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 6: January 6, 2015
Straight to work to finish the hotel review today.
Surprised myself with a reasonable level of productivity and after lunch went to the gym to use the pool.
It was inevitably packed – January brings a rash of new but short-lived memberships – so I had to wait a while for space in a lane.
This (and only this 🙂 ) was the reason I managed just half a kilometre instead of the usual full one.
But this felt better than no exercise at all…
Name: Kaffeporter (Coffee Porter)
Producer: Austmann Bryggeri, Norway
Alcohol content: 4.5%
Bottle size: 0.33 l
Purchased from: Local supermarket
Another day, another killer beer. This time it’s the first of the year from one of the best newcomers on the Norwegian microbrewery scene and local heroes Austmann. Based right here in Trondheim, after just a couple of years these guys have enjoyed amazing success and produced an astonishing number of beers.
This was a new one for me and is a Porter mixed with coffee produced by specialist roasters Jacobsen&Svart. You can taste hints of mocca in the deep flavour – it’s a heady brew and a perfect after dinner beer.
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 🙂