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 57: February 26, 2015
Right so this morning I had an appointment at the gym to measure my maximum heart rate.
Apparently this is good to know and seeing as I bought a fancy belt thing I felt it necessary so I could see my progress on the screen.
The test involved me cycling as close to heart attack speed as possible until I conked out, essentially.
I won’t go into details but I am still surprised I survived.
The rest of the day was spent recovering – and doing some translation work.
Name: Hveteøl (wheat beer)
Producer: Nøisom Craft Beer, Fredrikstad, Norway
Alcohol content: 4.7 %
Bottle size: 0.5 l
Purchased from: Gulating, Trondheim
As you are by now well aware I am a huge fan of weissbier. After the joy of discovering Norway’s best hefe weissbier so far on day 49, Gulating Beer Store sold me the best kristall a few days later. Hefe weissbier is the cloudy variety, basically, whereas kristall is the clear one. Add a few grains of rice to the latter to keep the bubbles flowing if you like – with or without, this is right up there with the best of the German ones. Excellent work folks!