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]

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]

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]

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]

The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Drinking in Thoroughly Modern London

During the latter part of his enormously successful career, the late Michael Jackson, beer writer extraordinaire, employed an assistant named Owen Barstow. Like Michael, Owen was London based and beer fixated, which on one memorable occasion led to he and I enjoying a rollicking discussion about drinking on each of our respective sides of the … [ Read more]

The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Kansas City

I’m going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come It may well be possible to visit Kansas City, Missouri, without making a special trip to the corner of 18th Street and Vine, a historic cradle of American jazz, but for me it was not. So, after the beer tasting and dinner I hosted at … [ Read more]

The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Something About Buffalo, NY

Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading beer writers, Stephen Beaumont is the author or co-author of 10 books about beer, including The World Atlas of Beer (2012) and two editions of The Pocket Beer Guide (2013 & 2014), all co-written with Tim Webb. His new book, The Beer & Food Companion, will be … [ Read more]