Soaking in Beer: Stepping into Budapest’s thermal beer spa

I’m deep inside the Széchenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest, a sprawling 67,000-square-foot menagerie of heated indoor and outdoor pools and baths, encased in Neo-Baroque architecture. Despite the grandeur, I’m feeling slightly naked while wrapped in my bath towel and swim trunks. Snaking through the private changing cabins, the scent hits me: Is that hops I […]

7 Continents of Beer

With all that’s happening with craft beer in the U.S., it’s easy to overlook the influence the movement is having on the world stage. Today, microbreweries can be found in every continent across the globe. Plucky young entrepreneurs are navigating complicated liquor laws to start breweries in their local communities, sometimes partnering with American expats […]

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The new era of cerveza artesanal in Quito, Ecuador

South America’s first brewery was founded in Quito, Ecuador by a Franciscan friar accustomed to drinking beer with his meals. In the 1500s, alcohol in this part of the world came mostly in the form of fermented corn drinks, such as chicha, which can still be found in roadside restaurants and traditional homesteads. For the […]

South Pole suds: A glimpse into Antarctica’s unlikely beer culture

The ice-covered continent of Antarctica is a frozen desert with no indigenous human population. And understandably so: With winds gusting up to 200 miles per hour, temperatures capable of dropping to record lows (the coldest recorded temperature was minus 128.56 degrees Fahrenheit on July 21, 1983), and frequent blizzards, Antarctica is one of the most […]

Craft beer wears the crown in Brisbane’s clash of beer cultures

Two types of beer were historically acceptable in Australia—cold and very cold. Given more than one-third of the world’s sixth largest country by area is effectively desert, it’s unsurprising light and easy lager was most common to quench the nation’s thirst. But Australians, whose reputation for enjoying a few icy beers around a barbecue is […]

Catching up on craft beer in Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is one of the biggest and most developed cities in the world with a greater metropolitan population of over 20 million. The home of Gangnam Style, K-pop, Korean cinema, Samsung, and kimchi, South Korea has been making a big splash in international culture. But in many ways it’s a […]

Skål from Skåne—Sweden’s southern county of craft beer

Craft beer proliferation in Skåne Sweden is a country often touted for its gender equality, generous parental leave policies, broadminded immigration, and environmental stewardship. But the country has received considerably less attention for its burgeoning craft beer movement. One region that has experienced robust growth in this area is Skåne. Situated at the southern tip […]

Camaraderie and craft beer at Cerveza México

The midnight black Russian imperial stout with its persistent cappuccino-colored head tasted just like it smelled: Huge chocolate notes backed by coffee, dark fruits, bitter hops, and anise coated my palate. My tongue tingled from the 12 percent ABV advertised on the placard hanging behind the bartender in the small stand on the crowded exposition […]

Cape of Good Hops: The state of craft beer in South Africa

Tucked away in the southwest corner of the African continent, Cape Town is known as the Mother City, and it is here that the South African craft beer scene was born just a few short years ago. Rewind a decade and you would have found a sole microbrewery in the beautiful coastal city. Today there […]

Denver: The Only City In The West

Colorado helped pave the way for craft beer nationwide. How is Denver beer getting on now that it’s mainstream? Take a window seat on the train ride from Denver International Airport to Union Station. On the half-hour trip from the middle of nowhere, watch the city come into focus through the dust and sun. Watch […]

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Culture in a glass: Lessons learned drinking through South Asia

Picture this: It’s 7,000 B.C. in the Henan province of northern China, and someone has just mixed up a concoction of hawthorn berries, honey, and rice into a bowl. After leaving it out for a few weeks, whether on purpose or by accident, the liquid spontaneously ferments into something sweet, pungent, and that, when imbibed, […]

Chasing the Beer Scene in the Canadian Rockies

The Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada, was not the first place I thought to visit when I weighed my options for a weeklong road trip to check out some craft breweries. This stretch of the Rockies in southeastern British Columbia is known for incredible powder in the winter and a wealth of activities in […]

The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Scintillating Santiago

Twenty years ago, Latin America wouldn’t have appeared on even the most optimistic beer traveler’s destination list. In fact, to head south from Boston or Chicago or Portland, Oregon, in the 1990s was to embark upon a slow journey toward beer mediocrity, beginning with the less exciting of the “fly over” states, followed by the […]

5 great under-the-radar beer cities

Every craft beer drinker has a list of the quintessential beer towns to visit in their lifetime. While the cities widely regarded as beer meccas in the United States remain affixed to the top of those lists, the explosive growth of American craft beer in the past two years has propelled many other cities into the […]

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The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: So you want to go on a beer trip?

It is a dedicated beer aficionado who is willing to rise at 6am to line up in the cold for a couple precious bottles of limited edition beer. It is an even more committed soul who is up for driving across a state line or two to partake in that same lineup. Then there are […]

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