A warm weekend in Bamberg, Germany

Bamberg was one of those places I’d fancied visiting for a while – with a historic old town and numerous breweries what’s not to love? – so for Ross’ birthday I booked us a weekend away.

However, my flight booking skills weren’t the best and we ended up arriving Friday night and leaving Sunday morning. As we didn’t end up with that much time in the town, we were determined to make the most of it.

And despite having less than 48 hours in Bamberg, we managed to clock up visits to quite a few of the beer gardens and pubs so here’s a little look at the ones we spent time in.

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The beer bars and bottle shops of Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus is Denmark’s second city and its good selection of bars and relatively small size (especially in comparison to Copenhagen) makes it a great place for a beery city break. Most of the craft beer bars in Aarhus are easy to walk between so you can visit quite a few in a short space of time, so here’s a look at some of them – including one that does a happy hour!

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Collaborations announced for Manchester Beer Week

Five collaborations have been announced for this year’s Manchester Beer Week featuring some of the UK’s leading breweries.

The partnerships for the collabs will be Runaway and Bristol-based Left Handed Brewing Co, Track and Brew By Numbers, Blackjack and Hawkshead, and Marble and Northern Monk.

The final collab is a three-way brew between Cloudwater, Bristol’s Lost and Grounded and Verdant in Falmouth.

A Manchester brewery expo has also been announced for Saturday June 24 with all of the city centre breweries, including the likes of Cloudwater, Track, Blackjack and Runaway all opening their doors for tours and tasting events. Dan’s Brewery will also be open and will be hosting Marble, Hawkshead and Magic Rock.

Manchester Beer Week takes place June 23 – July 2 – mcrbeerweek.co.uk.

A weekend in Newcastle

Although I’m fairly well travelled across the North West, the North East is mostly unfamiliar territory to me so for a Christmas present, Ross arranged a weekend for us to explore Newcastle and Northumberland – especially because I kept banging on about wanting to visit Lindisfarne. With Newcastle home to some great breweries, most notably Wylam, there’s plenty of places to check out so here’s a look at the places we visited.

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Hunting out Oslo’s best craft beer bars

After visiting Bergen and travelling via train across the mountains, we ended up in Oslo. Like Bergen, the beer is expensive but there are considerably more places selling craft beer in Norway’s capital city to check out. We spent four nights in the city in total and managed to work  our way through quite a few of Oslo’s beer bars visiting everywhere from cosy local bars to microbreweries to a well-known Scottish chain, so here’s a guide to some of them.

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