The first FrankenBierFest in Rome opened on Friday March 20, 2015, but I was in Copenhagen for a stopover after flying from the Faroe Islands earlier that morning. That morning in Torshavn was my first viewing of a solar eclipse. I landed in Rome the next day and made my way directly to the festival … Continue reading FrankenBierFest in Rome
The book Birra in Franconia published by Publigiovane, is written by Manuele Colonna and recounts experiences, environments, tours, and anecdotes, lived by the author in continuing and long journeys to discover what is Franconia. The photographs were taken by the worldly beer traveler Michael James.
176 Pages. Shipping included.
Photos from a shoot at Ölvisholt Brugghús in March 2015. Located an hour east of Reykjavik near the town of Selfoss, Ölvisholt produces 30 hectoliters per batch on modern equipment housed in a rustic farmhouse. It was a special visit for me, as they have long been a personal favorite brewery, highlighted by a glass … Continue reading Ölvisholt Brugghús
Occasionally you have to stop for a minute and take in the sight of the beautiful building you’re about to enter for beer. A combination of old world aesthetics and small town charm prepare the visitor well for the warm and inviting confines you’re likely to find inside these traditional brewhouses.
Cassel is the heart of French beer country, and the rustic hill top estaminet ‘t Kasteelhof is perhaps the best place in the city to taste a variety of regional Bière de Garde, to be paired with the timeless French cuisine offered by their charming kitchen. The beer menu ranges from classic producers (St. Sylvestre, … Continue reading Estaminet ‘t Kasteelhof – Cassel
Our visit to Brasserie Dupont wasn’t the most memorable, but it fulfilled a sort of pilgrimage to this world classic and personal favorite brewery. We sat at La Forge to review a fresh draft pour of Redor Pils, and left with a small bottle of Biolégère (Avril). The highlight for me was watching the forklift … Continue reading Brasserie Dupont – Tourpes
In August 2014, I spent the day at Gänstaller Bräu while brewmaster Andreas and his daughter Daniela created their new bottom-fermented Amber Weizenbock. These photos are at attic level for steam-off in the coolship, where the last hop addition takes place. The Amber Weizenbock is 8.1% and 30 IBU, made with American hops, the aroma … Continue reading Gänstaller Bräu Brew Day for a new Amber Weizenbock
In November 2014 I visited Brauerei Gradl in the tiny Upper Franconian village of Leups, to drink their superb unfiltered 4.9% Dunkel from gravity barrel. This beer, or something like it, has been in production for 331 years since the brewery opened in 1683. Today, beer making is in the hands of Stefan Wolfring, son … Continue reading Brauerei Gradl, Leups-Pegnitz
Some breweries exist as their own museum. Seelmann Bräu has been in the hands of the Seelmann family since 1608, and the photographs hanging on the gastette wall act as a sort of historical exhibit for this 400 year-old family legacy. It’s a two hour journey by bus to Zettmannsdorf from Bamberg, and Seelmann does … Continue reading Seelmann Bräu, Zettmannsdorf
The sleepy green L’Hogneau river valley is home to the village of Gussignies, literally meters from the Belgian border. This is the French border region of Bavay, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, home to Brasserie Au Baron, makers of the classic French pale Biere de Garde Cuvée des Jonquilles. In addition to the Jonquilles, bottles of the Medard Ambree … Continue reading Au Baron – Gussignies
Or rather, why is wheat not traditionally used in lager? Before the Reinheitsgebot, the Munich city council decided that it would try to control brewing quality, and drafted laws that specified beer to only be made with barley, hops and water, not mentioning yeast. Prior to this, and before refrigeration, German beer made outside of … Continue reading Why Are There No Wheat Lagers?
I’ll be upfront: I consider De la Senne my favorite brewery in Belgium, and I consider Yvan De Baets the best brewer in Belgium. Taras Boulba and Taras Runa, Crushable Saison (and the new 3.2% version), as well as ongoing series of hoppy Belgian pale ales, De la Senne shines where few others go: low … Continue reading Brasserie De la Senne – Brussels
Fil and I took the bus from Pilsen to visit a new brewery called U Bizona (The Bison) in the village of Čižice. Only by the time we showed up at the door, the brewery was out of their own beer, offering instead the shameful Gambrinus 10° Svetly. Even if house beer were available, the … Continue reading Modrá Hvězda Dobřany
On the western edge of the Vltava in the heart of Prague is the John Lennon Wall, a collection of street art dedicated the artist’s memory. On Google Maps you can find the wall at Velkopřevorské Náměstí.
Thanksgiving Day 2013 was spent with Andreas Gänstaller at his brewery in Hallerndorf-Schnaid as he went about making the latest batch of Affumicator (9.6%). This meaty and savory melanoidin bomb of a doppelbock has been one of the rare 5.0 perfect ratings in my life. But we are at Gänstaller Brau to brew beer, not … Continue reading Brewing Affumicator Rauchdoppelbock with Andreas Gänstaller
Notes on New Zealand hop strains and New Zealand-made beer representing each. Nelson Sauvin12-13% AA, 6-8% beta High acid strain. The big one you’re heard of. Volatile thiol compounds are thought to be responsible for the distinct grape / gooseberry note. Described as similar in character to Sauvignon Blanc wine. Juicy and oily in the … Continue reading New Zealand Hop Strains
From large public space mural projects to the smallest inspiring dead-end alley, Wellington is certainly the most colorful town in New Zealand, and perhaps one of the most-painted in the world.
The Kirchweihfest of Lohndorf-Litzendorf filled the grounds of Brauerei Hölzlein on the night of August 10, 2014. In addition to the standard Hölzlein Vollbier, a 10 liter gravity barrel of a new Kirchweihbier was given to our table to sample. We were also treated to a young (approximately 3 weeks) version of a Czech-style Pils … Continue reading Festgottesdienst zur Kirchweih, Brauerei Hölzlein
Beer in Iceland is expensive, it’s no secret. Expect to pay upwards of $10 USD for a draft pint of craft beer, and 12oz bottles are not any cheaper on average. Iceland is expensive to drink, but relatively cheap otherwise for the winter traveler, so make a point to try as many different Icelandic beers … Continue reading Reykjavík Pub Guide: Where to Find Icelandic Craft Beer