Grown-up Travel Guide Beer Diary: Day 18

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 18: January 18, 2015

Diary entry:

So finally being able to see the Sahanlahti resort in daylight was well worth waiting for.

With great accommodation, fabulous food and a stunning location on Lake Saimaa this is a perfect destination to get away from it all.

We had the pleasure of walking on the frozen lake to witness ice fishing as well as a bunch of other outdoor activities.

At lunchtime we were served an amazing fish soup with the perfect accompaniment: wheat beer.

The Beer:

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Name: Marsalkka Luomuvehna

Producer: Saiman Juomatehdas, Finland

Alcohol content: 4.6%

Bottle size: 0.33 l

Purchased from: Sahanlahti Resort, Puumala, Finland


This was a winner – a lovely wheat beer made from organic ingredients…it’s made by a local brewery which is both independent and family-owned here in Mikkeli.

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 🙂

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