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 4: January 4, 2015
Woke to another 10cm of new snow and this time we decided to make the most of it rather than just shift it.
Headed off to our nearest ski centre, Vassfjellet, after breakfast.
It barely stopped snowing the whole time we were there, but otherwise conditions were perfect.
Until there was a power cut over the whole area – and after hearing that it would last at least an hour we gave up and made for home.
Was probably just as well as I felt as knackered as I would have if I had made 23 runs down – instead of the 3 I managed…
Name: Bøyla Blonde Ale
Producer: Ægir Bryggeri, Norway
Alcohol content: 4.7%
Bottle size: 0.5 l
Purchased from: Local supermarket
I love this microbrewery for its range of beers, stylish design and the little details. If you’re wondering, Ægir was the beer brewmaster to the gods in Norse mythology and most of their beers have names inspired by ancient times. Not sure about this one though, so if there are any Norse experts, do let us know 🙂
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 🙂