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 28: January 28, 2015
This particular Wednesday began with a two-hour search online for possible routings to South Africa for a trip I have planned in April.
I should add that I’m planning to redeem airline miles and want to try to fly in Business Class – hence the time needed.
Eventually I did find an extremely complex route so if nothing better opens up in the next day or two I’ll be flying back via Lagos..
The rest of the day I was occupied with my rather epic review of my award flight on Thai Airways A380 in First Class – ah, those were the days 🙂
But I didn’t neglect my duty to the Beer Diary – my stocks are getting low so I need to replenish them but I still have a couple of great brews left in the house…
Name: Onkel i Amerika (Uncle in America)
Producer: Austmann Bryggeri
Alcohol content: 4.5%
Bottle size: 0.33 l
Purchased from: Local supermarket
You should already be familiar with this brewery as I’ve posted quite a few of their beers over the last few weeks. They are a local company based here in Trondheim, Norway producing some superb tipples. They were almost overwhelmed with the domestic demand but have increased their output considerably in recent months which means you may have luck finding them elsewhere. Definitely worth searching for, Onkel i America is a very smooth IPA and like all Austmann beers is brewed in the traditional manner in open fermentation tanks.