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 11: January 11, 2015
More work this morning – and I even cleaned up my office during a break.
Admittedly you would need to have seen the state of my office before to be able to understand quite how much effort was involved.
Let’s just say I found material collected last summer on the floor…and leave it there.
Survived my final spinning session of the weekend (3/3!).
Name: Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale
Producer: Goose Island, Chicago, USA
Alcohol content: 4.4%
Bottle size: 0.355 l
Purchased from: Vinmonopolet
Today – in beer terms – I took a trip back to Chicago and in fact to the start of my experiences with American craft beer. In 2012 I visited my first US brewery, Goose Island. What a place to begin…I returned last year and 312 remains a big favourite. It tastes even better from my Berghoff’s glass, a souvenir from the summer. It’s good that 312 can be purchased from several supermarkets here in Trondheim, despite the obviously ridiculous price…
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 🙂