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 83: March 24, 2015
Finally the big push was over – I finished the translation projects.
It took me most of the day but now I get to breathe a little before the next one (hopefully)
Barely made it out of the house but after dinner I realise I had to make a beer run.
I had nothing in stock that I hadn’t already sampled for the diary, so off to town I drove.
Thanks to the wonderful Gulating beer store here in Trondheim I secured a week’s work of quality brews.
Name: Halsøen Hefeweizen
Producer: Stjørdalsbryggeriet, Norway
Alcohol content: 4.7 %
Bottle size: 0.5 l
Purchased from: Gulating Beer Store, Trondheim
In my quest for the next perfect hefeweissbier I’m always keen to find local breweries trying this variety of beer. So far this is the most local I’ve found, from Stjørdal which is only about 35km from here and also the location of Trondheim airport. I’ve also tried to make it in a not-quite successful first cooperation with Lian Kjøkkenbryggeri. Apparently the second batch was much better, which is a god sign that we are on the right path.
These guys have come a lot further and are approaching the quality of a German here. Not quite there, but still very good – a little too much bitter aftertaste but that’s nit-picking. A few years ago we could only dream of local beer – even more of local weissbier. Good job!