There's the Beer Traveller and then there's the Beer Travelers.
From 2000 to 2002 Paul wrote a column named The Beer Traveller for a Canadian site (which shall not be named). In 2003 All About Beer magazine invited Paul to take over writing their Beer Travelers column. He and Maryanne, his faithful travel assistant and photographer, wrote the bi-mothly column until mid 2010. They still write features and book reviews for the magazine.
Below is a chronological archive of columns for both publications. We're also including some articles published in other places. Click on the title for a brief description. An alphabetical listing of cities is in the side bar.
Old Time Beer & Baseball Tour
Beer. Baseball. Summer. America's heartland. What better way to spend a two-week vacation? Pack a hat, sunscreen, and a rain poncho (our weather is fickle); a stack of classic rock CDs; plenty of trunk space; and a hearty appetite. All About Beer magazine, Beer Traveler Special Issue 2010 Read more.
Random Walk Down Memory Lane
A couple of months ago we decided it was time to give our Beer Traveler passports a hiatus. We’ve had a long and pleasant relationship with All About Beer Magazine, almost seven years now. We’ve loved reporting about our travels and the many wonderful establishments that have opened their doors to us as they shared their stories and the fruits of their labors. But, as the old adage goes, all things good things must come to an end.
And it’s no different with us. We no longer travel as often, so we decided it was time to pass the Beer Travelers notebook, keyboard and torch. Once we made that decision, we started to think about our final column. Then, all of a sudden, the memories of so many establishments returned like anxious children demanding attention. We also realized that there are so many more places we wish we could have told you about, but didn’t. All About Beer magazine, vol. 31, No. 2, May 2010
Some cities have charm, some have beauty and some make you come back again and again. San Francisco has all of those attributes. To paraphrase an old lyric, you really can leave your heart in San Francisco. It’s a sentimental place for us. It was one of the first cities we explored after we got married. No matter how many times we visit, there’s still a long list of things to do, or see, on top of the things to do one more time. When the Giants built a new ballpark, another trip became a must. Long-time readers should be familiar with our love of baseball and our quest to visit every ballpark in the nation. All About Beer magazine, vol. 31, No. 1, March 2010
Stepping inside a new beer bar is one of the biggest rewards that can await a beer traveler. There’s something magical about looking down a long row of tap handles, diving into a long beer list and picking out what isn’t available back home. It’s humbling, too, because it reminds you of just how many great beers you’ve yet to taste. All About Beer magazine, vol. 30, No. 6, January 2010
The Phillies. The Penguins. The Steelers. The Nittany Lions.
They're all champions this year, and they're all from Pennsylvania. Sports fans have had a lot to celebrate in the Keystone State. Fortunately, they have plenty of beer to do it with.
Pennsylvania has a rich brewing history dating back to colonial times. Our Founding Fathers often downed a pot of ale as they debated the document that formed our new nation. Later, German immigrants brought a love of lager across the Atlantic.
In past issues, we've taken you to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, but what about that long stretch in between? It’s not just highways, gas stations and fast food. A short detour off the four-lane will lead you to great craft beer and some interesting places to drink it in. So come on, grab your beer traveler’s notebook and let’s start tasting. All About Beer magazine, vol. 30, No. 5, November 2009
It's that time of year again: Oktoberfest is coming. Beginning September 18, millions of revelers will descend on Munich, where they'll celebrate the 200th anniversary of the original event by stuffing themselves with grilled chicken and sausages, drinking beer out of huge steins, and singing and swaying to oom-pah music.
Why did Munich become home to the world's biggest beer festival? One reason is Bavaria's brewing calendar. Beer made in warm weather was so awful the government outlawed summertime brewing. Brewers coped with the ban by making strong beer in late winter, and storing it in a cool place until summer. The beer was called Märzen, German for March. Read more and see Ludwig's list of the best Oktoberfests in 2010.
On the Shores of Lake Michigan
Michigan has over 70 breweries, and almost a third of them make their home close to the shores of Lake Michigan. When you consider that most of the population is concentrated on the opposite side of the state, it's an amazing demographic.
Let's begin our journey just north of the Indiana state line in a city called Benton Harbor. All About Beer magazine, vol. 30, No. 4, September 2009
To call Portland, Oregon, “an embarrassment of beer riches” would be an understatement. For years, enthusiasts have flocked to the Rose City to enjoy that perfect pint; and establishment after establishment either brews, or pours, nectar from the gods. The city is so serious about its beer that one alternative newspaper rates movies on a one- to four–pint glass scale.
Portland is so rich in places to quaff that we could devote several columns to it. We simply can’t do the city justice in just one. So for the first time ever, we’re doing two articles about one place. In this issue we’re visiting the Pearl District. In June, we hope you’ll accompany us to some of the places located outside of downtown. All About Beer magazine, vol. 30, No. 2, May 2009; All About Beer magazine, vol. 30, No. 3, July 2009;
In the 1830's immigrants from Germany and Bohemia began settling in St. Louis, Missouri. Not only were these Central Europeans a natural customer base for beer, but their ranks included many skilled craftsmen who brewed good beer with abundant local water, kept cool in limestone caves indigenous to the area.
Names like Anheuser, Lemp and Falstaff became synonymous with beer in St. Louis, and beyond. Today, a rich local brewing tradition continues along the Mississippi River. It’s easy to find and terrific hand crafted beer in the shadow of the Gateway Arch, the city’s most recognizable landmark. All About Beer magazine, vol. 30, No. 1, March 2009
Mention Chicago to most people, and what comes to mind? Conventions, sports and, oh yes, unpredictable weather. Not long ago, a convention landed us in the city, and Mother Nature greeted us with 90 degree heat and humidity to match. Oh, the hardships of beer traveling. All About Beer magazine, vol. 28, No. 6, January 2008
Great beer is always something to look forward to. But much of the fun of Beer Traveling is discovering new places. A brewery tour is a pleasant way to do both. It's a thirst-quenching way to spend an hour or two while learning about the brewery's history. You get a close-up look at the wonders of manufacturing, and sometimes a lesson in politics or economics as well.
Good news for Hofbräuhaus fans: You no longer need a passport or a plane ticket to get there. Earlier this year, the first American Hofbräuhaus opened in Newport, Kentucky, right across the river from Cincinnati. The location is perfect; the region has a large German-American population, and Cincinnati is a sister city of Munich.
The Biblical advice, "To everything there is a season," applies to beer as well. Take the F.X. Matt Brewing Company, a 114-year-old family-owned operation in Utica, New York, that produces the award-winning line of Saranac beers. The brewery released its first seasonal, a dark lager called F.X. Matt's Holiday Beer (since renamed Season's Best), in 1983. That was during the infancy of the craft brewing movement. Most beer drinkers, at the time, regarded a Christmas beer as a six-pack of Budweiser decorated with holly sprigs or a case of Beck's you splurged on to impress the relatives. Probably the only other brewery, at the time, doing a holiday seasonal on a regular basis was Anchor Brewing Company of San Francisco. "My father F.X. and Fritz [Maytag] were pretty good buddies," laughs vice president for marketing and sales Fred Matt, when apprised of this fact.
Every March, Munich celebrates Starkbierzeit, a min-Oktoberfest without the hordes of tourists. It features traditional Bavarian entertainment, along with some of the world's most powerful beer. March 2001
New Albion Brewing Company, often called America's first post-Prohibition micorbrewery, closed its doors in 1982. But its soul live on in the wonderfully-named town of Hopland, California. December 2000
Cask-conditioned ale is a British tradition that beer lovers saved from extinction. "Real Ale" has started to gain a following in North America, but you really should enjoy it in the land where it was born. November 2000