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 3: January 3, 2015
The snow returned with a vengeance today – so the first thing after breakfast was to clear the drive.
We had a good 10cm to shift; and I do love using the snow blower…
Spent the rest of the afternoon sorting photos from Berlin and began editing a hotel walkthrough clip.
And then – believe it or not – I went to the gym again.
Kind of spoiled it by all the cake we had after dinner at my mother-in-law’s; but never mind.
Name: Hitachino Real Ginger Ale
Producer: Kiuchi Brewery, Ibaraki, Japan
Alcohol content: 8%
Bottle size: 0.33 l
Purchased from: Vinmonpolet (a birthday gift as it happens)
Proper Ginger Ale (i.e. with alcohol) is on a roll at the moment, but I have to say that I have missed out on the Japanese offerings. I tried an English one which was pretty nasty but this was great – maybe it’s the high alcohol content but I think it’s more to do with the great flavour.
Worth seeking out if you feel like trying something different. Cheers!
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 🙂