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 15: January 15, 2015
An incredibly busy day today started very early with a tram ride through the centre of town to reach the MATKA trade fair site.
A working breakfast followed, meeting with a few suppliers over rolls and coffee.
Then the fair began after a keynote speech and official opening and before we knew it we were caught up in a whirlwind of presentations and appointments.
I made some interesting new connections for 2015 and beyond so it will be exciting to see what the future brings.
There was no time for a break and we went right on to a function at the Radisson Blue Plaza in town from the fair – where the beer options were limited, but free of charge thanks to the hotel management…
Name: Heineken draught
Producer: Heineken, the Netherlands
Alcohol content: 4%?
Bottle size: 0.5 l
Purchased from: Radisson Blu Plaza hotel, Helsinki, Finland
Not a lot to write here – it’s available in more countries than it probably should be and is far removed from craft beer, but still serves a purpose I guess…
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 🙂