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 104: April 14, 2015
My last beer diary entry from Norway from a while – tomorrow I’ll be en route to Africa!
Today I broke my own personal record by packing more than 24 hours before my trip.
Impressed? You should be – I generally pack a couple of hours before my taxi to the airport arrives…
Anyway I really needed to make sure I could get everything in my bags and after a little repacking I think I should still be okay.
Did a last bit of shopping for safari, then took it easy – with a superb beer…
Name: Icelandic Pale Ale
Producer: Einstøk Ølgerd of Akureyri, Iceland
Alcohol content: 5.6 %
Bottle size: 0.33 l
Purchased from: Vinmonopolet, Trondheim, Norway
This was one of the most exotic ones on the shelf and I had to give it a try. This was a beauty – if this represents the standard of Icelandic craft beer then they have a lot to be proud of…