Pilsners dominate Americans’ perceptions of Czech beer, but the Central European country has a dark, beery secret. The second most popular brew in the Czech Republic is near-black tmavé pivo, or “dark beer,” a brewing style that actually predates pilsner — and upstages it in some Czech taverns. At Prague’s oldest brewery, U Fleků, founded in […]
Yes, there are obvious American beer travel destinations, like Denver, Portland, and even Asheville. And there are bucket-list beercations abroad, like Belgium and Germany. But for the beer lover looking to delve a little deeper into craft beer culture, an array of less obvious cities are becoming prime destinations for beer travel.
Anyone can sneak a few brown-bagged bottles into her luggage and transform even the dodgiest motel room into a private pub. (Other people do this, right?) But for those seeking slightly more elevated experiences, several American breweries offer overnight accommodations, either at or adjacent to production facilities. Boutique hotels are also getting in on the […]
Even the most militant craft beer evangelist drinks an industrial beer from time to time. When traveling, maybe; or when seeking comfort at the end of a long day. Or if there’s nothing else in the fridge. Without invoking (much) shame from the craft community, there’s a time and place for everything. I can cop […]
Among the more optimistic advertising slogans (”I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke,” ”Diamonds are Forever”) lies Miller High Life’s ”The Champagne of Beers” assertion. It’s so bold it reads almost as a dare, like when a celebrity self-identifies as down-to-earth in an interview aboard a private plane. Miller’s Champagne dreams, however, are surprisingly […]
It’s easy to get down these days about beer sales. Stories proclaiming 2017 the “worst year for beer volumes since 2009” have beer lovers in a tizzy. Thankfully, Gallup is here to save the day with a poll that found beer is still the most preferred alcoholic beverage in the U.S. The poll found that […]
One of the most whimsically enjoyable things about internet culture is the rise of cat culture. Tired of all of the body shaming and Schadenfreude on Instagram? Find some cat videos. Sick of subtweets and trolls on Twitter? Find the cats. And while this is a tried and true formula for joy in any area […]
It’s easy to mock ”Bar Rescue” because it should be the greatest show in television history and it manages to fall just a bit short, ranking somewhere in the upper-middle echelon along with ”Kate and Allie” and ”Good Times.” But even though it’s not everything it could be, it’s still reliably good and occasionally transcendent.
The first time I tried a banana-based spirit that blew me away was when a bartender poured me a shot of Giffard Banane Du Bresil, a delicious liqueur (sweetened spirit) made from distilled bananas. The liqueur was bursting with flavor and the fragrance of banana and toffee – the truly delicious treat spoiled me.