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 133: May 13, 2015
Up unpleasantly early due to our flights being equally so.
Never mind, that tiredness is always forgotten as we head for the airport.
This time we travelled with SAS and the outbound route was via Stavanger and on to Heathrow.
First time at the new Terminal 2 and very impressed – even more so with our upgraded rental car from Sixt, a sweet Mercedes C-class.
Drove to a pub for lunch then to the supermarket to pick up an exotic brew for the day…
Name: Bad King John Black Ale
Producer: Ridgeway Brewery of Oxfordshire, England
Alcohol content: 6.0 %
Bottle size: 500 ml
Purchased from: Sainsbury’s supermarket, Bracknell
Something quientessentially English about this label which probably explains why I fell for it. But it was a good choice, and nice to be able to pick up 6% strength craft beer at the supermarket. Heavy on the flavour and a good way to start our time in the UK.