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A to Z Challenge: C is for Craft Beer

By Friday, April 03, 2015

This post originally appeared as part of the A to Z Challenge, and was called 'C is for Craft Beer'.

If you read my blog regularly, you'll notice I mention my husband's blog occasionally (and also maybe the banner at the bottom of my sidebar). If not, you should know that although I don't drink a lot of beer myself, my husband is a craft beer nerd snob enthusiast. So whenever we travel, we always stop by the best bars, tap houses, brew pubs and bottle shops.

So somewhat unwittingly, I've found I've been to some world class beer establishments.

For example, from RateBeer.com's Top 50 Destinations I've been to:

2. BierCab, Barcelona
I was really surprised this place made it to number 2, but as my husband pointed out, people don't go to Barcelona to drink beer, so a lot of these ratings are coming from locals and regular tourists, not the hardcore craft beer crowd.

5. Kulminator, Antwerp

Kulminator is an unusual place, it looks like someone's attic with odds and ends tacked to the walls, dried hops hanging from the ceiling and the odd cat darting around. It's gained some folklore around it in the craft beer world. The general consensus is that the owner takes so long finding bottles in the cellar because he must first do battle against the monsters guarding the vast library of beer. He's always won, so far.

6. Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà, Rome
Small, plain, and not terribly inviting, I'm surprised how well rated it is.

12. Brasserie 4:20, Rome

I liked it here, the place has a very cool, industrial vibe without being cold. They serve burger and fries type food, and the staff were friendly. Probably my favorite place in Rome for beer.

19. Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussels

29. Proeflokaal Arendsnest, Amsterdam

47. Bir&Fud, Rome
I was not impressed with this place, it was very small and they didn't seem to want to leave the beer menu with us for any length of time. The most memorable part was that the guy sitting next to us ordered a second pizza for himself after downing the first.

I've also visited Delirium Hoppy Loft in Brussels and Zlý Časy in Prague, and attended a few beer festivals, including Prague and CAMBRA's Real Ale Festival in Edinburgh. In June we're planning on visiting the Castle Beer Festival in Budapest.

So despite not being much of a beer drinker myself, craft beer has made a pretty frequent appearance in my travels. So much so, that when I was in Venice for work, I found myself researching bars and googling directions...well, until I decided I should try one of those pink spritzes, instead!

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  1. What a tour! I'm sure the nerd snob enthusiast loved it :)

    Happy Friday!

  2. Great list - I'm a big fan of a nice, bitter and hoppy IPA myself :-) Cheers - Ellen

    1. Yeah, that's what my husband likes, I'm more of a Belgian strong ale girl myself.

  3. I am not a beer drinking, but hubby is, and he loves craft beers. Darker is better.

  4. When I travel and look at my monthly expenses (yes I'm nerd enough to track what I spend) I can always tell the drinking days, cause the top is blown off my daily spending average. Craft beer are fun, but not on the wallet.

    1. Yeah, we're going to Copenhagen in a few weeks, and we've determined the only way to keep costs under control is to get our food from grocery stores and spend the rest on beer.

  5. A craft beer tour sounds like fun.

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