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 99: April 9, 2015
Given that I had a late deadline for a translation job I left it until later in the day.
Instead I turned to packing.
Armed with answers from the company I would be travelling with to Botswana I was able to carry out a dummy-run on cramming what I need into my bags.
I can’t take a hard case so I need to compromise, in the end I think I got it right but we’ll see next Wednesday.
After completing the job I headed for the gym and a near death experience also known as a spinning class.
Name: Estrella Garcia
Producer: Hijos de Riviera, Spain
Alcohol content: 4.7 %
Bottle size: 0.33 l
Purchased from: Local supermarket
So Spanish beer is pretty good too, I’ve discovered. I had Estrella Damm on tap in Berlin at a Spanish restaurant and this is a ‘premium lager’ which is also excellent. Even though lager is not my preferred style of beer I do indulge now and again, and I am looking forward to our three week holiday in Spain this summer to sample more…