Beer lovers in America tend to reach for big, hoppy ales, but that doesn’t mean we are incapable of appreciating finely crafted European-style lagers. You know, the kind of beers they drink in romantic places like Vienna, Prague and Budapest. If you’re a beer connoisseur, you should put this cruise on your beer bucket list: the Danube Dreams River Cruise, a beer-themed adventure from Avalon Waterways.
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Go paddling in the San Juan Islands with Oliver and Pamela Brulotte, owners of Icicle Brewing Company in Leavenworth – June 26 thru 28. Join them for pints and paddles, and more. They hosted this trip last year and by all reports it was a magnificent adventure. The days will be long and sun-filled, the evenings delicious and friendly, as you paddle your way through the San Juan Archipelagos.
It’s almost spring, which means it’s time to start making this summer’s travel plans. For beer lovers, California offers seemingly endless opportunities for new beer discoveries. California has more breweries than any other state in America, including some of the best breweries in the nation. Problem is, it’s a very large state. Lots of driving from brewery to brewery. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one event where you could try beer from a large number of the state’s 500+ breweries in one place?
Canada’s largest food and drink festival, Dine Out Vancouver, runs from January 16 through February 1. Not surprisingly, Dine Out Vancouver includes a beer component. (Photo above courtesy Vancouver Brewery Tours.)
Like similar events in other cities across North America, during Dine Out Vancouver restaurants offer affordable, prix fixe dinners, creating opportunities for patrons to experience restaurants that might otherwise seem too spendy. Unlike most restaurant weeks, Dine Out Vancouver also includes a number of special events and special offerings, which is where beer comes into play. I encourage you to learn more about all of the events at the official website: www.dineoutvancouver.com.
It is said that over the years countless millions of people have kissed or touched the Blarney Stone when visiting Ireland. Each year the visitor center at the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare welcomes more than 800,000 people who come to behold the breathtaking natural beauty. But the number one international tourist attraction in all of Ireland is the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, aka the Guinness Storehouse.
Most people think of Whistler, British Columbia as a ski destination. No doubt, it is a very fine location for that kind of winter activity, but there’s a lot more happening than skiing and snowboarding on that mountain. For example, Whistler is also one of North America’s premier destinations for mountain biking. And that’s not all: hiking, golfing, rock climbing, and all sorts of non-winter activities await you. The entire area is brimming with opportunities for outdoor fun.
Every year, people from near and far travel to the San Juan Islands to enjoy the pristine beauty, the numerous recreation opportunities, and the slower pace of life. For beer-focused travelers, the only brewery in the San Juan archipelago is Island Hoppin’ Brewery, located near the village of Eastsound on Orcas Island.
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