Raise a Pint in Sacramento

by Mary Jo Manzanares on May 13, 2015

Once home to the largest craft brewery in the Golden State, Sacramento’s beer scene is back – in a big way. Home to more than 40 breweries, the Sacramento region is embracing its agricultural roots to create homegrown beers that are quickly attracting international attention.  Beyond a staggering selection of local brews to choose from, […]


Just Drop Me Off Anywhere

by Mary Jo Manzanares on August 3, 2013

Oh, just drop me off. . . anywhere is fine. Anywhere? Really? It’s that adventurous spirit that makes me curious about where the current Heineken ad series is going to go with the concept. Oh sure, I’ve had the beer, but combine beer and travel and you really have my attention. Add in some appetizers […]


Party Like it’s Prohibition in Philadelphia

by Mary Jo Manzanares on December 3, 2012

McGillins Olde Ale House Philadelphia

The Prohibition craze that’s manifesting in the nation’s bars, bookstores and TV programs will spark even more interest when the American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition makes its debut at Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center, which is curating and hosting the first-of-its-kind exhibition from October 19, 2012 to April 28, 2013. The exhibit contains […]


San Diego: The Cool Spot for Craft Beer

by Mary Jo Manzanares on November 17, 2012

Blind Lady AleHouse San Diego

With a casual, relaxed atmosphere, and locals who take good beer seriously without taking themselves too seriously, San Diego is a welcomed escape for a libation vacation.  Industry innovators like Karl Strauss and Stone Brewing make their homes in San Diego, and the region boasts an enviable number of award-winning breweries and a wide variety […]

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Milwaukee: A Beer Lover’s Dream Destination

by Mary Jo Manzanares on October 29, 2012

Milwaukee Wisconsin at night

Whether it’s on tap, in bottles, cans or kegs, beer is what “made Milwaukee famous.” From legendary German brewers Blatz, Pabst, Schlitz and Miller to modern craft brew masters, Milwaukee’s beer heritage and culture still thrives today.  Great beer, great places to drink it and food to pair with it can all be found on […]


Cooking Classes in Belgium

by Rita Cook on March 22, 2012

Cooking Time in Belgium

I’m no cook and I will be the first to admit it. However, trying my hand at a cooking school in Brussels, Belgium, with a group of friends was too much to pass up. Keep in mind I am a person who can’t even boil water – but I was assured that by the end […]


Neighborhood Microbreweries in Indianapolis

by Robert Annis on March 15, 2012

Sun King Osiris Indianapolis

For years, Indianapolis was derisively referred to as Naptown, but that perception has finally have been laid to rest after the city’s bang-up job of hosting the Super Bowl in February. Visitors from all over the world were shocked to find what most Hoosiers have known for years, the Circle City is filled with culture, […]

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Dusseldorf: The Longest Bar in the World

by Rita Cook on August 23, 2011

Bolkerstrasse the longest bar dusseldorf

Many cities have monikers to be proud of, but Dusseldorf residents are especially proud of their designation:  The Longest Bar in the World.  After all, in Germany beer is the equivalent of drinking wine in France or tea in Asia. The Longest Bar is actually a designation given to Altstadt, a section of the city’s […]