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 21: January 21, 2015
Back to reality today – slowly but surely.
Arrived home quite late and slept like the proverbial log before getting back into the working day.
But the weather was a bit too good so I went droning for half an hour – instead of the gym which was the original plan…
Translation, photo editing and travel planning took up the rest of the day and before I knew it, beer o’clock had arrived.
This brewery made a cracking Christmas beer for 2014 and I had high hopes for their wheat beer…
Name: Hveteøl (organic)
Producer: Reins Kloster, Rissa, Norway
Alcohol content: 4.6%
Bottle size: 0.5 l
Purchased from: Meny supermarket, Solsiden, Trondheim
So here’s another killer Norwegian take on weissbier. I wish there were more, but the two I’ve discovered so far have been perfect so I ain’t complaining. This one is from a craft brewery just an hour from my house and I do feel a visit is in order…also one of the only breweries with a female brewmaster, trivia fans. Look out for this, all the kick and flavour of a proper weissbier without the need to go to Vinmonopolet.
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 🙂