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 45: February 14, 2015
Another day of taking it easy and feeling sorry for myself having a cold.
However things are going in the right direction and obviously the daily beer is the reason for recovery progress being made.
Worked on some blog stuff and not a great deal else.
Finally started catching up on Homeland which I recorded last year – we got through 4 episodes tonight.
Sampled the first of my haul from Gulating, Trondheim’s new beer emporium too…
Name: Velkopopovicky Dark Beer
Producer: Kozel, Czech Republic
Alcohol content: 3.8%
Bottle size: 0.5 l
Purchased from: Gulating, Trondheim, Norway
This is quite an unusual one – rather light on the alcohol (3.8%) but heavy on the caramelised malt. A bit too sweet for my taste but interesting all the same, like an alcoholic Malta Guinness if you’ve ever had that – it’s a very popular drink in Africa, amongst other places.