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 59: February 28, 2015
With one day left before Berlin I had to devote most of it to work.
So this particular Saturday saw we translating with only a brief break for the gym.
Armed with my now-updated pulse belt I figured it might be a little easier.
That theory went out the window – the numbers may be accurate but it’s just as hard to get ‘into the zone’
Packed and cracked open a home brew before getting a relatively early night.
Name: Johnny Weissmuller weissbier
Producer: Lian Kjøkkenbryggeri, Norway
Alcohol content: ? %
Bottle size: 0.5l
Finally the day had come to open up the first batch of home-brewed beer I’d had a hand in. This was really the work of my buddy Bernt but I helped out a little on the day. It’s been 3 weeks and it could probably use another 7 days or so – let’s just say Weihenstephan has nothing to worry about just yet. But it was a good start and had an interesting taste – just a bit too ‘yeasty’ at present. Practice will make perfect, though…