeover.
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