beer culture

There’s a Czech Beer Brewers Are Obsessed With, And It’s Not Pilsner

There’s a Czech Beer Brewers Are Obsessed With, And It’s Not Pilsner

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 […]

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Bed, Brew & Beyond: Five Hotels for Beer Lovers

Bed, Brew & Beyond: Five Hotels for Beer Lovers

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 […]

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The Surprisingly Legit Reasons Miller High Life Is Called the Champagne of Beers

The Surprisingly Legit Reasons Miller High Life Is Called the Champagne of Beers

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 […]

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Inside The Mysterious World Of Banana Beer, A True Moonshine

Inside The Mysterious World Of Banana Beer, A True Moonshine

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.

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