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 71: March 12, 2015
Back in the groove now, I think…
Kicked off my Thursday with a burst of translation followed by a serious amount of email correspondence.
On a roll, I jumped in the car and zoomed to the gym to swim a kilometre.
Even better, I put the hood down and went topless on the way back for the first time this year.
Suitably adrenalized, I managed to blast through more files and am now on schedule again!
Name: Cloud 9 Wit
Producer: To Øl Sessions, Copenhagen, Denmark
Alcohol content: 4.6 %
Bottle size: 0.33 l
Purchased from: Local supermarket
Magnificent mango and orange peel taste in a lovely wheat beer. This is a great concept – gypsy brewing. I’ll let the guys explain…”We are what’s called a gypsy brewery (or Pyrate/Nomad/Contract/Gold Digger Brewery). This means that we don’t own our own brewing equipment, but brew at others instead. We do this because we think it is the absolute best way to ensure the highest quality, the widest variety and continually being able to reinvent ourself and the beers we brew. We are gypsies and we are proud of it.”
This one was brewed in Belgium and comes highly recommended.