Grown-up Travel Guide Beer Diary: Day 19

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 19: January 19, 2015

Diary entry:

Well, this area of Finland is proving to be quite something.

After a leisurely breakfast it was off to the frozen lake for some horse-sledging and drone filming.

Next was a trip to the island of Niinisaari where we tried out some kick-sledges and visited the smithy.

After decorating some souvenir amulets and lunch we went snow-shoeing in the forest.

Our evening consisted of a walk on the lake at night, an incredible dinner and a sauna/hot tub combo – the latter being under the clear skies filled with stars – magical.

The Beer:

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Name: Marsalkka Vaalea

Producer: Saiman Juomatehdas, Finland

Alcohol content: 4.6%

Bottle size: 0.33 l

Purchased from: Sahanlahti Resort, Puumala, Finland


Another from this local craft brewery, the Vaalea is an all-malt lager. It’s organic, too, and very crisp and refreshing.

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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