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 14: January 14, 2015
A very long, very busy but very productive day at the Nordic Bloggers Experience event in Helsinki Finland today.
I took a quick flight with Dennis the drone along the waterfront near our hotel before taking the tram to the trade fair site.
We were then straight into the action with meetings and a packed conference programme.
Finally came the traditional sauna night which was a wonderful way to end the day; smoke saunas to swimming in a hole in the frozen water (okay, plunging and getting out fast) and back to the sauna again.
Only light beer on offer today but that was probably just as well as we’d have passed out from anything stronger.
Name: Ykkönen Light Beer
Producer: Olvi, Finland
Alcohol content: 2.7%
Bottle size: 0.33 l
Purchased from: The Finnish Sauna Society
After repeatedly testing out the range of saunas on offer at this place and also repeatedly taking a chilly dip in the frozen waters outside through a hole in the ice, it was nice to have a cold beer round an open fire. Only light beer on offer, but no matter.
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 🙂