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 20: January 20, 2015
20 days already – time certainly flies when you drink good beer.
Today was my last day in Finland on this trip and started with an amazing sunrise.
It was 20 degrees below zero but surprisingly bearable for the views from our hotel on the lake.
Huge breakfast before the train back to Helsinki – or the airport in my case.
Now I’m waiting for the first of two flights to get back home; with a nice pale ale for company.
Name: Endless Vacation Pale Ale
Alcohol content: 5.3%
Bottle size: 0.33 l
Purchased from: Johan & Nystrom, Helsinki Airport, Finland
I love the label design and attitude of this brewery. But it doesn’t stop there, CAP knows what they are doing. This is a very refreshing pale ale that would not be out of place on a hot summer’s day but tastes equally good on a freezing Finnish evening, too.
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 🙂