Welcome to the Grown-up Travel Guide 2015 Beer Diary!
A little background info: in December a group of us decided to set up the 2014 Beer Advent Calendar, whereby we would try a new beer each day up until Christmas. We shared our tipples on Facebook and Instagram and a great time was had by all – plus we all got to learn about some fine brews from around the world.
Faced with a sense of emptiness when the challenge was over I decided that 24 days a year was just not enough. Why not a year of beer? And so here we are. I reckon a beer a day can keep the doctor away – but even if not it’ll be fun, right?
Given that a large proportion of the year 2015 will be spent in foreign climes there will be the added element of finding a new brew wherever we travel and there are a huge number of excellent beers available here in Norway too – most of which I doubt any of our readers will have heard of.
Your participation is not only encouraged but required – just use the hashtag #grownupbeerdiary if possible. Add your entries here and/or use our social media channels – whatever works best for you.
To keep it simple follow the same format as we do here: describe your day in a maximum of five sentences, add some info about the beer and a photo or two.
Obscure ales and imports IPAs are always interesting but there’s to be no snobbery here – anything goes, even alcohol-free as we all need a good alternative now and again. We’ll work out the practicalities as we go – but since the first day of the year is nearly over we better get started on this journey around the world – in beer form. Cheers!
Day 17: January 17, 2015
After a farewell breakfast at the Radisson Blu Seaside I took a taxi to the railway station to meet up with the rest of my group for our post-conference trip.
Finnish trains are quite something – free and fast wi-fi, power sockets, a restaurant car, playroom for the kids, luggage lockers onboard…
Superb lunch on arrival in Mikkeli at Bistro Vilee.
We were then transferred to an amazing resort called Sahanlahti on Lake Saimaa.
It was pitch dark when we arrived so I’m looking forward to seeing the full beauty in the morning but dinner was a revelation – you’ll have to wait for the article for the details though 🙂
Name: Keisari Luomu
Producer: Nokian Panimo, Finland
Alcohol content: 4.5%
Bottle size: 0.33 l
Purchased from: Bistro Vilee, Mikkeli
Finally a chance to try something a little different in Finland. This is an organic beer, crisp and fresh -I’ll be looking out for this one when I get home…
For a full list of all the beers sampled so far this year, just look under the Beer Diary category – you’re sure to find some tasty inspiration 🙂