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Sheesh! When you read that it’s so cold that beer can’t be shipped, it is just too cold. And it means that even those of us who are living the good life in the temperate southern states could even be affected by winter weather. Not good. We all need to take a stand against this crazy cold crap and find some ways to warm the heck up! Thankfully, we have some ideas to help you grin and beer it!
Get out to some fabulous fests! This is fest season, people! We have some great fests coming up in February here are 2 of our favorite upcoming options:
The Tailpsin Ale Fest on Feb. 17 is held in the WW II era hangar at Louisville Executive Aviation in Louisville, KY. This brewnique fest with over 75 local and national American craft breweries will also have a special “Kentucky Heritage” section featuring beers brewed in the bluegrass state. There will be vintage airplanes on display and photo opportunities with pin-up girls, live entertainment and some of Louisville’s best food trucks on hand.
In Florida, where heat is more the issue than cold, The Best of the Belgians BrewFest in Boca Raton FL. will be held inside an air-conditioned facility at the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach! The fest will be the first of its kind in South Florida to feature Belgian-made and Belgian-inspired beers from breweries around world, including many local brews, offering beer lovers a rare opportunity to sample an enormous selection of some of the best Belgian-made and Belgian-inspired beers.
During the event, more than 60 beers will be flowing from local, national, and globally-known brewers like Ommegang and Orval, as well as some that are lesser known on this side of the pond, but have a fan base here such as De Struise, De Dolle, Abbaye des Rocs and De La Senne.
Barrel of Monks, hosts of this fest and other Florida breweries will also be sharing their own takes on Belgian-style beers. VIP ticket holders will have access to specialty beers that will make any Belgian beer fan’s mouth water, from Westvleteren 12 to Cantillon’s Fou’ Foune (a lambic ale with apricot) among others.
Tickets were still available for both fests at the time of this posting. Please see our fest and event page for other upcoming fests!
Cozy up with some Beer & Chocolate Pairings
Wait until Valentine’s Day is over and hit up your local stores for all of the leftover valentine’s chocolate on sale! Grab some of the good stuff while it’s a deal, pick out some nice warming beers and host your own beer and chocolate pairing! Feeling guilty about this type of indulgence? Check out our previous articleto learn why you should be eating chocolate and drinking beer!
Warm up with a Winter Warmer Beer! Pick up a winter warmer beer. This is the time of year to enjoy something a little different, like Cascade Brewing’s Glueh Kriek. In London and elsewhere from the 17-19th centuries a drink called “flip” was served during the winter. It was a concoction of warmed ale, brandy or rum, sugar and spices like nutmeg. This article on Vinepairoffers suggestions on how to make your own winter warmer beer.
Warm Up Your Brain by learning about a Hottle! Did you know that long before you were warming up your morning brew with a portable heating rod in your hotel room, folks were warming up the other kind of brew with a tool similar to a fire poker called a loggerhead, flip dog or a hottle! Check out this interesting article on beer warmers to learn more.
Warm Up by Planning a Summer Vacation to the Sunny South of France for some beer… along with wine tasting, gourmet food, sightseeing, truffle hunting, medieval villages and some amazing experiences during our Provence Dreams Vacation. Sure, it may be more wine than beer, but if you are a wine fan as well, the thought of staying in a Chateau in the middle of a vineyard just outside of Châteauneuf du Pape should warm your heart!
Staying in Shape and Drinking Beer – You Can Enjoy Both in the New Year!
It’s funny. People always ask me how I stay in shape while I “drink so much beer”.
I have to confess, I probably don’t drink half as much beer as it may appear from my social media posts. I like to share good beer, beer travel and beer experiences with my friends and followers, both in person and online, so most of my pics reflect this. However, drinking beer on a regular basis comes along with the job description when you are the CEO of a beer vacation company. And as someone who spent most of their youth out of shape, (yes, I was that kid that got picked last in gym class) I am motivated to keep myself healthy and fit. I spent years on the diet yo-yo and went up and down 20 pounds from high school all the way through my 20s. By the time I was 30 (and I’m not telling how long ago that was!) I finally figured it out:
The number of calories that you take in must equal the amount burned off by your activities of daily living and/or exercise in order to maintain your weight. If you want to lose weight, you need to burn more than you take in. If you consume more than you burn off, you will gain weight. Simple math.
Dieting don’t work for most people, at least not in the long run. If you have a mindset that you are “going on a diet”, which many folks equates to depriving themselves to some degree, then you are likely planning to go off that diet at some point, which means reverting to your previous eating & exercise habits and potentially backsliding to your previous state. If instead of dieting, you choose to change your lifestyle to incorporate healthy options without giving up your own personal “dietary vices” i.e. beer, ice cream etc., then you can move forward toward your goals.
So, how do I drink beer(and eat chocolate and ice cream!) and stay in shape? By balancing my intake/output, keeping in mind that moderation is key.
The following guidelines will help you to make the transition to a fit lifestyle that incorporates beer.
You don’t have to finish everything that is put in front of you. This is something to consider, i.e. if you are in Belgium where they like to present a full pour in the proper glassware, rather than offer tasters. It can be hard to resist, but if you are at a brewery and are being offered full pours as samples of 3 of their high ABV beers, you may want to consider sharing with a friend or just not finishing the whole thing, especially if you are heading out for more beer tasting afterwards. You may also just be at a local brewery in the US where you ordered a flight. You like three of the beers and don’t like the others. There is so much good beer all around us, life it too short to waste empty calories on beer, or any food or beverage you don’t like.
Water is your friend. It is good to balance your beer drinking with your water intake
Beer, or even treats such as chocolate, ice cream etc.needs to be accounted for in your daily/ weekly eating plan. To do so, you need to figure out the approximate calorie count in the beers or other treats you consume regularly, as well as what your daily calorie intake should be. (More on this below). The majority of your calories should come from healthy, nutritious foods. Beer and desserts should be a decidedly lower percentage of your daily calorie consumption. If you are having a beer or two, you may not want to have ice cream the same day.
Keep Moving. There are plenty of exercise options and advice to be had all from all around. Nowadays, you can even join other beer lovers and combine your beer drinking with your fitness regimen. Yoga in Breweries and at beer events is so popular that it was written about in the Wall Street Journal. Beer marathons and beer running clubs are another way to burn up your beer fuel. There are bike & beer events as well. Some breweries even offer discounts if you ride your bike there. Of course, we all know that beer calories on Beercation don’t count! Well, okay, that is wishful thinking, but on our Bon Beer Voyage tours we often have walking tours in the cities we visit so we can burn off some of that great beer we consume!
Learning what the calorie counts are for the majority of foods you eat regularly is fairly easy. There are tons of apps, books and online info as well as articles on diets, what helps curb appetite, healthy recipes, etc. Most of us have learned or know where to find the basics about incorporating lean protein, “good carbs” and even healthy fats into your diet. So now all you need to know is how to figure out how the beer fits in.
This will give you an idea what the average caloric intake should be for someone of your age, gender and activity level and will give you a baseline to work with.
As far as figuring out how many calories are in your beer, there are charts listing the calories on some beers out there, but a lot of them are for beers you do not likely drink if you are reading this blog. J If you are brewing your own and know the Original and Final Gravity there is a formula that will give you an exact calculation. However, if you are not brewing your own but merely a consumer, as long as you know the ABV, you will be close enough to determine approximately how much of your desired beer you can consume while keeping within your preferred daily or weekly caloric intake by using this formula:
%ABV x 2.5 = # of calories per oz. of beer.
Note: If you are drinking a beer with more residual sugars, then you should use 3 as your multiplier to get a closer estimate.
The trick is, to not replace your entire daily input with “empty” calories, but to eat well, using most of these calories to feed your body the nutrients it needs and then enjoy, in moderation, your beer. Don’t deprive yourself of things you enjoy, but just remember to be aware of how much you consume and how many calories this translates to. Then make sure to move enough to burn it off. (Put that Fit Bit to good use!)
To sum it all up: Eat. Drink. Move. Keep count and make it count.
And you, too, can literally have your cake and eat it too, or in this case have your beer drink it too.
One in Boston– There is a reason Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Festis now going strong in its 16th year- this is a bucket list item for all beer geeks, so make sure you buy yourself a ticket as well. One in Colorado– If you are looking for a winter getaway surrounded by winter sports and full of great beer and beer events, Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywine Fest still has ticket available. You can up your game and add a beer paired dinner to your tickets to make this a truly memorable gift!
2. Books from Pete Brown, award-winning beer writer and Chair of the British Guild of Beer Writers
Pete is one of the coolest guys we know in the beer community. He always has a fresh, interesting perspective to share in his lectures, articles and/or whatever book of his you are reading. Fortunately, not only are his books available on Amazon, but you can also get Audible books and or Kindle versions which you can download immediately (i.e. in time for the holidays)! Check out his website for a listing of his books and links to Amazon US or UK https://www.petebrown.net/books/
3. Best. Gift. Ever.
You know we’d never miss an opportunity to invite you to travel with us, so wanted to make sure you knew that we have availability on most tours listed, but heads up that early booking prices will end and prices will increase after Christmas for the Asheville Beer Safari Weekend. This Year’s Asheville trip is updated with a slew of new brewery visits, including Sierra Nevada, Zillicoa and Highland! Check out our Current Beercations and Beer Safaris and give someone the best gift ever: The Beercation of a Lifetime!
Along with joy, holidays can also bring stress. Especially when it comes to finding the perfect gift. We’ve all been the recipient of that “perfect” gift from our well-intentioned friend or relative. You know, like Great Aunt Tillie who thought that being a craft beer lover meant that you totally needed a singing beer bottle opener that doubled as an alarm clock. And who knows, we may have at some point, unknowingly gifted some of these type of gifts ourselves.
Well don’t stress. We’re here to help. Below you will find our take on some Good and Bad gift choices. Hopefully you will find some enlightenment among these. You may even want to print out a few copies to share with Aunt Tillie and the rest of the family!
Get this: Gift Card for Northen Brewer. Northern Brewer gift cards invite homebrew enthusiasts to shop their extensive collection and select exactly what they want most – from premium beer recipe kits and ingredients to quality brewing equipment. Plus they offer live brewer support 7 days a week so your gift recipient is sure to get exactly what they are wishing for!
Not This: Suzy Beer Mitt, Knit Beverage Insulating Koozie, Beer Glove Looks like grandma was trying to knit socks when she was drinking…
With the coffee cup thing behind us, we will say that sometimes hiding things is okay. Like a cool gift wrapping that will throw you off of what is really inside. In this case, the wrapping is a fake box which will make your recipient think you bought them something as tacky as one of the “Do not buy gifts lifted above! From the Amazon listing: PRANK GIFT BOXES at first appear to contain bizarre products from ridiculous companies. Simply pack the real gift inside, and try to keep a straight face as you watch your friends & loved ones attempt to remain gracious while thanking you for the “Beer Beard Secret Beverage Dispenser”. Then watch them explode with laughter when they discover their actual gift inside and realize they’ve been pranked.
What’s the weirdest “beer gift” you ever gave or received?
This summer, I discovered a Belgian beer that I hadn’t tried before and really enjoyed- and I wasn’t even in Belgium at the time! I was in NY and the beer that tickled my tastebuds is not even available commercially yet in the US. I was at an event at the Flanders Investment and Trade Office in New York City. The trade event was held during the 2nd Annual North American Belgian Beer Week and was designed to introduce Belgian breweries that have an interest in bringing their beers to the US market to potential importers as well as shops, media and catering outlets.
The beer was Dame Jeanne’s Brut D’Anvers, a Belgian Brut Beer.
Brewers Patrick Theunissen, from Dame Jeanne and Mark Struyf, from Brewery Den Triest designed the recipe for this award-winning beer which Brewery Den Triest brews and then sends to be finished (fermentation on champagne yeast, riddling, freezing, de-yeasting from the bottles, corking, labeling and packing the bottles) in their production site: Dame Jeanne.
Dame Jeanne is unique in that while there have been other “champagne- style” brut beers brewed in Belgium, these beers have traditionally been sent to France to be completed via méthode champenoise. Jeanne Damme’s line of beers are entirely produced in Belgium, from start to finish.
I asked Patrick a few questions about his beer and his thoughts on bringing it to the US Market. Here is what he had to say:
Name: Patrick Theunissen
Position at Company: Owner
Where are your beers now? i.e. what countries?
We are a very small local company. We are going to expand our production in a new warehouse by the end of this year so we just started to look into possibilities from other countries. This summer we started to export to France, Spain and Norway. In October we will send our first shipment to Australia and expand our distribution network into the Netherlands. We are also testing the beer at this moment to start export to Japan.
Why do you want to come into the American market?
There are so many Beers in the American market, and also many good national beers, but Brut beers “methode traditional” is not known by brewers in the states.
When do you think we will be seeing your beers here?
On the Belgian Beer week in New York we had positive reactions from the catering industry who wanted to work with our products but we didn’t find an importer yet… so no idea when it will be available in the US, but always welcome to come and drink our beers in Belgium.
There are so many Belgian beers, What is special about your beer that makes it something worth seeking out in Belgium as well as bringing to the USA?
At Dame Jeanne we transform basic tasty Belgian beers into pearly bubbly brut beers, which charm both beer and wine lovers alike. We do this by “champagning” the basic beers completely in keeping with the “méthode traditionnelle”. Thanks to a controlled refermentation with champagne yeast in the bottle by way of manual riddling and traditional de-yeasting.
We are the only production who is doing riddling and freezing from bottled beer in Belgium.
What is your next favorite beer? brewery? (Aside from your own, that is.)
Gouden Carolus Whisky infused, brewery Het Anker and of course Triest IPA from brewery Den Triest….but this beer you will not find in the states.
How long have you been in the beer industry and what attracted you to beer/brewing in the first place?
We where originally making sparkling wine. In 2013 we started the beer project in cooperation with Marc Struyf from microbrewery Den Triest one of the best brewers in Belgium with a tremendous knowledge of the all hops you can find on this world.
Marc knew how to make great beer, we had the knowledge to make good sparkling wine. So why not combine the best of 2 worlds into 1 special drink? This resulted in our first beer Dame Jeanne “Brut d’Anvers”, the most champagne-like beer on the market.
In 2016 I completed the brewers school in Brussels so I can create my own beer and fully understand the whole process…but also today Marc is still sharing his knowledge so we can transform the exceptional basic beer into a tasty and pearly brut beer with a firm head.
Anything else really cool that you want to share with our readers?
Beer connoisseur and author of various international beer guides, Derek Walsh, called the Brut d’Anvers the most champagne-like and best brut beer that he had ever tasted. In our first year this brut beer won first prize at the Modeste beer festival in Antwerp, and was also pronounced to be the best brut beer at the Brussels Beer Challenge international beer competition.
I recently had the good fortune of meeting Géraldine Legein & Gaëtan Vandenbulcke, founders of Bossuwé Brewing Co, at a Belgian Beer Week event at the Flanders Investment and Trade office in NYC. While I admit what first attracted me to their table was not the beer, but their monkey logo (I have a special place in my heart for monkeys), I was pleased to discover that they did not ‘monkey around’ when it came to producing good beer. Hop onto their website and you’ll see that they really have something special going on. Their talent and creativity is showcased just as well through their entertaining blog as it is with their wide range of tasty, award-winning beers.
Their beer is not yet available here in the US, but they’re working on that. Meanwhile, you can find it in Belgium and fortunately for our Beercationers, we will be mooring nearby their home base one evening during our upcoming Belgium and France Beercation Cruise itinerary and plan on sharing some beers with our new friends.
Straight from the Monkey’s Mouth
I asked them to tell us a little about their brewery and plans to move into the US market and was honored to not only receive a response from Géraldine and Gaëtan, but also from Tony, the monkey!
Name: Géraldine Legein & Gaëtan Vandenbulcke
Position at Brewery:
Where are your beers now?
In fridges all over the country.
Why do you want to come into the American market? It’s a good excuse to have a drink on the other side of the Atlantic. Also, we’re on a pursuit of happiness.
When do you think we will be seeing your beers here?
All in good time.
There are so many Belgian beers, What is special about your beer that makes it something worth seeking out in Belgium as well as bringing to the USA? We seem to have developed a very particular style of brewing, focusing on radical innovation, on weird and new beer styles and top quality levels while apparently remaining accessible for a surprisingly wide audience.
What is your next favorite beer? brewery? (Aside from your own, that is.)
There’s a time and a place for everything.
How long have you been in the beer industry and what attracted you to beer/brewing in the first place? We’re pretty new in the industry. And we’ve always liked to have a great beer.
Anything else really cool about your beer/brewery that you want to share with our readers? We’re hiring.
Position at Brewery:
Where are your beers now?
They must be down here somewhere. Let me take another look.
Why do you want to come into the American market? Green card
When do you think we will be seeing your beers here?
A lot will depend on the time-space continuum.
There are so many Belgian beers, What is special about your beer that makes it something worth seeking out in Belgium as well as bringing to the USA? It sometimes gets you drunk.
What is your next favorite beer? brewery? (Aside from your own, that is.)
Nothing like a Bud Light
How long have you been in the beer industry and what attracted you to beer/brewing in the first place? The women.
Anything else really cool about your beer/brewery that you want to share with our readers? We’re hiring
Get a Job!
Sounds like a fun brewery to work for! If you live in or plan to relocate to Kortrijk, Belgium, you might want to apply for a position!
Stay Tuned for more Belgian Beer Updates
Stay tuned to our blog by signing up for our free monthly brewsletter! We’ll be sure to let you know when some of these beers start escaping from Belgium, as well as news about other Belgian beers, Belgian Beercations, and even contests to win a trip to Belgium coming your way in upcoming posts!
As summer is comes to an end and you return from your vacation and head back to ‘the grind’, we’d like to offer a suggestion to those of you who have asked us about “living the dream”…
DON’T GO BACK TO THE GRIND. DO WHAT YOU LOVE. LOVE WHAT YOU DO. FIND OR CREATE WORK IN THE INDUSTRY YOU LOVE. LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO HAVE A CAREER THAT FEELS LIKE A GRIND!
There are a lot of opportunities out there, all over the world. Open the links and start opening the possibilities!
Where: Florida Company: Harpoon brewery Position: rep Website posting job: Link to Job
Notes: We chose this position to post since we like their list of ‘philosophies’ on how they run their business:
-Treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves
-Work like an owner and think like a customer
-Make great beer and revel in it or as we say to the rest of the world: Love Beer. Love Life.
-We love the beer we brew, and we love drinking it together. We’re looking for people who share a commitment to excellence and a sense of humor to join our growing team
Where: NY Company: Remarkable liquids Position: Sales Representative to service accounts in Brooklyn, NY. Website posting job: Link to Job
What piqued our interest: How cool would it be to work for a company with a name like that?
Notes from job posting: Remarkable Liquids, independent, passionate distributor and importer of the finest fermented beverages, is a fast-growing Craft Beer Distributor. We made Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5000 fastest growing private companies in America in 2016 and 2017. Currently, we are looking for a Sales Representative to service accounts in Brooklyn, NY. This position offers the opportunity to become part of a great team of individuals driven to deliver the best quality Craft Beer to our customers.
Where: Brussels Position: Assistant Manager Company: BrewDog Website posting job: Link to Job
Notes from their Job description: BE OUR CRAFT BEER GEEK. OUR PEOPLE GUARDIAN. OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE WIZARD. BREWDOG NEEDS YOU!
Where: London: Company: Harviestoun Brewery Position: Export Sales Manager – Europe Website posting job: Link to Job
Notes from their post: At Harviestoun Brewery, our vision is simple – to continue to produce some of the World’s best Craft beers and maintain our reputation as one of the UK’s Craft brewing pioneers and innovators.
What We Wonder: Can you call yourself a Master of Malt if you work for them? That would be a great title!
Noteworthy from their post: Master of Malt is an international, multiple award winning online spirits and drinks retailer. We have been in business for over 30 years and offer the finest range of single malts, other fine spirits and beers. We love drinks, we love technology, and we love to shout about it!
We’re looking for an exceptional PR executive/manager to help us do just that!
Where: Australia Brewery: Bright Brewery, Bright, Victoria Position: – Sales Representative & Brand Ambassador (North East Victoria) Job Website: Link to Job
What we dug about their job description: -This position offers a chance to live in a truly beautiful place with world class mountain biking, cycling, hiking, camping, paragliding, snow and river sports. We encourage broad and active lifestyles, and flexible working arrangements may be negotiated to accommodate this.
-The right person will be rewarded with an attractive reward package and work life balance.
Where: China Brewery: Slow Boat Brewery Position: Sales Job Website: Link to Job
What we think is cool? The brewery’s name: Slow Boat… as in Slow Boat to China, get it?
From their website: Founders, Daniel Hebert and Chandler Jurinka, both Americans and long-term Beijing expats, became friends in 2009 over their shared appreciation for craft beer. Two years later, Slow Boat Brewery was born out of their desire to bring North American brewing styles to China, while still creating uniquely Chinese beers. The name “Slow Boat” comes from the song, “Slow Boat to China” written by Frank Loesser in the late 40s. The lyrics refer to a long enjoyable trip from the United States to China… an aptly fitting metaphor if we do say so ourselves.
Where: At first, Canada ….then remote, i.e work from Home!!!
Company: Cask Global Canning Solutions
From their website: Cask Global Canning Solutions sends our equipment and people all over the world and love enabling success for our customers from very diverse backgrounds. The industries we operate in are young, entrepreneurial and most importantly – fun! Cask has grown from less than a dozen staff five years ago to more than 50 today and has sustained CAGR revenue growth of 30% for over a decade. Sounds awesome right?
Position: our Inside Sales / Account Executives (AE) are responsible for generating Sales Actionable Leads through a combination of inbound and outbound efforts.
Job offering site: Link to Job
Noteworthy bits from their job description: Our ideal candidate is someone who loves to help create things, solve problems, is energized by interacting with people from all different walks of life and liberally applies a healthy sense of humour to have fun while doing so. They thrive when they don’t have all the answers, the process isn’t defined and the tools aren’t built. They are truly entrepreneurial, write their own material, get stuff done without many resources, and adapt quickly.
Anything less than blackbelt level Google/web skills and ninja social media ability need not apply.
Where: Germany Job: various Company: Paulaner Website: Link to Job
Notes: If you speak German, here is a whole listing of jobs with Paulaner.
And Last, but certainly not least, the ad for the next job read: Get Paid to Drink Beer!
Where: Ireland Job: Craft Beer Taster Company: The Beer Club Job Website: Link to Job
Notes from their job posting: Have you ever dreamt of being paid to drink beer? Well, that could soon become a reality as we’re looking for beer lovers to earn a living, tasting new and innovative beers. Yes, this could just be the best job in the world
TheBeerClub.ie, Ireland’s largest online craft beer store, are searching for part-time staff to join the company as official beer tasters. Beer tasters are key in helping TheBeerClub.ie keep their online store up to date with accurate and fun beer descriptions. A successful candidate will join the team to be on the edge of the Craft Beer industry in Ireland.
Good Luck to all applicants. Please let us know if any of you end up with any of these positions! Cheers!
Drink Like a Local: Pick a Location for your Beercation and don’t try to see a country a day. There is much to see in each country and in each town you visit. Why not spend a few days and soak up the local vibes.
Do Your Research if you are going on your own. If you are traveling with a tour company, they should have the 411 on openings and closings of local pubs and have set up appointments in advance for any touring you will be doing. If you are on your own, make sure to check in advance for opening/closing times and current info on the places you want to visit. Be aware of Holidays in the places you are visiting- this may affect everything from train schedules to brewery openings.
Cash is King Although credit cards are accepted in many places, there are breweries and pubs in Europe that only accept cash, so if you are looking to pick up that logoed bike jersey than you should make sure you hit the cash machine prior to your visit. Speaking of the cash machine, cash machines tend to offer some of the best exchange rates. If you are paying with a credit card, make sure that if you have the option to pay in Euros or USD, you choose Euros. If you choose the other way, you will be paying an extra fee. Your credit card company will automatically change the euro amount back into USD before they bill you so no need for this added expense.
Be prepared to pack your souvenir beers properly for the journey home. There is nothing worse than spending your precious Beercation time running around Brussels looking for packing tape and bubble wrap. Likely you won’t find the bubble wrap. Bring this with you, along with a duffle to put your clothes in when you fill your suitcase with beer. Take a look at our article “To ship or to Schlep” for more on this.
Cover Your Butt Travel insurance is not only for old, sick people! Stuff Happens. That is just the way it is. Stuff can happen to family at home that causes you to need to cancel a trip, suitcases get lost or damaged, people have dental and medical stuff come up. Flights get delayed and connections get missed. I repeat, Stuff Happens. This is what Travel Insurance is for. Make sure you are covered by a reputable company and that your policy covers weather issues as well as medical. US Healthcare insurance is not worth much once you are outside of the US. For quotes on coverage, click here anduse location number 08-9878.
Make Reservations: Don’t miss out on the opportunity for great food and beer pairings. Do your research on restaurants as well as bars and breweries. Then reserve your spot in advance so you don’t have to worry about where to go at the last minute. Instead you can sit down, relax and enjoy some hopefully perfect pairings.
Mind your Ps and Qs It never hurts and often helps to make sure you can say Please and Thank you in the local language. You’d be surprised how far just making the effort can go.
If you are a serious craft beer drinker, undoubtedly someone who is new to craft beer or even someone as geeky as you, will ask: “What is your favorite beer? Favorite brewery? Favorite beer event?” The answers seem to get harder all the time as the craft beer movement continues to swell both in the US and abroad. And while you can’t be everywhere and drink everything, having some input from a large, like-minded consensus can help you navigate what you can put on your bucket list. And your opinion matters, or you wouldn’t be asked these questions repeatedly. So here is your chance to help share your love for your favorite brewery, brewpub, beer scene and more. It’s time once again to cast your vote for USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best of Beer. Here is a link to all of the categories.
Fair warning, pondering over the lists of all of these great breweries, fests etc, may cause extreme thirst, so grab a beer before you start voting!
If you want to learn more or share your thoughts on the nominees, the lists and your favorites, join us and @10Best on March 14th at 2pm EST for a #10BestTravel Twitter Chat on the Best of Beer! http://bit.ly/BestofBeer.