Category: Around the World

¡Cervézanos!

Monterrey, Mexico The small but passionate craft beer community in Mexico has always had an uphill battle. But despite the many barriers to entry confronting them, the market has grown steadily over the years. It used to be nigh impossible…

‘t Arendsnest

Herengracht 90 Amsterdam, Netherlands I arrived in Amsterdam much later than originally planned. After checking into my hotel near Schiphol, it was already past 3:00 and the clock was ticking until the Rijksmuseum closed at 5:00. Both it and the Van Gogh…

Pig’s Pearls – GDL

Calle General Coronado #79 Col. Americana Guadalajara, México When evangelizing craft beer to the masses – especially in Mexico, where the inchoate industry faces a vertiginous uphill battle – proffering a deftly executed IPA to a man drinking Tecate is often like…

Cerveza Artesanal

Craft Beer in Mexico I had long been teased with the prospect of craft beer in Mexico by the likes of advertisements from Bohemia touting a Chocolate Stout. Nobody would accuse Bohemia of being craft, produced as it is by Cervecería…

BeerTemple

Amsterdam, Netherlands Once our friendly guide at In de Wildeman had laid out a map of all the places we should visit, the next stop was the BeerTemple. When traveling, I always like to get into the native trenches as…

Flood Distribution

The streets of early 19th century London must have been quiet. No automobiles motoring by or lorries rumbling, no pedestrians chatting on cellphones or televisions blaring advertisements in shop windows. Citizens would have been traipsing home from work or heading…

Birra Cooltura

Craft Beer in Venezuela Business travels routinely take me south of the border and, as any self-respecting peregrine beer aficionado would do, I look into the local craft scene to see what’s, ahem, brewing. That’s a fairly easy proposition when…

Tengo No Cash

Maracaibo, Venezuela Refracted through the prism of Spanish, the name “Venezuela” comes from the original Italian explorers’ recollection of their homeland upon seeing the stilted native lodgings along the coastal waterways of this stretch of the new world, dubbing it…

Lulu Limón

We’re hurtling down a highway on the outskirts of Villahermosa, in reverse, to get to a restaurant that has come highly recommended. Our guide informs us that the next u-turn isn’t for a number of miles, so he prefers to…

Koninginnedag

Today, Amsterdam is awash in a sea of orange as the Dutch celebrate Queen’s Day as they have for over 100 years. Making this one extraordinary, however, is the abdication of Queen Beatrix and the accession to the throne of…