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 179: June 28, 2015
So far so good as far as jet lag goes – slept solidly last night too.
A slightly earlier start began with another superb Japanese breakfast before hitting the road.
Today’s activities began with a karate lesson, which was great even if the heat made it even tougher.
The afternoon included a cultural performance, snake show and a visit to well-preserved ruins.
Checked into our new hotel and then out for a delicious meal…
Name: Nihede Beer
Producer: Nanto Brewery of Okinawa, Japan
Alcohol content: 5%
Glass size: 350 ml
Purchased from: Local store, Okinawa
One of Okinawa’s first craft breweries, Nanto produces three varieties and this is an Alter style. I liked it a lot – dark and rich, full of flavour.