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Beer Tales from Bavaria

Beer Tales from Bavaria

People and personalities. It’s the reason I love beer travel so much. I’ve met people from all walks of life in North America and Europe since starting this blog, be it folks who have left comfortable careers to follow the siren call of the brewhouse, […]

Bamberg’s Storied Rauchbier: A Brief History of Smoke and Beer

Bamberg’s Storied Rauchbier: A Brief History of Smoke and Beer

Over twenty years had passed since I stopped off briefly in Bamberg en route between Prague and Heidelberg with an old friend on a crazy road trip in my grandma’s rickety Renault 5. On that sunny afternoon in the early nineties, we snapped the requisite […]

Beer and Place: The Aromas of Bamberg

Beer and Place: The Aromas of Bamberg

Bamberg’s one of those places that you immediately sense is a beer town. The moment you step off the train on any given day, you’re greeted with the sweet aromas of malt from the Weyermann facility just north of the train station. And oh, the […]

Munich’s Beer Gardens East and West of the Isar

Munich’s Beer Gardens East and West of the Isar

What’s in a Date? 23 April, Lagers, and Beer Gardens In brewers’ lore of yore, April meant more than showers bringing May flowers. In fact, the Feast of St. George on 23 April has influenced both the emergence of lager beers and the shaded beer […]

Beer Cafes and Bollekes: Beer for a Day in Antwerp

Beer Cafes and Bollekes: Beer for a Day in Antwerp

Like so many cities and towns in Belgium, Antwerp is but an hour and change by train from Brussels. If you’re like me and your trips to Belgium never amount to more than about five days at a time, these medieval cities and towns end […]

Stone Brewing Berlin: A Rocky Landing Righted?

Stone Brewing Berlin: A Rocky Landing Righted?

I headed out to Stone Brewing’s Berlin outpost in Mariendorf with less than great expectations. Stone’s arrival in Berlin had, after all, been anything but auspicious. During a press conference in 2014, co-owner Greg Koch presided over the destruction of a pallet of main-stream European […]

Global Craft Beer on a Sea of IPA: Sameness Masquerading as Difference?

Global Craft Beer on a Sea of IPA: Sameness Masquerading as Difference?

American-style IPA, that beloved child of the craft beer renaissance, has left the building. In recent years, IPA has become detached from its local context on the West Coast of the United States to emerge as a globalized signifier of everything exciting and novel about […]

The Most Wonderful Time for a Beer: Gifts for Your Holiday Season

The Most Wonderful Time for a Beer: Gifts for Your Holiday Season

The holiday season is in full swing, and if you’re like me, you’ve woken up and realized that this whole gift thing is going to go down at the last minute. Again. Plus ça change. No worries, though. You’ll find something quite easily, given the […]

And To You Your Wassail Too: A Historical Recipe for Holiday Cheer

And To You Your Wassail Too: A Historical Recipe for Holiday Cheer

  “A pocketful of money, and a cellar full of beer / We wish you merrie and a happy new year.”   “Enter Wassel, like a neat sempeter and songster, her page bearing a brown bowl, dressed with ribbons and rosemary, before her” (Ben Jonson). […]

Prague: A Jewel in the Crown of Beer Culture

Prague: A Jewel in the Crown of Beer Culture

Prague is justly famous for its Old Town Square, its Castle District dominated by St. Vitus Cathedral, and the Charles Bridge, majestic despite the throngs of tourists. Beyond that, Prague is famous for the Defenestration of Prague. (Defenestration: now there’s a fine word for you.) […]


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