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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Is it craft or art: The artisans reply

I asked craftsmen and brewers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 38th Annual Contemporary Craft Show: Do you see yourself as an artist or a craftsman or both. Here are some of their replies.

Rob Sieminski, ceramics, Phillips, Maine.

This seems always to be the eternal question in our field, people always needing to draw the lines of distinction for a myriad of reasons…

some sensible, some self serving, some just out of nowhere…

is it art or craft… am ...

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Is beer art?

DID YOU ever drink a pint that tasted so good it left you wondering if you had just swallowed a work of art?

You heard the flavor speak, you welcomed the body’s warmth, you smiled, you cried, you sighed at the rush. Something struck you at an emotional level. Not just an appreciation of a well-crafted beer, not just the alcohol. But an expressive, visceral experience that touched your soul.

You felt it the same way you might feel a ...

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Beer Radar – Nov. 5, 2014

A few years ago, the Troegs Splinter Series dabbled in something called Troegs Wild Elf, a small-batch, wild yeast version of its popular Christmastime Mad Elf. Chris Trogner told me this week they’re going to do it again for 2015, with a larger batch spiked with Brettanomyces and aged in its new 90 hectoliter oak foudres. “It could be a phenomenal sour beer,” Trogner said. “But it takes a lot of time to develop and we’re just playing around with ...

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Beer at the Contemporary Craft Show

If you know artists, you know they sometimes find their inspiration (or at least relaxation) in a pint of good beer.And if you know brewers, you know that sometimes they find their inspiration in great art.

I’ll be bringing the two groups together on Friday evening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 38th annual Contemporary Craft Show, for a small beer tasting featuring several small, local brewers.

Tix are still available, and one thing I should underscore is it includes admission to ...

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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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Fridays at Bell Bev

Join Joe 4-6 p.m. on Nov. 14 – Fegley’s Brew Works | Nov. 21 – Capt. Lawrence (new in Philly) | Dec. 5 – Santa Claus beers | Dec. 12. – The beers of the NFC East (big game vs. you know who on Dec. 14).

Location: Bell Beverage – 2809 S. Front St. | Near the corner of Front & Oregon (South Phila), Just off I-95 Front Street Exit | Philadelphia, PA 19148

 

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