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 112: April 22, 2015
I awoke at the Graskop Hotel and had a huge breakfast before the road called me on.
Did a LOT of driving today, visiting the Blyde River Canyon which is just amazing.
That must be the biggest gorge I’ve ever seen and pictures don’t do it justice – you should see it yourself!
I then turned around and made my way to Swaziland where I was running from a big storm in the rear view mirror.
Made it to the Mantenga Lodge where I cracked open this one.
Name: Flying Fish
Producer: SAB Ltd, Sandton, South Africa
Alcohol content: 4.5 %
Can size: 440 ml
Purchased from: SPAR Supermarket, Graskop, South Africa
Bit of an alcopop type thing going on here. Flavoured beer is very refreshing and very easy to drink, but not really my cup of tea.