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Destination: a beer made of birch bark at the foot of Jotunheimen; when in Lom, Norway

It is, of course, a wholly pointless exercise to debate matters of taste. So, let me refrain from doing so. I cannot help but appreciate that my favorite beer is brewed in a rather new brewery in Lom (Norway), a tiny village nestled amidst a convergence of several mountain passes.

The Lomb Brewery hasn't been around for very long, but you wouldn't know it. And that probably has something to do with the craftsmanship of the staff, the availability of exceptional ingredients, and the historically steeped location.

A village in Norway surrounded by mountains

The name of my preferred beer speaks for itself: Bjørk (birch). A concentrate of birch bark lends the beer a subtly sweet undertone. I must honestly confess that I haven't yet sampled all of their brews, but that implies I'll likely derive much enjoyment from them in the future.

If you find yourself in Lom, do make a point to visit the Lomb Brewery at the very least. You can taste their beers, purchase them, and most importantly, feel free to inquire the staff about their products as they take great pleasure in sharing their knowledge.

While you're in Lom, you might as well drop by the bakery for a cinnamon bun. There's a chance you'll have to queue up for a bit. That's not only because bakeries in this part of Norway are somewhat scarce but also because this particular one is exceptionally good. The optimal experience is during the quieter hours on a weekday. Sometimes, the hordes of tourists can strain the overall logistics there, leading to rather accidic comments on TripAdvisor.

If you've had your fill of Lomb's beers and the comfort of a cozy bed beckons, consider the Fossheim Hotel. The building housing the hotel looks splendid and exudes a delightful aroma of wood. Besides its charm, this hotel also boasts the finest menu in Lom, offering delicately crafted dishes beautifully presented. Might there be any need to cleanse your sinfull mind, have a look at the beautiful Lom Stavechurch. It's ancient and magical!

Lom is also an excellent starting point for further explorations of Jotunheimen and Breheimen. So you know! **Getting there: it is most likely you'll arrive either at Ålesund Airport (AES) or from Oslo Airport (OSL). Either way, public transport really takes forever, so it is most wise to reserve a car in advance. Since Norway has one of the best fast-charging networks in the world, I would advise you to rent an electric car. Better for the environment, cheaper to charge and it gets you everywhere. Check here for availability.


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