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It's Friday, Oppo

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Photo: Somebody in Denmark maybe

Time for a cold one. Any big plans for the weekend?

We’re getting up bright and early (well, early, but not necessarily bright) to volunteer at the Central Texas Food Bank. Have to be there at 8:30. Yawn. After that, just chilling out.

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Back in the early 90s, my wife and I, along with her mother and older brothers, took a trip to Denmark. My wife’s grandmother was originally from Copenhagen, and her grandfather was from Viborg, Sweden, so she’s just second generation American. We took a tour of the Carlsberg/Tuborg factory while we were there, and I became a huge fan of Tuborg. I remember seeing commercials for it here in the States back in the 70s, but I’ve never seen it since. We get Carlsberg, but it’s brewed in France. Technically imported, but not made with Danish water.

Der durstige Mann: The Thirsty Man
Der durstige Mann: The Thirsty Man
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At the end of the tour, we were allowed to sample various beers they made at the factory. One was the Tuborg Sort Guld, or Black Gold, which was really quite tasty. I talked to our guide and said that we were going to Sweden for a day, and asked what beers I should try while I was over there. She said, “Oh, Sweden doesn’t make any good beer.” As we rode the ferry across to Helsingborg, there were many people with hand carts stacked with cases of Danish beer. On the way back, there was a similar number of people with hand carts stacked with cases of empty bottles. It looked like the guide was right.

Y’all have a good weekend.

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