The Twelve Beers of Christmas – HaandBryggeriet (Smoke without Fire)

by on Dec 27, 2012 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
©Darwin Wiggett - Wayne Simpson professional beer hand model.

©Darwin Wiggett – Wayne Simpson – professional beer hand model.

The great thing about the holiday season is that friends come over for social visits. Wayne Simpson and his wife Candice came over to help us out with the Twelve Beers of Christmas project. Wayne did the taste tasting because Candice is soon to be a mom.

Tasting Notes:

Although Candice can’t drink alcohol, her heightened sense of smell could detect the smokey nose of this beer from 300 paces. As soon as we opened up a bottle of the Norwegian HaandBryggeriet – Smoke without Fire beer, Candice said, “Wayne! That beer smells like your coat!” (Apparently, Wayne had spent the last week around a campfire.) Wayne took a taste of the beer and said, “Actually, this beer does taste exactly like my coat smells! In fact, it reminds me of waking up with my face on the ground next to a campfire.” To which Candice replied: “You’ve certainly done that a few times before!” In the end, Wayne was a fan of the beer if only because it reminded him of those smokey memories of camping days gone by.

About the Author

I am a Canadian landscape and outdoor photographer who loves long hikes in the woods, yummy food, hairy dogs, good company and a good guitar jam.


  1. Jan Beernaert
    December 28, 2012

    Man, ooooh man! It’s a real pity that I don’t live in your beautiful Canada. Otherwise, if you would need one, I would be happy to volunteer for your project. Mind you, just to help you guys allong!

    Have a great tasting and shooting!

    See you,

    • Darwin Wiggett
      December 28, 2012


      Belgian Beer is the best! We would love you to bring some over 😉

  2. sue
    December 28, 2012

    very nice shot


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