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 35: February 4, 2015
The Dubai adventure continues…
We kicked off with a guided tour of some of the city’s highlights which was eye-opening to say the least.
After driving along the main frond of The Palm Jumeirah to gawp at the colossal Atlantis hotel we took a trip to the public beach next to the far more attractive Burj al Arab.
We visited a Sikh temple which is directly behind a mosque and an interesting insight into the high level of religious tolerance in Dubai.
With some free time afterwards I took the opportunity to find today’s entry…
Name: Stella Artois
Producer: Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium
Alcohol content: 5%
Bottle size: 0.33l
Purchased from: Hilton Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
As you may have realized it’s not easy to find craft beer in Dubai – indeed it isn’t that easy to find beer. Hotel bars and restaurants are the main places it is legal to sell alcohol at all, and the range on offer is rarely great. Hilton had three types so I had to pick one I hadn’t already sampled this year – Stella it was.