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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Europe, Travel

Brewery Snapshot – Boundary Brewing in Belfast, Northern Ireland

I’m pretty stoked about this month’s Brewery Snapshot, which features Boundary Brewing in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Not only does the post paint a bright future for what’s in store for Northern Ireland’s craft beer scene, it also kick starts a new series on the blog focusing on beer and food in the once troubled country. I couldn’t think of a better way to launch a series on Belfast than with Boundary Brewing….

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Beer Festivals, Craft Beer Travel, Europe, Travel

Things to Know When Attending Starkbierfest in Munich

Thinking of planning a trip this fall to Munich to attend Oktoberfest? If it’s an authentic German festival you’re after, then I’d recommend thinking again. It’s true that Oktoberfest may be one of the world’s largest parties with over 6 million people in attendance over the 16-day event. However, how many of those people do you think are actually German? Not as many as you’d believe. Instead, consider attending Starkbierfest, Munich’s lesser-known…

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Europe, Food

Experience the New French Culinary Adventure

As Chef Sidney Bond of Le Calabash often says when talking about current affairs, “It’s a mad world that we live in.” With terrorist events stretching from Brussels to California to Bangladesh, I couldn’t agree with him more. Yet, as I sat in Le Calabash’s authentic French country kitchen getting ready to enjoy A French Culinary Adventure’s welcome dinner, a Taste of the Loire Valley, I couldn’t feel further away from that madness.     On the first day of the tour, my group gathered…

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Craft Beer Travel, Europe, Food, Restaurant Snapshot, Travel

Restaurant Snapshot: ‘T Molenhof Review in Oostvleteren, Belgium

One of my favorite movie quotes of all time comes from Spike in the movie Notting Hill. William comes home to find his eccentric roommate wearing a scuba costume. Bewildered, William asks, “Incidentally, uh, why are you wearing that?” “A combination of factors, really,” responds Spike, like he hadn’t given a second thought to the ridiculousness of his outfit. Deep. I know.     But that exact quote describes my day from…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Europe, Travel

Brewery Snapshot: Westvleteren 12 at Sint Sixtus Abbey in Belgium

On Monday, I began a new series on the blog covering my trip to Belgium last spring. On Tuesday, terrorists launched a series of cowardice attacks in Brussels. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Belgium. Based on the advice from friends, I considered delaying the series. However, as I pondered this decision, the justification for not publishing the articles became more and more unclear. Was it out of sensitivity…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Europe, Travel

Brewery Snapshot: De Struise Brouwers in Oostvleteren, Belgium

This edition of Brewery Snapshot* takes a look at De Struise Brouwers in Oostvleteren, Belgium. With the brewery’s limited hours – Saturday’s from 2-6:00pm – many beer tourists overlook Struise on their beer pilgrimage to neighboring Saint Sixtus Abbey to drink Westvleteren 12. This is a huge mistake. Struise brews creative and innovative beers that are a pleasant contrast to the discipline and tradition of a Trappist Brewery. Besides the beer, Struise…

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Europe, Travel

21 Photos from a Spanish Village That Will Make You Want to Live There

Europe has a history that we as Americans can’t even fathom. Our idea of historic towns include Boston, Savannah, Williamsburg, and Saint Augustine. Sure, those cities are fun to visit, they tell a great story of country, but they lack the culture that dates back many more centuries in hillside villages dotted throughout Spain or Italy. This is one of the reasons why I crave European travel. I enjoy straying outside of…

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Europe, Food, Travel

11 Must Eat Foods in Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona attracts us to Catalonia with the promise of Gaudi and Picasso. However, it’s the cuisine that most impresses us. From Avant-garde Michelin star to traditional Spanish and Catalan dishes, the region is quickly becoming known more for its food than its art. Any foodie worth his or her fork needs to make the pilgrimage to Catalonia. Start in Barcelona and then explore the rest of the region. Here are 11 must…

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Europe, Travel

Kayaking the Ebro River in Spain

After a four-course lunch and copious amounts of wine in the village of Benifallet in Spain’s Terres de l’Ebre region, we abandoned our bikes for the next leg of the (somewhat) adventure laden journey – kayaking the Ebro River. I know. It probably wasn’t the best idea given that we lost track of our wine intake at lunch with the carafes that kept arriving at our table and into our glasses. I…

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Europe, Travel

Biking Terres de l’Ebre Greenway in Spain

So maybe I’m not always about food and craft beer travel here at TWG. Sometimes, I like to put the fork down and head out for a little adrenaline filled adventure travel. Shocking. I know. But it’s true. Life can’t always be lived in a beer mug. Every once in a while, it’s good to breathe a little fresh air outside of a shaded beer garden and experience the great outdoors. To…

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