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, … [ Read more]

My cousin Ulli: A quest for non-traditional beer in Germany and Belgium

Like many natives of the Midwest, I am part Rheinländer German. My mother’s family is from Trier, a city near the border of Luxembourg; they were captains of riverboats on the Moselle and the Rhine. I graduated as a German major at the University of Iowa and studied for a semester in Göttingen, then in … [ Read more]

Southern Florida’s craft beer scene heats up

The state of Florida has only recently adopted craft beer into its drinking culture. That’s largely due to Prohibition-era blue laws that make it difficult to open a craft brewery. As a result, the majority of craft breweries here are less than three years old. But what the state lacks in longevity, it makes up … [ Read more]

The Wide World of Beer: 15 of the world’s greatest food & beer destinations

One of the first dedicated temples of beer and food I ever visited, perhaps the first, didn’t even make the cut when I was compiling a list of 100 Great Beer & Food Destinations for my latest book, “The Beer & Food Companion.” It was In ‘t Spinnekopke, which I and a generation of early … [ Read more]

To Utah, With Love: My first date in the land of 3.2% beer

It’s a Thursday in mid-February and I’m on the second day of a four-day first date. It’s going well, so far. My date is a kind man, with eyes that are somehow both the deepest green and the most striking blue. Turquoise, maybe. He’s driving me around in a new car and wearing an attractive … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

The Wide World of Beer: Southern California Dreaming

Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, I hosted a series of beer tastings at the bar in the Four Points LAX, then known as the “Beer Hotel.” Those were the days when Southern California was a pretty sad place for beer, so our events featured mostly beers from the state’s northern half, mixed … [ Read more]

Explore a new side of China on an 8-day craft beer tour

The popularity of craft beer is a world-wide trend, including in China, where microbreweries are popping up all over the country. Capitalizing on this, and China’s plethora of historical sites, China Special Tours (CST) is launching a new tour this fall that pairs ancient sites and with craft beer sampling. Starting in Beijing on September 24 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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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 … [ Read more]

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The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Exploring Belgium’s Second City, Antwerp

On my first trip to Belgium, I spent most of my time in Brussels. This is hardly surprising, since it is: a) the capital and by a fair degree the country’s largest city; b) an easy place to navigate in English, even back in the 1990s; and c) accessible by train directly from the airport. … [ Read more]

The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Amazing Asheville

When you think of American craft beer capitals—because, really, no one should buy into the notion that there can be just one—the obvious cities might include Seattle or Portland, Boston or Chicago, maybe even the self-proclaimed “America’s Best Beer-Drinking City” of Philadelphia. One that won’t come immediately to mind is the modest urban hub of … [ Read more]

The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: A Slow Boat and a Great Leap to Beijing

You’ve got to be at least a little bit nuts to travel to Beijing for beer. Because even though China leads the world by leaps and bounds in terms of beer production, brewing over half a billion hectoliters annually, per capita consumption is low—not much above 32 liters per year—and the impact of craft-styled beer … [ Read more]

The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Touring Toronto’s Brewery Renaissance

For many years, Toronto was a relatively brewery-deprived city. I mean, yes, there were breweries, including one of Ontario’s first—the now-defunct Upper Canada Brewing—along with a few early brewpubs. But compared with other cities, even other Canadian cities such as Victoria and Montréal, there wasn’t a whole lot to be had. Fortunately, that’s all changed … [ Read more]