It seems that every town in the southern German state of Bavaria — no matter how small — has a brewery, and beer is brewed by all sorts of people. And before you judge farmer Zausinger for his morning beer run, consider who he bought it from: Sister Doris Engelhard, a 72-year-old Franciscan nun. She claims to be the world’s last nun brewmeister, and woe unto anyone who would argue that title. Read or listen to more at NPR
These pretty Italian villages want to pay you $33,000 to move in
Ever dreamed of opening an artisan boutique and settling down for good in an idyllic village in Italy’s deep south where it’s warm almost all year-round — and get paid to do it?
For those willing to take the plunge, it could soon no longer be just a dream.
The region of Calabria plans to offer up to €28,000 ($33,000) over a maximum of three years to people willing to relocate to sleepy villages with barely 2,000 inhabitants in the hope of reversing years of population decline.
These include locations near the sea or on mountainsides — or both.
This isn’t money for nothing, however. To get the funds, new residents must also commit to kickstarting a small business, either from scratch or by taking up preexisting offers of specific professionals wanted by the towns.
There are a few other catches, too.
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Vinepair’s Best Virtual Tours of Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries
Close to 300 million Americans are currently in stay at home mode.
These measures have left many of us seeking new and novel forms of entertainment. Some enjoy virtual happy hours with friends, while others have elevated those experiences by introducing virtual drinking games to new and old friends. Pretty much all of us are drinking more, with many taking advantage of alcohol delivery services for the first time. But while physical travel is impossible right now, you can escape your four walls via virtual tourism.
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9 OF THE BEST BEER FESTIVALS TAKING PLACE AROUND THE WORLD IN 2020
Read about BrewLDN, Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular, Qingdao International Beer Festival, Great British Beer Festival, and more.
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Beer Lovers — Book One of These “Beercations” For Your Next Getaway
Are you in the mood to visit a brewery or two for your next vacation adventure? T&A has some ideas for destinations with plenty of craft breweries and other features that make for a worthy beercation. Several of these cities are known for their beer production, but there are a few up-and-coming beer cities on this list. With this bit of inspiration and a little planning, you’ll find your own favorite beercation destination.
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Everything Worth Drinking in Seattle, According to Anu Apte and Chris Elford
Here, Anu and Chris take a break from managing their combined five properties to explore the best Seattle has to offer.
Take A Craft Brewery-Fueled Train Ride Through The Alaskan Wilderness
Alaska Railroad just kicked off its 2019-20 winter service. With the new season comes the launch of the “Hops on the Rail” tour, a brewery day-trip that offers guests the chance to visit a collection of Alaskan breweries.
Is it the Apollo 11 Capsule? No! It’s the original “Frankenbrew” system that launched Sierra Nevada!
The original OG brewhouse has been reacquired by Sierra Nevada and is starting its nationwide tour here at GABF.
Come touch a piece of brewing history at GABF.
The 38th annual GABF started yesterday at the Colorado Convention Center, prepared yourself for sensory overload! This year, the projected 62,000 festival-goers will be able to sample more than 4,000 beers from 800 breweries. (Lord help us!) The competition will include more than 9,600 beers from 2,300 breweries, competing to win medals in a 107 categories.
Discovering (and Creating) Austin’s Best Self-Guided Beer Tours
You can choose one of these beer crawls listed, auditing Austin’s taproom and beer bar scene, or create your own customized crawl from notes from the experts.
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A new study by the European Commission has substantiated what many have long suspected, the UK is one of the most expensive countries within the EU to buy alcohol.
Data indicates Findland, Ireland, and Sweden ranked as top three for markups on drinks. At the other end of the scale, price levels on alcoholic drinks in 2018 were lowest in Bulgaria and Romania, at 26% below the EU average, followed by Hungary.
Beyond Oktoberfest: Everything You Need to Plan a Beercation to Bavaria, Germany
“My advice for a beer lover going to Bavaria would be to not get overly fixated on Munich,” says Joe Stange, who co-hosts the “One More Road for the Beer” podcast about beer and travel. “It’s a beer-garden amusement park and worth seeing, for sure, but don’t miss Franconia — especially Upper Franconia, Bamberg, and the villages around it.”
The Bavarian beer scene includes more than 800 breweries, spanning some of the world’s oldest names and ultra-modern craft stylists…
Brewee’s been developed to open up a whole new world for beer lovers looking to discover the best and brightest breweries in the area. It’s a great way to discover new spots in your neighborhood or during your journeys all over the world.
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After a research by Anglia Ruskin University revealed cigarettes are more damaging to the environment than plastic straws, a bar in Barcelona is taking drastic measures. The study reveals drastic impacts on plant growth where butts are found in the soil and, since Cigarette litter is a major problem on beaches, water pollution concerns. Just one cigarette butt can pollute 3 litres of water, and the contamination can take between five and 20 years to dissipate. Marine life is also known to mistake them for food.
Tackling the issue head-on, Tibu-Ron Group, which operates several beach bars in Barcelona, is handing out free beer and soft drinks to consumers who collect a pint of cigarette butts from the surrounding area joining Zanzibar on Baga Beach, Goa, who started offering free beer to patrons who came to the premises with old cigarettes and bottle caps in February this year.
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Portland Oregon, self proclaimed “Greatest Beer City on Earth”, launches their 9th annual Beer Week June 7-16th. This years celebration of craft beer will span 10-days of events across the city.
The 2019 event lineup (June 7-16th), includes a new kickoff party with Mikkeller Brewing, the debut of Bean to Bar: Chocolate and Beer Festival and resurrecting past hits like the Brewers Burger Brawl and Mussels from Brussels.
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