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Worthy Reads: Love Beer Hate Pubs? by Des de Moor

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Editor's Note: If you follow anyone in the British beer world on social media, you're bound to see people commenting on the "pub crisis" in England. Something in the neighborhood of 17,000 pubs have closed in the last few of...
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I enjoy taking photos of three dimensional art. It's fun trying to capture the work of an artist in a different medium than the original piece. Churches and cathedrals present a great variety of wood carvings, statues, freizes, and more...
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Beer/Cider Photo of the Week: Welsh WWI Memorial in West Flanders

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I recently upgrade my photo editing to a full version of Photoshop. I'd been using the iPad Photoshop Touch edition for several years. It's an exceptionally powerful program for a one time fee, but it doesn't handle photos in Raw...
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Editor's Note: Gose is one of the more popular revived styles in the craft beer world. In its native region in Germany, it's nearly gone but making a slow comeback. In "The Ghost of Gose" Natalya Watson travels to Leipzig...
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Editor's Note: This is my latest piece for The Full Pint. In it, I explore the most common off flavors in craft beer, how they occur, and how to identify them. This is a teaser, please follow through to The...
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Les 3 Freres Brut

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There's something special about vacation drinks. You're in a new place and try a local product in a wonderful little cafe and everything blends together harmoniously. After a long day of driving along with an excellent stop at one of...
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AB-Inbev: Why It Matters Who Owns The Brewery

AB-Inbev: Why It Matters Who Owns The Brewery

Every few months the beer world is beset by the same argument whenever AB-InBev (the multinational conglomeration of Anheuser-Busch, Interbrew, & AmBev) buys yet another brewery.  It happened a few months ago when 10 Barrel Brewing succumbed to the international mega-corporation. It's happening again.  On Friday, Elysian Brewing of Seattle...
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Q & Ale – Can beer that’s cold be brought up to room temperature and stored without ruining it?

Q & Ale – Can beer that’s cold be brought up to room temperature and stored without ruining it?

Recently, my friend Bobby emailed with a beer question.  He had a charity event where they had cans of Hopworks chilled in tubs of ice.  He wanted to know if it was ok to bring them up to room temperature so they could be stored or if they had to...
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The Beers of Honduras – A Traveler’s Guide

The Beers of Honduras – A Traveler’s Guide

Part of going to any country is trying their local specialties and beverages.  For me, that means beer.  On my recent trip to Roatan, one of the bay islands of Honduras on the Caribbean side, I had an opportunity to try several Honduran beers brewed by Cerveseria Hondureña.  They're the...
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Q & Ale – How do you get a job in the beer industry?  Part 2: Brewery

Q & Ale – How do you get a job in the beer industry? Part 2: Brewery

I received this question via my "Contact Me" link.  Cody from Illinois asked this, to paraphrase " I was wondering if you knew a good way to go about  becoming employed by a craft beer company?" I chose to answer this question in 2 parts.  In the first part, Q &...
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Q & Ale – How do you get a job in the beer industry?  Part 1: Wholesaler

Q & Ale – How do you get a job in the beer industry? Part 1: Wholesaler

I received this question via my "Contact Me" link.  Cody from Illinois asked this, to paraphrase " I was wondering if you knew a good way to go about  becoming employed by a craft beer company?" I thought I'd answer this question in two parts and divide it based on the...
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The Brewing Monks: The Trappist Breweries (Part 1)

The Brewing Monks: The Trappist Breweries (Part 1)

Updated & Edited 12/03/2016 The Trappist Breweries In the first part of the article, The Brewing Monks: A Brief History of the Trappist Order and Monastic Brewing, I outlined the origins of the Trappist order and the tradition of breweries within monasteries. In the next part, we'll look at all...
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The Brewing Monks: A Brief History of the Trappist Order and Monastic Brewing

The Brewing Monks: A Brief History of the Trappist Order and Monastic Brewing

Updated & Edited 03/07/2014 The Trappist Decade The last few years have been very active ones for the Trappist breweries.  Chimay celebrated its brewery's 150 anniversary in 2012 with a special beer.  Stift Engelszell joined the ranks of Trappist breweries by achieving its certification in 2012 making it the 8th...
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Q & Ale – What is the “pissing boy” on the bottle of Blanche de Bruxelles?

Q & Ale – What is the “pissing boy” on the bottle of Blanche de Bruxelles?

One of the more common searches that leads to my page involves the label of Blanche de Bruxelles.  Blanche de Bruxelles (my review) is a Belgian Wit/Blanche beer brewed by Brasserie Lefebvre.  The question to be answered in today's Q & Ale  is: "What is the peeing (or some other derivation) boy...
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Q & Ale – Why are they called a dubbel, tripel, quadrupel?

Q & Ale – Why are they called a dubbel, tripel, quadrupel?

Today's Q & Ale question was brought to me via search engines such as Google.  I've actually seen some version of this question several times and thought I'd answer it as the first installment of Q & Ale. Why are they called a double, triple, quadruple? The "they" in question are...
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How to Build a Beer Travel Case

How to Build a Beer Travel Case

Part of the fun of beer tourism is bringing home a bunch of trophies you can't find at home. This is especially true when you're traveling overseas. Unfortunately, this complicates the process because of limited space and complex airline regulations regarding weight and size allowances. The solution? Build a beer...
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Glassware: A Victim of the Beer vs. Wine Culture Clash

Glassware: A Victim of the Beer vs. Wine Culture Clash

Apparently, there's quite a debate in the beer world about whether glassware matters.  I've read several blogs lately that fall all along the spectrum of opinions.  Those who believe it matters tend to fall under the "tradition" spectrum with the logic that the beer developed in concert with the appropriate...
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I’ve worked on projects for the Visit Flanders tourism board, travel blogs, The Equipped Brewer, Serious Eats, The Full Pint, and Belgian Beer and Food magazine.  I’m a beer and cider industry expert with 16+ years of experience writing about a variety of topics ranging from the beers of Europe, Industry topics, Cider, and the world of beer. All commissioned pieces are professionally edited by a third party before submission.

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Might as well finish up my trip to Belgium with one of my favorite beers: Boon Mariage Parfait Kriek at a legendary Lambic pub: Grier Dorst. #beertravel #beer #belgium #belgie #belgique #belgianbeer #beerporn #lambic #gueuze #beerstagram #beerart #beertography #beertourism #breweryvisit #instabeer #fieroponsbier #travel #tourism #visitbelgium #visitwallonia #beer #beers #craftbeer #sourbeer #kriek
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A little black label Girardin Gueuze at a legendary Lambic pub: Grier Dorst. #beertravel #beer #belgium #belgie #belgique #belgianbeer #beerporn #lambic #gueuze #beerstagram #beerart #beertography #beertourism #breweryvisit #instabeer #fieroponsbier #travel #tourism #visitbelgium #visitwallonia #beer #beers #craftbeer #sourbeer
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A little young Lambic at the Drie Fonteinen Lambik-O-Droom. #beertravel #beer #belgium #belgie #belgique #belgianbeer #beerporn #lambic #gueuze #beerstagram #beerart #beertography #beertourism #breweryvisit #instabeer #fieroponsbier #travel #tourism #visitbelgium #visitwallonia #beer #beers #craftbeer #sourbeer
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Wow. Not sure there are many brewpub patios with a better setting than Brasserie Au Baron. Babbling brook, small waterfall, trees with a lovely French village in the background. Also, amazing beer. #france #nordpasdecalaistourisme #travel #tourism #visitfrance #biere #bier #beer #beertravel #beertourism #craftbeer #beers #beerstagram #beerporn #beertography #instabeer #belgium #brewpub #vista
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So I like doorways... #beertravel #beertourism #travel #tourism #visitflanders #visitbelgium #belgium #belge #belgique #belgianbeer #beer #biere #bier #craftbeer #beers #trappist #beertography #beerart #beerstagram #instabeer #fieroponsbier #kortrijk
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It's not the size of your steeple... #beertravel #beertourism #travel #tourism #visitflanders #visitbelgium #belgium #belge #belgique #belgianbeer #beer #biere #bier #craftbeer #beers #trappist #beertography #beerart #beerstagram #instabeer #fieroponsbier #kortrijk
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Lasagne and some Omer VanderGhinste Oud Bruin. #kortrijk #beertravel #beertourism #travel #tourism #visitflanders #visitbelgium #belgium #belge #belgique #belgianbeer #beer #biere #bier #craftbeer #beers #trappist #beertography #beerart #beerstagram #instabeer #fieroponsbier
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Lunch and a beer at Brouweri 't Gaverhopke #beertravel #beertourism #travel #tourism #visitflanders #visitbelgium #belgium #belge #belgique #belgianbeer #beer #biere #bier #craftbeer #beers #trappist #beertography #beerart #beerstagram #instabeer #fieroponsbier #kortrijk
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Not a bad view for lunch. Lille, France. #nordpasdecalaistourisme #travel #tourism #visitfrance #biere #bier #beer #beertravel #beertourism #craftbeer #beers #beerstagram #beerporn #beertography #instabeer #belgium #lille
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A beer and some reading material. Seems like a good way to relax in Poperinge. #beertravel #beertourism #travel #tourism #visitflanders #visitbelgium #belgium #belge #belgique #belgianbeer #beer #biere #bier #craftbeer #beers #trappist #beertography #beerart #beerstagram #instabeer #fieroponsbier #poperinge
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Hopping borders! Brasserie St Sylvestre in northern France. #france #nordpasdecalaistourisme #travel #tourism #visitfrance #biere #bier #beer #beertravel #beertourism #craftbeer #beers #beerstagram #beerporn #beertography #instabeer #belgium
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Playing some fun Flemish bar games. Dice and beer and friends. Another great night in Antwerp #beertravel #beertourism #travel #tourism #visitflanders #visitbelgium #belgium #belge #belgique #bwlguanbeer #beer #biere #bier #craftbeer #beers #trappist #beertography #beerart #beerstagram #instabeer #fieroponsbier #antwerp #latergram
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The Antwerp Cathedral at night. Antwerp is always one of my favorite cities. #beertravel #beertourism #travel #tourism #visitflanders #visitbelgium #belgium #belge #belgique #bwlguanbeer #beer #biere #bier #craftbeer #beers #trappist #beertography #beerart #beerstagram #instabeer #fieroponsbier #antwerp #latergram
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A little lunch and then on to my SECOND Trappist of the day. No need to guess which. Today is Trappist visit. #beertravel #beertourism #travel #tourism #visitflanders #visitbelgium #belgium #belge #belgique #bwlguanbeer #beer #biere #bier #craftbeer #beers #trappist #beertography #beerart #beerstagram #instabeer #fieroponsbier #netherlands
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The famed border crossing at Achel. Achel Abbey and Brewey is today's Trappist visit. #beertravel #beertourism #travel #tourism #visitflanders #visitbelgium #belgium #belge #belgique #bwlguanbeer #beer #biere #bier #craftbeer #beers #trappist #beertography #beerart #beerstagram #instabeer #fieroponsbier #netherlands
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Abbey Cat! Achel Abbey and Brewey is today's Trappist visit. #beertravel #beertourism #travel #tourism #visitflanders #visitbelgium #belgium #belge #belgique #bwlguanbeer #beer #biere #bier #craftbeer #beers #trappist #beertography #beerart #beerstagram #instabeer #fieroponsbier #catsofinstagram #cats #cat
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Achel Abbey and Brewey is today's Trappist visit. #beertravel #beertourism #travel #tourism #visitflanders #visitbelgium #belgium #belge #belgique #bwlguanbeer #beer #biere #bier #craftbeer #beers #trappist #beertography #beerart #beerstagram #instabeer #fieroponsbier
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Drinking Chimay in Chimay. A beer so awesome they named the town after it. #notreally #beertravel #beer #beertourism #travel #beer #beers #craftbeer #bier #biere #belgie #belgium #belgique #belgianbeer #fieroponsbier #beertography #beerart #beerporn #instabeer #beerstagram #visitbelgium #visitwallonia #chimay #trappistes #trappist #trappistbeer
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Today's edition of drinking with Belgians is Drinking With the Italians. There is a large contingent of Italian beer importers/distributors here touring. Another fun day in the life of an international beer nerd. Chimay! #beertravel #beer #beertourism #travel #beer #beers #craftbeer #bier #biere #belgie #belgium #belgique #belgianbeer #fieroponsbier #beertography #beerart #beerporn #instabeer #beerstagram #visitbelgium #visitwallonia #trappist #chimay #trappistberr
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Guess where I am today... #beertravel #beer #beertourism #travel #beer #beers #craftbeer #bier #biere #belgie #belgium #belgique #belgianbeer #fieroponsbier #beertography #beerart #beerporn #instabeer #beerstagram #visitbelgium #visitwallonia #trappist #chimay #trappistbeer #cheese #trappistcheese

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