It began as a hunger for flavor, diversity, quality, authenticity and uniqueness. By the mid-1970s, it took on the fervor of a renaissance, beginning with a trickle of microbreweries and a few home brewers. It grew over the years to become today’s highly regarded and highly original American craft beer.
How to describe craft beer? Personal answers vary from “10 minutes of pleasure” to “a glass to revere” and “best beer in the world.” A short version of the Brewers Association’s official definition of an American microbrewery is small, producing less than 15,000 barrels a year; independent; and using traditional or innovative brewing ingredients. All of which helps give craft beer its distinctive flavors and individuality.
Their styles vary across the entire spectrum of beers, from the lovely Pilsner of Brooklyn Brewery, along with its Oktoberfest, Winter Ale and other products; to Samuel Adams’ Boston Lager and its Cream Stout; and Oskar Blues Brewery’s Dale’s Pale Ale. There’s also Black Butte Porter, Anchor Steam Beer, Loose Cannon India Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Coney Island Amber Lager, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Sawtooth Ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Purple Haze Wheat Beer, Dead Guy Ale and hundreds more.
America has always been a beer-making, beer-loving country. Native Americans made corn beer long before Europeans arrived with their versions of beer. The first brewery on these shores opened in the early 1600s in New Amsterdam (Manhattan). By 1873, the country had 4,131 breweries. Since then, American beer and breweries experienced a roller coaster history which, by the time the craft beer revolution began, saw the major portion of American beer made by a few gigantic breweries mostly in one style — pale (in both color and flavor) lagers. Imported beers were not yet a major factor in America.
When the beer revolution began, the country had eight craft brewers. Today, nearly 2,800 craft brewers (a number including craft brewpubs, which are restaurant-breweries) account for 7.8 percent of all beer made in this country. One statistic even claims the average American now lives within 10 miles of a brewery.
Today is the best time in our country’s history to be a beer lover.
Opened this past November, Osaka Excel Tokyu Hotel rethinks the classic Japanese business hotel format in a delightful way. While the basic design concept is rooted in generations-old Japanese aesthetics, its wow factor comes from the interior designers’ approach of filtering them through a kaleidoscope. This effect is accomplished with ornate hexagonal lamps, carpeting with geometric shape motifs and pops of happy gold and blue hues. The lobby adds to that with a whimsical, but sophisticated mix of artwork and decorative ornaments, with a color palette and ornamentation that extends to 364 private rooms and suites throughout 17 floors.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
In an age where airlines continually look for new ways to increase connectivity and offer passengers more options, a new agreement gives United Airlines passengers the ability to book spots on 68 Vistara-operated flights to 26 destinations in India. The agreement goes into effect Feb. 28.
Brussels Airlines is making Belgium travel easier with a new year-round route from Washington, D.C. (IAD).
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Las Vegas is poised to host one of hospitality’s most ambitious projects to date with the announcement Resorts World Las Vegas and Hilton will combine three premium Hilton brands into a single property.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
Hotel Indigo recently launched its Clues to the Neighborhood initiative, a fun way for travelers to discover experiences in property neighborhoods. Clues to the Neighborhood uses curated artifacts to artfully present travelers with a new look at a locale, with the hope of leading them to local museums, shops, music venues, restaurants and bars.