Stocks are running low what with The Son and Heir and Daddy’s Little Girl being home… the solution, brew your own.
I took a shot at this in my Twenties when I bought a homebrew pack and drunk it with Andy, my Best Man.
Beer country: Colorado www.denver.org
Probably before it was ready.
All of which brings me onto breweries, and more specifically brewery trips.
Watch out for the monks: Strahov in Prague
Czech this out
The Strahov Monastery Brewery, Prague https://www.klasterni-pivovar.cz: And memories of sitting in a bar (remember them) in the Prague area, The Castle, with a trio of different Czech beers on the menu.
Before being given a guided tour of the on-site brewery and finishing off the night drinking Czech liqueur with plain-clothes monks.
Bottle it: BrewDog
Brew for you
BrewDog, Aberdeenshire, Scotland: https://www.brewdog.com/bars/uk/dogtap-ellon?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=gmb-dogtapellon: And they had me at pets who the hipster employees are allowed to take to work.
Happy hour: Brains in Cardiff
Brains, Cardiff, Wales https://www.sabrain.com: And our lecturers at my journalism college in Cardiff knew that to be a top reporter we needed to hone our drinking.
Avery Brewing Company, Colorado, USA: https://www.averybrewing.com: Where the man with the coolest job in the world (after me) beer archaeologist Travis works.
Travis persuaded the brewery in Avery in America’s craft brewing heart, Colorado, to employ him to curate beers from the ancient Middle East, and further afield.
Last orders: In Monaghan
One for the road
Brehon Brewhouse, Co. Monaghan, Ireland http://www.brehonbrewhouse.ie: The best beers are often the ones at the end of a long and winding road.
And having gone round and round in circles in the backwaters of Co. Monaghan https://monaghantourism.com and Monaghan’s country roads we finally found our bar in the friendliest micro-brewery in the area. Nectar!
MEET YOU IN THE BREWERY