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 107: April 17, 2015
First (in fact only) full day in Jozi, and I think I made the most of it.
Up early after a long and luxurious sleep to have a delicious breakfast.
At 10 am I met my tour guide and spent three and a half hours getting to know the city.
I could only scratch the surface in that time, but it was very interesting and extremely thought-provoking – you’ll be getting a lot more on this on the blog in due course.
Back to the Peech Hotel for some work then I walked to a gastropub in the vicinity – where I had my first South African weissbier…
Producer: Brauhaus am Damm, Magaliesburg, South Africa
Alcohol content: 4.8 %
Bottle size: 0.5 l
Purchased from: The Griffin, Johannesburg, South Africa
Wow – another great discovery here in Johannesburg. Not just the beer, but the gastropub in which it was purchased…this is a lovely weissbier and extremely fresh in flavour. In fact, given that the brewery is not too far away I may have to pop in…