Beer & Bike: On the Trail of Adriaen Brouwer 

Introduction Walking around my adopted home city, Antwerpen, Belgium, you will not get very far before coming face to face (quite literally!) with Antwerpen’s artistic legacy. David Teniers, Anthony Van Dyck, Jacob Jordaens, Quinten Matsys, Peter Paul Rubens. These immortal giants of Flemish art stand today as stone sentinels around the city reminding citizens and visitors … More Beer & Bike: On the Trail of Adriaen Brouwer 

Dionysian Prague

Prague is a city with a mind boggling number of beer pilgrimages.  Known as the city of a hundred spires, it could just as easily be called the city of a hundred breweries.  Prague is a city which can be enjoyed on many levels.  It has a rich history in, to name a few, the Habsburg … More Dionysian Prague

The Next Best Day Ever – RÜ Oktoberfest (Essen)

When I hear the word Ruhr, my mind immediately is filled with grainy black and white video footage of allied bombing in WWII accompanied by the deep resonating voice of an unseen narrator. Smoke, rubble, bent steel, shattered windows, chimneys toppled into piles of bricks and ash. The word Ruhr itself is as much the antithesis to Bavaria … More The Next Best Day Ever – RÜ Oktoberfest (Essen)

One Year Anniversary of “The Best Day Ever”

So what is your best day ever? Honestly, it’s a loaded question, isn’t it?  It all depends on your audience.  If it’s your child, “It’s the day you were born, Sweetheart!”   If it’s your girlfriend, “It was the time I first laid eyes on you!”  To your mates, it’s the day your sports team … More One Year Anniversary of “The Best Day Ever”

Dionysian Gent (a.k.a. Getting the Noose in Ghent)

Karolus, Carolus, and Karel As a lover of Belgian beer, I am continually reminded never to take the names of the beers for granted.  I am sure that every beer maker puts some thought behind the name of their beer and every beer will have some historical link from the brewer’s own personal life or something far more … More Dionysian Gent (a.k.a. Getting the Noose in Ghent)