Pursuing Pivos in Prague

For reasons that are not completely obvious to me Czech beers have had less impact on  American brewers than beer styles from elsewhere in Europe. Have a look at the commercial examples listed with each of the four subcategories of Czech lager in the BJCP style guidelines and you won’t find many familiar names.  When... Continue Reading →

Ale Spotting in Edinburgh

Scotland’s contributions to the world far exceed any reasonable expectation for a country with half the population of Ohio.  The world would be a duller place without the likes of whisky, golf, curling, kilts, bagpipes, and the catchy 80’s pop hit “In a Big Country”.  We can thank Scotland for the steam engine (James Watt),... Continue Reading →

Craft Beer Hunting in Japan

One of the perks of being an academic is the occasional opportunity to travel to faraway places. If you’ve been reading this blog for long enough you’ll know that I try to take advantage of these opportunities when I can. I’ve got a responsibility to my readers after all.  Earlier posts described my efforts to... Continue Reading →

Colorado Beercation Part 1 – Fort Collins

Have you ever gone on a beercation?  I’m not talking about working a few brewery visits into your normal vacation, but a trip where the itinerary revolves around seeking out and drinking the most delicious beer you can find. Learn about the intricacies of decoction mashing instead of wasting time at the art museum.  Visit... Continue Reading →

A Visit to Leipzig – Home of Gose

Last November work took me to Helsinki where I spent the weekend search for the elusive Finnish farmhouse ale, Sahti.  Fast forward six months and I find myself in Europe once again in search of a beer style that not so long ago was perilously close to extinction—gose.  Despite its German heritage gose thumbs its nose... Continue Reading →

Searching for Sahti in Helsinki

Most of my travel destinations are dictated by work or family commitments.  The beer excursions that you read about on the pages of this blog must be creatively worked into the itinerary of those trips.  This explains why my first report from Europe since starting this blog is not from Brussels or Munich, but from... Continue Reading →

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