The surprise of beer travel

THIS IS my year for beer travel, with group tours planned to Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria, as well as several Eastern U.S. destinations. I got things started earlier this month by leading about 150 beer lovers on a very cool river cruise to the Netherlands and Belgium.

Eight breweries, two lectures, a beer dinner and many onboard bottle-shares later, and I’m left with exactly what I look for in travel: a sense of surprise.

Here are a few ...

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Travel Tip Sheet: Chicago beer bars, Bermuda cruise & more

 

Beer travel news and destinations

  • Central. Pa. Save bucks on a fun brewery escape vacation in Central Penna. | TravelZoo.
  • North Carolina & Tennessee. A pair of huge Bourbon, Beer, Food & Horse Racing festivals coming this spring. | Frontstretch Fest.
  • Cleveland? Somehow it tops this best beer cities list | Conde Nast Traveler.
  • Chicago. The 2nd City’s best bars | Chicago Magazine.
  • Boca Raton. Eighty bucks for a beer bath | CNN.
  • USA. 789 breweries ...
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A quick guide to San Franciso Beer Week

SFBW2015San Francisco can lay claim to the birthplace of America’s beer renaissance. It’s where Anchor Brewing was revived, and it’s not far from where New Albion – America’s first microbrewery – was opened in 1977.

But that’s ancient history. The reason you want to travel to San Francisco is because of its beer scene today. Of course, there’s no ...

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Drink Beer There Travel Tip Sheet: Super Bowl Bound

A weekly report on beer-centric travel across America and around the world.

Even if you’re not lucky (or rich) enough to score tix, the Super Bowl is still one of the world’s great beer-drinking destinations. The host town is awash in suds at parties, special events, beer gardens and more.

True, most of it is Bud Light. After all, the mega-brewery spends millions on the game and tends to ...

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Drink Beer There: The Christmas Beer Run

We all want to be home for the holidays, but December is one of the best times of the year for beer travel. Whether it’s a downtown Christmas village, the goofy Running of the Santas, crowded pub crawls or special holiday ale releases, travel destinations feature plenty of opportunities to get into the spirit.

 For me, a big part of the fun is also the search for these gifts: the annual Christmas beer run.

Santa Claus, left, with Joe Sixpack

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Drink Beer There Travel Tip Sheet – Nov. 24, 2014

A weekly report on beer-centric travel across America and around the world.

Lithuania is one of the great, mostly undiscovered beer destinations of Europe. I’ve made the trip once, and now that I’ve read Lars Marius Garshol’s excellent “Lithuanian Beer: A Rough Guide,” I’m ready to return.

His guide outlines the small nation’s incredible farmhouse brewing traditions, as well as its top beer styles, including Kaimiskas, or countryside beer. He writes: “The first thing you should do, before having your first ...

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Drink Beer There Travel Tip Sheet – Nov. 17, 2014

The Session, a weekly beer blogging exchange, tackled the topic of beer travel a couple weeks ago. Why is it important for us to visit the place the where our beers are made?

Over the years, I’ve been to enough breweries that tours can be a bit predictable. And as Alan McLeod writes at A Good Beer Blog, “why go to the beer when the beer is coming to you?”

As always for me, it’s not about the liquid – it’s ...

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Drink Beer There Travel Tip Sheet – Nov. 10, 2014

A weekly guide to beer travel info. Pack your suitcase and grab a beer!

Nine small beer cities that deserve national attention. The usual suspects (Asheville, Bend, Burlington, Portland, Maine), plus Missoula, Mont.; Santa Fe, Traverse City, Mich., and, um, Longmont, Colo., home to all of two breweries | Thrillist.

Palestine. Taybeh Brewing, which continues grow as a Middle East destination, now makes wine | Associated Press.

America’s Best Brewery Tours. Vote for 20 finalists | USA Today.

Kingston, N.C. Mother ...

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Beer Travel Tip Sheet – Nov. 3, 2014

Tourist agencies in towns across America have discovered that local breweries and beer bars are a great attraction. Whether it’s enjoying the local cuisine, discovering neighborhoods or meeting new friends – beer is the world’s finest social lubricant. It brings us a little closer – and isn’t that what travel is all about?

Here are my top 5 online beer guides from city tourism agencies.

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