On the road west of La Fortuna, Costa Rica is this exceptional wood-fired barbecue restaurant called La Garrapata (The Tick). It’s actually one of two locations, the first being on the east side of town and more central. This spot along Highway 2 west of La Fortuna is still a locals place even in 2016, … Continue reading Restaurant La Garrapata
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.
Kramer-Wolf’s front room walls are stunningly yellow, adorned with various musical instruments and farm implements. Luckily the beer is as charming as the house, their Zoigl is lip-smacking and minerally and malty. It’s poured from pressurized keg through a gefälschte barrel, hazed amber gold topped by a fine white head. Fake barrel taps are not … Continue reading Zoiglstube Kramer-Wolf, Falkenberg
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
While I was in the islands I tried and reviewed 11 beers from the two Faroese breweries. Seven selections from Okkara and four from Föroya, including a pale lager made especially for the solar eclipse event, aptly named Sólarbjór. A solar eclipse commencement beer was an exciting first find at my hotel, but sadly it … Continue reading 11 Faroese Beers Reviewed
Seinsheim, Lower Franconia, population 1000, home of what may be the smallest brewery in Franconia. Seinsheimer Kellerbräu is housed in the side of the town church, where self-taught Frank Engelhardt and family open the doors every Friday while they brew. w Frank attends to the boil over the course of a Friday afternoon, some days … Continue reading Seinsheimer Kellerbräu
Photos from a visit to a modern Faroese production brewery 7 km south of Torshavn It was the day before the total solar eclipse in the Faroe Islands, I had arrived from Iceland the night before to be shuttled the 45 kilometers to Torshavn from the Vagar airport, unable to see anything out the window … Continue reading Okkara Bryggjarí – Velbastaður
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
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
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
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