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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.) […]

Prague’s Beer Scene: Highlights in the City of a Hundred Spires

Prague’s Beer Scene: Highlights in the City of a Hundred Spires

You’ve just arrived in Prague and have had a look at “Beer in Prague: A List to Get You Started” during your train ride. You’re thirsty after that long journey and need to fortify yourself before you brave the crowds of the Castle District, Charles […]

Beer in Prague: A List to Get You Started

Beer in Prague: A List to Get You Started

Prague. Beer. Two words that go well together. Welcome to my series on Prague. In contrast to other series I’ve compiled or other city/regional spotlights I’ve written, I’m going to start at the end, as it were, with a rough-and-ready list of beers that you […]

Berlin Calling: Beer in the Capital of Germany

Berlin Calling: Beer in the Capital of Germany

It’s late 2008, about a month after I had arrived in Berlin to conduct research on Germany’s recent efforts to commemorate the Second World War. Another leaden gray winter afternoon, mist hanging low enough to obscure the landmark TV Tower on Alexanderplatz, leafless trees shivering […]


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