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 43: February 12, 2015
Still feeling a little grotty so not overly productive today.
The translation work started piling up though so I had to make my way through that first.
I finally reached the stage where I was reasonably happy with the first Finland video, which is now on YouTube.
Sadly I missed the grand opening of our new beer store in town but will try to make it tomorrow.
They are aiming for 400 different types so a mere year of beer is not going to be a problem…
Name: Leffe Blond
Producer: Abbaye de Leffe, Belgium
Alcohol content: 6.6%
Bottle size: 0.33 l
Purchased from: Vinmonopolet
This may be far from an unusual beer – indeed it’s a very famous brand – but as mentioned every day in the introduction to this section we are open to all. And I love Leffe – it’s strong, full of flavour and sweet. With a brewing history dating back to 1240, those monks know their stuff.