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 134: May 14, 2015
From waking in Ascot to going to bed in Paddington, we covered a fair few miles today.
After breakfast with my sis at her place we drove to visit my parents who now live just 15 minutes away.
Good to catch up with them all and especially so as we will see them again in just two weeks as we will be back in the UK for a wedding.
Drove into central London afterwards and dropped off the girls at the Hilton Paddington while I found a good value car park nearby at the station thanks to a handy parking app, Parkopedia.
Checked in to our huge and comfy executive room then off for an excellent Italian in the evening – before a nightcap…
Name: Boddington’s Draught
Producer: InBev UK, Preston, England
Alcohol content: 4.0 %
Glass size: 500 ml
Purchased from: Hilton London Paddington Hotel
I’m not sure exactly what this beer is now called when it’s on draught or where it actually comes from, but it’s not the Boddies I grew up used to. Still a nice pint though, and probably a good idea to try it before it slowly but surely disappears from the market.