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 180: June 29, 2015
I think I can safely say that jet lag is not an issue – slept great last night too.
Started the day with a cracking Japanese breakfast and then a longish ride in the minibus to Ogimi.
This is a village which tops the longevity stats and we were there to meet its legendary elderly ladies.
They danced us off our feet and gave us the secret to eternal life, but I’m afraid I took a vow of secrecy…
Visited a textile workshop and an aquarium on the way home, then barbecued on the beach at the hotel.
Producer: Helios Brewery of Okinawa, Japan
Alcohol content: 5%
Glass size: 330 ml
Purchased from: Hotel Nikko Alivila, Okinawa
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. This is by far the best Okinawan beer so far. Who’d have though you’d be able to find a cracking Weizen on a remote Japanese island?