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 8: January 8, 2015
After the usual morning routine I settled down to some work for a while before the weather tempted me outside.
It was sunny but cold – good enough for a quick flight with the Phantom.
I drove to one of the nearby lakes and managed to get some good photos and film clips before my fingers froze…
Back to the office to edit the results, then to the gym for a swim.
40 lengths later and I was ready for my daily ale…
Name: Juleøl (Christmas beer)
Producer: Lade Gaards Bryghus, Norway (brewed by Grans Bryggeri)
Alcohol content: 4.7%
Bottle size: 0.5 l
Purchased from: Local supermarket (Rema 1000 own brand)
Yes, another leftover Christmas beer. This was recommended to accompany the turkey which we had on New Year’s Eve here and it was indeed a great match. This brand is owned by one of the largest supermarkets and it is Grans Brewery that actually makes it. The name is also misleading, as Lade is in Trondheim (where the owner of the supermarket comes from) but the beer is brewed in Sandefjord…
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 🙂