Vancouver’s New Micro, Nano, and Pico Breweries Part III: 33 Acres

For Part 3 of our series on Vancouver’s new breweries, we will visit on of my favorites, 33 Acres.   33 Acres seems oddly situated on a mixed-use and mainly residential, block. While they might not get the kind of walk-in traffic they might if they were located on Main Street, 33 Acres already has a loyal following…

Downward Facing Brewdog

The BrewDog TV show, which is not all that bad actually, has an episode in which yogis at a donut shop are sipping beer in Adho Mukha Svanasana (that’s downward-facing dog for you ignorant punks!). Now we can call it “downward facing BrewDog.” It caught the eye of blogger Niche of TastingNiche and reminded me that I have…

An Evil Twin in Aberdeen

With a few days to spare prior to our September 5 departure from Scotland, we squeezed in Aberdeen. It’s Scotland’s third-largest city and home to its most famous and successful modern brewery: Brewdog. Fellow Ratebeerian and gypsy brewer Evil Twin (Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø) happened to be at Brew Dog. The busy twin brother of Mikkeller hosted…

Beerfest Asia Puts the Pour in Singapore

Singapore is a hard city to pin down. The best way to describe it to my Florida friends is Boca meets Hong Kong–an artificial, soulless, new, manufactured, wealthy, consumer-driven zone, yet one that does not totally lack the character and culture of Asia. It’s got green space, public transport, and street food but an Epcot…

Our First Malaysian Road Trip!

We just got back from a 4d/3n road trip–our first ever in Malaysia. Renting a car was easy and about the same price as in Europe, but a little more than in North America. The total price including the rental of a GPS came to about $45–50 per day. We got a local car called…

Between Bayernhaus and Brussels Cafe, We’ve Got KL Covered

It doesn’t take us much beer to get happy these days. Give us an $8 Hoegaarden and a $10 Hacker-Pschorr Animator and consider us tickled. Finding tasty alcoholic beverages in any Muslim country can be a real challenge. But thankfully, KL has a vibrant blogging community. One of the local blogs happens to be devoted…

Buses and Beers in Vietnam

The Mai Linh Express bus from Saigon to Phnom Penh lasts about 7 hours including the border crossing. That’s about 2 hours longer than they claim but it was a smooth ride. Our bus was peopled with other peculiar passengers including a couple traveling on Cuban passports, and a Vietnamese-Australian family. Cambodian customs and immigration…

The Buttenheim Kerwabaum

Where there is a Bavarian beer festival there are also remnants of the Germanic pagan traditions. Today in Buttenheim we witnessed one of these old tribal traditions at the St. Georgenbräu brewery in Buttenheim. St. Georgenbräu also happens to be one of our favorite breweries in the area. This is why: Fashion historians might also…

Bitter, Sweet, and Smoky

It’s time for us to leave, and it’s time for me to whine. Right now there is a festival going on in Bamberg called Sandkerwa (pronounced Sand-Curve-Ah). At first I was angry that the fireworks that end the festival start at 10 PM on Monday–and we have to leave around 9:30. Seriously, what a bummer!…

Annafest Forchheim

Holy shit that was fun! Annafest Forchheim has got to be the most attractive German beer festival I can imagine. It’s about two kilometers outside of Forchheim in the kellerwald, literally a collection of beer cellars (kellers) dug into forested hills. So basically it’s a beer festival in the woods. It is an incredible atmosphere,…