Franz D. Hofer experienced a beer conversion during his first study year abroad in Germany. It wasn’t long before he learned that the beer garden is one of the most enjoyable places for a drink when the sun’s shining. He’s been traversing Central Europe ever since in search of those shady oases. Franz is a cultural historian, homebrewer, and author of the beer blog, A Tempest in a Tankard . When not writing, teaching, or brewing, Franz enjoys hiking and cycling, especially when there’s a beer garden along the way.