Grown-up Travel Guide Beer Diary: Day 110

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 110: April 20, 2015

Diary entry:

So our time in Botswana ended – but it ended on a real high.

On our way from Hyena Pan Lodge – in fact not fifteen minutes away – we stumbled upon five big lions resting right by the track.

We sat and watched them for almost half an hour before moving on; what an experience!

After flying back to South Africa I picked up my rental car at the airport and made it to a nearby hotel.

Having unpacked it was time for dinner and a beer – and a blast from the past…

The Beer:

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Name: Carling Black Label

Producer: SAB Ltd, Sandton, South Africa

Alcohol content: 5.5 %

Bottle size: 340 ml

Purchased from: N/A – supplies on our safari


I grew up in the UK bombarded by the marketing machine behind Carling Black Label and the posters, signs and adverts were everywhere. It seemed to have almost disappeared towards the end of my time in South London so I was surprised to learn recently that it remains the most popular beer in Britain. I was even more surprised to see it is South Africa; but then SAB do own a LOT of famous brands…

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