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 36: February 5, 2015
Another day in Dubai started with a highly welcome lie-in and late start.
I used the time to have a leisurely breakfast and do some work.
Lunch was at the fabulous Ritz-Carlton just a few blocks down the road where we also met with Emirates’ representatives.
We had a couple of hours free to enjoy the beach and pool before visiting the Dubai Food Festival.
Unfortunately there was a mix-up with timings so we were too late but instead we dined at quite possibly the most glamorous restaurant in Dubai, Qbara – so no complaints there!
Name: Arctic Explorer
Producer: The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
Alcohol content: Unsure but a lot of %…
Bottle size: 0.33l
Purchased from: The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
Now we’re talking exclusive: freeze-fractionated Affligem beer; meaning no carbonation but double strength, then infused with different flavours including coffee and maple syrup. We tried three flavours including the Arctic Explorer which seemed appropriate for a bunch of visiting Norwegian-based bloggers. A unique speciality created by The Ritz-Carlton in Dubai and very nice too 🙂