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 106: April 16, 2015
Woke up after sleeping just shy of six hours on the plane from Frankfurt.
I wouldn’t go as far as to say I felt refreshed but it was certainly one of the best night flights and Johannesburg came into sight as we finished breakfast.
Arrival went smoothly – I was a little worried as I couldn’t find Dennis but we were reunited at the special baggage section.
Met the driver from the Peech Hotel and arrived at this beautiful property in a very nice area of the city.
Decided to get the African part of the Beer Diary started fast – thus a craft beer accompanied my lunch today…
Name: Slow Beer
Producer: Darling Brew of South Africa
Alcohol content: 4 %
Bottle size: 0.5 l
Purchased from: The Peech Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa
Recommended by one of my hosts here at the hotel bistro, this is apparently a much called-for beer among guests in the know. From one of South Africa’s thriving microbreweries, Slow Beer is the perfect way to cool down on a warm day here in Johannesburg.