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 136: May 16, 2015
Up fairly early so as not to miss breakfast at the Hampton.
The girls had some serious shopping planned for our last full day in London – my plans were more vague but involved finding a good pub or three.
We headed to Oxford Circus and the mayhem of Regent Street and they did their thing.
At lunchtime we found an excellent pub really close to Regent Street that was nevertheless quiet, authentic and had superb food.
Later, before we finished our day with an evening spin on the London Eye, we found another oasis of calm – and great beer – right off Carnaby Street of all places…
Name: Hobgoblin Gold
Producer: Wychwood Brewery of Oxfordshire, England
Alcohol content: 4.2%
Glass size: 1 pint
Purchased from: The Clachan, Soho, London
Not only a beautifully maintained old pub, The Clachan has friendly service and a superb range of ales. I tried this guest beer which was smooth as silk – definitely a place to head for to escape the madness of the surrounding area.