12 Best Vacation Destinations for Beer Lovers

There is nothing like a taste of good beer that makes a place even more memorable for beer lovers. You may find delicious brews at home if you know where to look. But a drink of some of the world’s finest brews in cities that have a rich tradition of beer-making is an experience you probably would not want to miss. Here are some of the world’s best cities if you are looking for an ultimate beer trip.

1. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Why go: Home to some of the world’s renowned brands like Amstel and Heineken, numerous bars that serve a wide range of Dutch beers and international brands

2. Bruges, Belgium
brugs beertje
Why go: A veritable hub of beer tours, “Around Bruges in 80 Beers”, enjoy the taste of delicious beer while soaking in the scenic views, destinations like the ‘t Brugs Beertje and Staminee De Garre

3. Brussels, Belgium
Why go: Heart of the country’s thriving beer industry, a wide variety of brews to choose from, beer tours, events and festivals like the Belgian Beer Weekend, local pubs and bars like Delirium that serve more than 2,000 varieties of beer

4. Denver, Colorado, USA
Why go: Home of the Great American Beer Festival, other beer-related events like the Beer and Bacon Festival, a huge number of breweries and pubs, the Denver Beer Co. and more

5. Dublin, Ireland
guinness storehouse
Why go: Home of Guinness and many other known brands like Harp and Murphy’s, Guinness Storehouse tour, several types of Irish brews to choose from, Irish pub crawls, traditional alehouses

6. Edinburgh, Scotland
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Why go: A long and rich history of brewing, a huge number of pubs, experience drinking locally-brewed ales and beers in well-known pubs

7. Montreal, Canada
Why go: Mondial de la bière and other beer festivals, craft beer tours and bars, breweries

8. Munich, Germany
Why go: Home of the Oktoberfest, beer lovers’ haven, a long tradition of beer drinking, the Hofbräuhaus beer hall, breweries, traditional beer gardens

9. Portland, Oregon, USA
Why go: High concentration of breweries with more than 50 breweries, locally-grown ingredients like barley and hops, numerous pubs and taverns, Oregon Brewers Festival, attractions like the Portland’s Brew Bus Tour, brew pub crawls

10. Prague, Czech Republic
Why go: A rich tradition of beer making and beer drinking, affordable place to drink amber ale, historic pubs and beer halls, Pilsner Urquell and other local brews

11. Seoul, South Korea
korean beer
Why go: Emerging hub for beer lovers, delicious and good quality local beers, beer neighborhood destinations like Itaewon, unique and great tasting local brews

12. Tokyo, Japan
Why go: A place where you can get beer almost everywhere, vending machines across the city dispenses some of the best tasting brews you can easily find, several pubs and bars that offer local brews and international brands, vibrant local craft beer scene, craft beer bars like Popeye, breweries that are a short road trip or train ride from Tokyo

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How to Build a Portable Beer Shelf

Need a handy shelf to hold your beer bottles while you swim or take a long drive? Make your own beer shelf! All you have to do is purchase the tools from http://healthyhandyman.com/, get the other materials from your local hardware, and you’re good to go!


  • ½” dowel which is 19¼” long
  • ½” drill bit
  • 2 ¾” Forstner bit
  • A piece of wood 24”x13” (it can be 5/8” or ¾” thick)
  • air compressor
  • belt sander
  • drill press
  • glue
  • nailer
  • wood router


Step 1: Cut the Pieces

The first thing you ought to do is to cross cut the 5/8” thick piece to a 19¾” wide. Then rip an 8” piece of wood for the back wall and a 4¾” piece for the part where the holes should be drilled into. Cut two pieces for the side supports as well. They should have a measurement of 4”x4”.

Step 2: Start Drilling

Get your drill bit (Forstner bit). Label your 19¾” piece so that there’s an inch from the ens and an inch between every hole. Now, drill.

Optional Step: Round the Corners

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Dry fit the pieces to check if you’re doing the right thing. Then, round the corners. You could leave the corners square if you want. However, if you’re going to round, be sure you sand the edges afterward.

Step 4: Cut the Dowel

Cut the ½” dowel to 19¼”. Then, on the pieces for side support, mark the hole 2½” from the top and another 2 ½” from the back. Grab your drill bit and drill about ¾ deep.

Step 5: Rout the Edges

Use a wood router to hollow the edges. You may want to rout a test piece first to get the hang of it. Then, dry fit the pieces together again to make sure you’re on the right track.

Step 6: Assemble!

beer shelf assembly

Get your glue and join all the pieces. Sketch a 3” line down from the top of your back piece. This is where the top of the piece with holes meets the back piece. Put some glue on the back portion of the piece with holes. Next, glue the dowel into the two side pieces. Glue the assemblies together and use your nailer to nail the side pieces from the top and back. Get rid of any residual glue.

Step 7: Finish It!

beer shelf finish

Use a polyurethane finish or another type of finish to improve the appearance of the shelf.  You may also use an American Walnut stain. After finishing, make sure you remove the stain using a rag to wipe off the remaining stain. However, you can leave it as is. And that’s it! Now you can have beer wherever you want with this portable and convenient beer shelf!

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3 Must-Read Books for Beer Lovers

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How to enjoy beer may seem like a simple question that has many straightforward answers. But you might be surprised just there is much still left to know about drinking beer. Not to mention the process of brewing it. Whether you are a beer lover or not, here are some of the best books about one of the world’s favorite drinks.

1. 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die edited by Adrian Tierney-Jones
As the title suggests, this book introduces you to the best beers in the world. 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die focuses on the finest brews – from Europe to America and many places in between. Reading this will inspire a wanderlust that will make you want to travel across the globe in search of great tasting beers.

2. Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink by Randy Mosher
This book teaches you the best ways to better enjoy your beers. It will introduce you to the different things worth noting that will change the way you drink, taste, and savor a brew.

3. The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes by Joshua M. Berstein
For the uninitiated, it would be difficult to identify the things that make each brew unique. If you want to learn how to distinguish the flavors, scents, colors, and everything that makes every beer different, The Complete Beer Course is for you. This book provides you with fairly simple courses that introduce you to the complex world of beers and leave you with a better grasp of the beer styles you can enjoy.

What Kind Of Beer Are You Drinking?

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Let’s face it.

No party is ever complete without beer.

But just like any other responsible member of the society, you should know your limits when it comes to drinking beer.

However, there are people who are still not aware of their limits when it comes to drinking beer. Meanwhile, there are people who are still choosing to go beyond their limits when it comes to drinking beer.

This is where the need to learn more about what kind of beer you are drinking comes into play – not just to make you even more aware of your limits, but also for you to think twice about going beyond your limits the next time you – let’s say, drink an Angry Bird beer.

So, what kind of beer are you drinking?

Here are some types:

Dark Ale

This kind of beer is best known for having a complex taste. It’s usually made from malt; and depending on the malt used, one can expect a dark ale beer to taste either nutty or roasted and even caramel-like. It also usually has an alcohol by volume of 2%-6%. In the United Kingdom, two of the best dark ales out there are the brown ale and the mild ale.

Pale Ale

This kind of beer is best known for having a diverse taste. It’s usually made from subdued malt; and depending on the hop used, one can expect a pale ale beer to taste either tangy or spicy and even citrus-like. It also usually has an alcohol by volume of 2.8%-10%. In the United Kingdom, two of the best pale ales out there are the India Pale Ale (IPA) and the Extra Special Bitter (ESB).

Strong Ale

This kind of beer is best known for having a strong taste. It’s usually made from malt; and depending how the malt is used, one can expect a strong ale beer to taste either sugary or spicy and even chocolaty. It also usually has an alcohol by volume of 7%-12%. In the United Kingdom, two of the best strong ales out there are the barley wine and the vintage ale.

Japanese Beers That Should Be on Your Must-Try List

japanese beer

Enjoying a drink in Japan is one of the highlights of visiting the country. Choosing which types of beers to drink can be overwhelming given the wide array of home-grown and international brands available. Creating a short list may be difficult with so many good brews around, but here are some of the top Japanese beers that should be on your must-try list.

Asahi Style Free
Highlights: Low-calorie beer, strictly not beer but definitely tastes like one

Asahi Super Dry
Highlights: Super dry, bitter taste, suitable for drinkers who don’t want weak beer

Baird Beer
Highlights: Craft beer that pairs well with various kinds of dishes, made using a traditional method, rich aroma

Coedo Beer
Highlights: Multi-awarded beer brand, locally brewed in Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture, comes in different styles each of which has been awarded accolades in various beer competitions, uses out of the ordinary ingredients like sweet potato for the Beniaka

Doppo Beers
Highlights: Popular craft beer, uses ingredients like omachi rice for its lager beer, comes up with seasonal beers like dark chocolate stout

Highlights: Contains less sugar than regular beers, uses spring water among its unique ingredients

Kirin Ichiban Shibori
Highlights: Made using the first juice extracted from the beer ingredients, bittersweet taste

Premium Malt’s
Highlights: Known for quality, rich taste, exquisite floral aroma

Sapporo Nama Beer Black Label
Highlights: Made using the finest ingredients, catering to drinkers with a different and more mature taste

Tanrei Green Label
Highlights: Low-calorie beer, lesser sugar content than regular beer

Yebisu Beer
Highlights: Rich aroma and taste, pricey compared with other regular beers, production adheres to stringent German standards, interntionally-sourced ingredients,

Yona Yona Ale
Highlights: Craft beer with a delicious fruity aroma, citrusy scent blends well with the flavors of malt and hop