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 116: April 26, 2015
Waking to birds (geese, I believe) after a wonderful night’s sleep it was time to explore.
I had a pre-breakfast walk through the grounds before heading out into the wild (sort of).
After a walk in the foothills surrounding the hotel I was ready for the buffet and it didn’t disappoint.
The Champagne Castle Hotel has a wonderful British style pub but it is a little surreal as you feel you could be in rural England.
Only on looking outside do you remember that you are in fact in the central Drakensburg mountains tens of thousands of kilometres further south…
Name: Heineken Lager
Producer: Brandhouse, Cape Town, South Africa
Alcohol content: 5 %
Bottle size: 330 ml
Purchased from: The Champagne Castle Hotel, Winterton, Central Drakensburg, South Africa
Sorry, but I had to get this one over with too. Nothing new here although stronger than the regular European style Heineken, and a little better.