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 30: January 30, 2015
Work-wise it was a day spent doing my accounts, which is a chore I hate with a vengeance.
I had three travel expense claims to organise and expected to spend a half hour on them, but it took me the entire morning…
After my day off (restitution, I believe it’s called) yesterday I was ready for a spinning session tonight.
It was a good way to bring on the weekend – and to justify my daily beer, of course.
After the gym it was back into my usual Friday routine of making home-made tacos for dinner.
Name: Rallar Amber Ale
Producer: Ægir Bryggeri
Alcohol content: 4.7%
Bottle size: 0.5 l
Purchased from: Local supermarket
Ægir Bryggeri have produced another winner here. The Norwegian brewery has my favourite non-German weissbier so far and a corking Christmas beer, so they certainly have form. This amber ale is smooth and full of flavour; presumably from the six different types of barley malt it contains. Look out for it!