The Beer Traveller

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
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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

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View From the Golden Gate

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

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Passing the Bar

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

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Pennsylvania: Off the Beaten Path

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

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Oktoberfest in Your Back Yard - 2010

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.

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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

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Beervana

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;

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Under the Gateway Arch

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

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A Tour of the Capital

In this inaugural year, it seems appropriate to raise a toast to our founding fathers. All About Beer magazine, vol. 29, No. 6, January 2009

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Charm City: Beer on Baltimore's Waterfront

Baltimore's nickname, the Charm City, truly describes the feeling locals give visitors. We found friendly faces behind the welcome mats. All About Beer magazine, vol. 29, No. 5, November 2008

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A Buckeye Beer Tour

There's more to northern Ohio than the turnpike and toll booth. Let''s exit in Cleveland and discover some great craft beer. All About Beer magazine, vol. 29, No. 4, September 2008

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Exit 139 and Beyond

A return to our roots in New Jersey and a quest to find good beer. All About Beer magazine, vol. 29, No. 3, July 2008

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Bonjour Montreal

Montreal is a city filled with culture, history, great food and beer worth traveling to sample. All About Beer magazine, vol. 29, No. 2, May 2008

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Belgian Masterpieces, American Style

You need not cross the Atlantic to sample Belgian-style craft brew. All About Beer magazine, vol. 29, No. 1, March 2008

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Wandering the Windy City

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

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And If You're Looking for Heaven, It's North of the Bridge

Michigan's Upper Peninsula provides visitors with a peak at heaven and nectar from the beer gods. All About Beer magazine, vol. 28, No. 7, November 2007

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Beer Traveling in Tourist Class

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.

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Central Europe: Beer and Unexpected Memories

The Beer Travelers share some interesting moments in Central Europe. All About Beer magazine, vol. 28, No. 3, July 2007

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Beer Essentials: Beer Festivals

The best way to get acquainted with craft brewing is to attend a beer festival.

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America's FInest CIty

San Diego has more than beautiful weather. It's breweries produce some of America's finest craft beer. All About Beer magazine, vol. 28, No. 2, May 2007

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The Town That Made Beer Famous

A visit to Milwaukee where America's German brewing tradition began. All About Beer magazine, vol. 28, No. 1, March 2007

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Hometown Pride in a Glass

Cologne, Germany is the home of kolsch beer, a distinctive, light, refreshing style. All About Beer magazine, vol. 27, No. 6, January 2007

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Beer in College Towns

Don't assume that macrobrew reigns supreme in college towns. Many of our nation's craft breweries make their home near fine universities. All About Beer magazine, vol. 27, No. 5, November 2006

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A Trip to ACC Country

The Beer Travelers venture into North Carolina. All About Beer magazine, vol. 27, No. 4, September 2006

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Beer and Baseball

Beer and baseball go hand in hand. Find out why. All About Beer magazine, vol. 27, No. 3, July 2006

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Pittsburgh's Iron City Lights

Three Rivers, the Steel Curtain, "Da Bus," and some championship-quality beer, All About Beer magazine, vol. 27, No. 3, July 2006

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The Epic Road Trip, Part Two

Think you can't find good beer in the nation's heartland? Think again. All About Beer magazine, vol. 27, No. 2, May 2006

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The Epic Road Trip, Part One

Think you can't find god beer in the nation's heartland? Think again. All About Beer magazine, vol. 27, No. 1, March 2006

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Philly: A Town With a Thirst for Liberty

Rich in history, Philadelphia has revived its tradition of good beer and friendly taverns. All About Beer magazine, vol. 26, No. 6, January 2006

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On the Trail of Ontario Beer

The official Ontario Ale Trail is no more, but you can blaze your own trail between Windsor and Toronto. All About Beer magazine, vol. 26, No. 5, November 2005

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The Greatest American Beer Cities

For the magazine's 25th anniversary, I shared my top 25 American beer cities with readers. All About Beer magazine, vol. 26, No. 4, September 2005

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Beer in My Backyard

Living in Michigan, I don't have to travel far to find good beer. Here's why. All About Beer magazine, vol. 26, No. 4, September 2005

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Austin City Limits

In America's live music capital, finding good beer was the least of my problems. All About Beer magazine, vol. 26, No. 2, May 2005

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Time in a Bottle: Drinking Beer in 1979

Was it more fun to drink beer 25 years ago? The answer is a definite "yes"...and "no." All About Beer magazine, vol. 26, No. 1, March 2005

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Portland, East Coast-Style

America's "other Portland," the one in Portland Maine, is a beer Mecca in its own right. All About Beer magazine, vol. 25, No. 6, January 2005

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Burton-upon-Trent, Britain's Brewing Capital

A visit to the Brewery Museum in Burton-upon-Trent, the historic home of Bass Ale. All About Beer magazine, vol. 25, No. 5, November 2004

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Munich in Four Seasons

Can't make it to Oktoberfest? Fear not: Munich is a beer town for all season. All About Beer magazine, vol. 25, No. 4, September 2004

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Ballpark Beer

Beer is one of baseball's oldest traditions, and ballparks are serving great local beer. All About Beer magazine, vol. 25, No. 3, July 2004

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Ten Great Beer Festivals for Summer Fun

USA Today interviewed Paul about the country's greatest beer festivals.

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Hipahipa! Hawaii

There's good local beer in the Hawaiian Islands, if you know where to look. All About Beer magazine, vol. 25, No. 2, May 2004

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Mile High Bar Hopping

Great beer abounds in the shadow of Coors Field, in Denver's LoDo district. All About Beer magazine, vol. 25, No. 1, March 2004.

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Barley Wine in the Far North

There's no better place than Anchorage, in the dead of winter, to get acquainted with barley wine. All About Beer magazine, vol. 24, No. 6, January 2004

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Great Beer in the Green Mountain State

A look at Vermont's lively and diverse craft-brewing industry. All ABout Beer Magazine, vol. 24 No. 5. November 2003

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Touring the Pubs of Toronto

A casually elegant pub crawl through our favorite summertime city. All ABout Beer Magazine, vol. 24 No. 4. September 2003

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"It's Noon Somewhere": The Heineken Experience, Amsterdam

Faced with a long lay over in Amsterdam, the Beer Travellers hopped a train into the city and paid a visit to the Heineken Experience.

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The City of Light

Did you know that the French term brasserie means brewery? There aren't many brew kettles these days, but visitors can find a tasty brew to quench their thirst.

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In Newport Steht Ein Hofbräuhaus

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.

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Gardens of Earthly Delights

Spring means it's time to indulge in two grate German pleasures: good beer and the out-of-doors. There's no better place to do so than in a Munich beer garden. May 2002

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At the Drop of a Hat

A lost hat, followed by a spell of nasty weather, provided the Beer Travellers with the perfect excuse to go on a Honolulu brewpub crawl. April 2002

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Traveller's Advisory: Silly Beer Laws

Beer Travellers face silly restrictions on what beer they can buy, and where and when they can buy it. The culprit: Antiquated laws and the lingering spirit of prohibition. March 2002

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Cerveza y Tapas

The tapeo, Spain's version of a pub crawl, is a moveable feast of food, drink, and friendship. Nowadays, many people make crisp Spanish Pilsner a part of this joyous evening ritual. December 2001

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Beer in Wine Country

Napa and Sonoma Counties are known the world over for wine, but they have a lot to offer beer lovers as well. Let's explore the underrated beer scene in California's Wine Country. November 2001

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Denver: A Major League Beer Town

In the Nineties, Denver got a major league franchise and, with the help of energetic brewers, renovated a faded downtown neighborhood. The result? One of America's best beer destinations. August 2001

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Montreal: Tres Magnifique!

Montreal, always a great place to drink, has gained fame for the quality of the beer poured in its bars. Some of North America's most creative brewmasters practice their craft here. July 2001

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Festival Survival Tips

Attending a beer festival this summer? A bit of planning will make your day more rewarding. Here are some tips from beer writers and those who work behind the scenes. July 2001

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F.X. Matt: A Beer for Every Time, Reason

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.

Today, F.X. Matt produces a beer for each season.

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Beer Off the Beaten Path

After rummaging through a pile of notes--and fond memories o journey's past--the Beer Traveller serves up a six-pack of unusual drinking venues. June 2001

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A Pilrimage to Salzburg

Four centuries of craft brewing tradition go into the beer served at the Augustiner Brau beer hall in Salzburg, Austria. The monks' handiwork draws pilgrims from far and wide. May 2001

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The Changing Face of London's Pubs

How do London pubs survive these changing times? By preserving what made the pub a British institution in the first place: friendly surroundings and great beer. April 2001

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The Best of Both Worlds

Fort Collins, Colorado, a college town an hour's drive north of Denver, is home to three family-owned breweries that combine American entrepreneurial spirit and Old World tradition. April 2001

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Make This the Year of the Beer Festival

A round up of great festivals you can enjoy this year. March 2001

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Munich's Strong Beer Festival

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

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The Winter's Tale: Barleywine in Alaska

Barleywine, a complex and powerful beverage, is made for sipping on cold winter nights. Which is why Anchorage, Alaska, is the perfect locale for a barleywine festival. February 2001

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World Class Beer at Cold War Prices

Westernization has meant radical changes for Prague. But you can still drink flavorful Czech Pilsner in atmospheric old beer halls at prices you haven't seen in years. January 2001

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Brussels: A "Grand Place" for Beer

Visiting Brussels? A perfect introduction to Belgian beer awaits. You'll enjoy distinctive styles of beer in traditional surroundings, just blocks from the city's historic Grand Place. January 2001

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The Soul of Modern America's First Micro

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

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The Smoke Beer of Bamberg, Germany

For centuries, breweries in the charming city of Bamberg have been turning our Rauchbier, a lager with a distinctive smoky taste. Do you know what it has in common with Scotch whisky? November 2000

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Getting to Know Britain's Real Ale

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

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A Beer Revolution in British Columbia

Victoria, British Columbia, is where Canada's Real Ale revolution started. You can enjoy craft beers there in a traditional British pub setting or a lively industrial-style club. October 2000

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A Seattle Neighborhood Tour

The Beer Traveller gets a handle on Seattle alehouses, and enjoys some fresh locally-brewed beer, in the Emerald City's most offbeat neighborhood. October 2000

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What's Brewing on Hawaii's "Big Island"?

The Big Island is paradise for beer lovers, too. Take a virtual tour of the island's two breweries, and discover why their beer is a perfect match for Hawaii's diverse cuisine. September 2000

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Europe's Second Most Famous Beer Hall

History and mass tourism come together at U Flecku, a 500-year-old beer hall in downtown Prague. Find out what makes this venerable establishment so popular. September 2000

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A Gem in the Diamond State

In the small shore town of Rehoboth Beach , Delaware a beer revolution is quietly brewing. Meet Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and owner Sam Calagione.

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Remembrance of Things Past

Maumee Bay Brewing in Toledo offers us a big dose of history in addition to fine craft beer.

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Dusseldorf's Altbier: Old Style German Ale

Dusseldorf, Germany, is famous for a malty, copper-colored ale known as altbier. Learn more about this unique style of beer, and find out how and where you can enjoy it. August 2000

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Hopping Along Ontario's Ale Trail: Day Two

The Beer Traveller spends his second day along Ontario's Ale Trail in Guelph, where he visits craft breweries old and new and learns a bit of beer trivia. August 2000

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Hopping Along Ontario's Ale Trail: Day One

Ontario's Ale Trail is a monthly open house sponsored by six of the province's craft breweries. Here's the Beer Traveller's report on a pleasant Saturday afternoon of beer tasting. July 2000

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Stan Hieronymous and Daria Labinsky, the original Beer Travelers at AAB, maintain a site called
The Beer Travelers. We encourage you to visit their site too.