After a day on the desert single track eating only trail mix, the occasional granola bar and lukewarm energy drinks, food is top of mind for all cyclists and hikers on our new Arizona tours.
As we all know, everything tastes a bit better at altitude, perhaps after a long day of skiing, snowboarding, biking, rafting or fishing. So, to tempt your taste buds after an epic day, check out these distilleries and their "spirited" offerings for a tasty mountain treat.
So is pub theology just talk? Yes. And no. It is deep relationships. It is barriers coming down. It is stereotypes being proven wrong. It is new friendships occurring. It is lines being crossed. It is deep thinking about the issues we all face as humanity, being discussed from varying perspectives.
Craft beer is a hot topic, people! So hear me roar, this is my rally cry to the foodie universe: It's time to put craft beer on equal footing with wine and spirits in terms of education and emphasis in the culinary world.
The last decade has brought a resurgence of craft breweries across the country. The coolest not only make outstanding beer, but also are designed with a sense of place in mind, offering activities, brewery tours, and personality to match.
Everyone knows that James Bond likes his martini shaken, not stirred. And The Dude would obviously have you order him a White Russian. But before The Dude ordered his signature drink, it's a safe bet that not everyone knew what a White Russian was.
Duvel Moortgat's purchase of Boulevard Brewery means a European company bringing money into the United States. It will create jobs. More importantly, it will create more beer. This is an unquestioningly good development.
One of life's hardest choices: Beer or Wine?
My mission this trip was to boldly go -- well, a bit further east (and not just on the way to the airport).
By the measure of fanatical hometown craft beer loyalty, Kansas City's Boulevard Brewing Company ranks about 175 on a scale of 100. No wonder then, that the announcement of Boulevard's sale to Duvel Moortgat Brewery of Belgium was greeted with some raw emotion.
A guy on my right approached me and asked if I was a U.S. citizen. I said, "Yes." Upon my confirmation, two other men came over to sit at my small table as four more people at the bar, three men and a lady, turned around to listen.
A man walks into a bar. Ouch. The poor bastard should have walked into a pub.
Instead of saying auf wiedersehen to German brews, take these foreign styles for a spin.
Unlike the real Oktoberfest, which ends the first week in October, DBGB and other NY establishments celebrate this happy holiday throughout the month.
Hofbrauhaus is one of the most famous Oktoberfest tents, and Hofbrau is known far and wide as THE German beer. Kelley checked out the actual Hofbrauhaus, the historic, 5 story beer hall in downtown Munich and was surprised to find that it is NOT overrated.
Pop open a cold one and fire up your grill.
A nice, non-twist bottle of beer, like a fine wine, or maybe also a banana, begins with a test. It says -- you have me, but first you must open me up.