Welcome to the Grown-up Travel Guide 2015 Beer Diary!
Perhaps a little background info is needed before we kick off this new section of the site. 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 1: January 1, 2015
It’s New Year’s Day – time for resolutions, reflections over the past year’s achievements/failures and plans for the coming twelve months.
Mine started at 1130 which was kind of early after finally calling it a night at 0300 but it was happily a hangover-free start to 2015.
Watched the last half of the Vienna concert on TV with a huge coffee.
Turkey leftovers from last night’s feast – yum!
The sun went down at 1445 today, 12 minutes later than yesterday – the days are rapidly getting longer but we’ve a way to go before summer.
Name: Polaris Baltisk Porter (Polaris Baltic Porter)
Producer: Ringnes, Norway – in collaboration with Norbrygg and Brooklyn Brewery
Alcohol content: 7%
Bottle size: 0,33l
Purchased from: Vinmonopolet
An interesting start to this year of beer – a venture into craft beer by the industrial beer giant Ringnes (owned by Carlsberg) in Norway together with Norbrygg and Brooklyn Brewery. This Polaris Baltic Porter is very good too, strong but smooth.
For a full list of all the beers sampled so far this year, just look under the Beer Diary category – you’re sure to find some tasty inspiration 🙂