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 13: January 13, 2015
Woken at 5 a.m. by a major storm raging outside – not a great start.
Even worse considering that I would be flying to Helsinki a few hours later…
Fortunately it cleared up and I had a pleasant journey.
It was a bit of a rush to get to my hotel and then down to join the reception party for us travel bloggers.
But I managed to get in my daily beer – from the mini-bar…
Name: Lapin Kulta Premium Export
Producer: Lapin Kulta, Finland
Alcohol content: 4.5%
Can size: 0.33 l
Purchased from: Hotel Radisson Blu Seaside mini-bar
Another change today; but mostly born out of necessity – time was against me and I need to find a beer for the day after travelling to Helsinki, Finland. As they say, the simplest solution is often the best – so I raided the mini-bar in my hotel room instead of braving the cold. It may not be a craft beer classic, but it’s definitely a bit of a Finnish icon – and in any case all beers are welcome. Let’s here it for Lapin Kulta!
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 🙂