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Who goes to Germany to avoid beer? It’s the third biggest beer manufacturer in the world and entire cities here pride themselves on thousand-year-old brewing techniques. Plus, there’s almost always an ongoing beerfest waiting for you to sip a liter or two.
But today, going to do the opposite. We're serving up a taste of Germany beyond the beer to include a taste of the Rhineland Riesling corridor, a cider-obsessed city, and a corner of the country so proud of their wine they elect wine queens—in the same competitive way South America anoints beauty queens—to represent the country.
Here are some cities that avoided beer altogether and prefer a fruitier touch to their happy-hour.
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Now Southwest flights will stock Leinenkugel's seasonal craft selections, along with Dos Equis Lager Especial . We recognize that these aren’t necessarily the microbrews you might be looking for, but we’ve never frowned upon a more varied selection.
It’ll be $5 for either of these new options, or you can you use one of your Rapid Rewards drink coupons. The options from Leinenkugel will change with the seasons, so expect Snowdrift Vanilla Porter if you’re flying anytime soon. Other options will include Summer Shandy during warmer weather, and Oktoberfest in the fall.
Oh—and if you need something to go alongside your drink there’s always peanuts. Southwest is transitioning back to honey roasted peanuts—they’re free—throughout the rest of 2015.
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It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
Sure legroom is reduced, seats are slim, and checking your bag might just cost you a few extra bucks; however, in some ways flying has never been better. 2014 proved this fact through the proliferation onboard of one of our favorite in-flight amenities—craft beer.
No offense to the big boy bottlers, but we have had our fill of the most common domestic options. Thankfully carriers from Alaska Airlines to Virgin America have gotten with the craft beer movement, and that’s why an improved onboard beer selection is our pick for the in-flight amenity of the year.
We have talked about up in the air beers time and time again, and thankfully we continue to do so. That’s because the options continue to improve, and although nothing can replace a pint at the pub—we’re getting some pretty great traytable options.
Delta is the latest to up their offerings, as they recently announced sevencount 'em, SEVENnew craft beer options for the in-flight beverage cart. Sips and suds from Ballast Point Brewing Company, Blue Point Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, and Stone Brewing Company are just some of the new options.
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A bar is the last place you want to walk around shoeless. Broken glass, spilled beer, and oh-God-what's-on-the-bathroom-floor leave you nervous even in a pair of boots, let alone barefoot.
But a certain bar in Ghent, Belgium asks for a shoe as a glass deposit. That's an easy way to ensure nobody steals your mugs.
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Beer makes everything better.
This is you at brunch, when your friend asks, "Want to run a half-marathon with me?"
This is you at brunch, when your friend asks, “Want to bicycle for 10 days and 200 miles across Belgium, drinking lots of awesome beer?”
Please direct your attention (and your hypothetical friend) to Beercycling, a nifty business that organizes brewery-hopping bicycle trips. Among the awesome-sounding excursions slated for next Spring is a 10-Day Flanders Adventure Tour that covers 200 cycles across Belgium, encompassing eight towns and 10 breweries.
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It’s November and that means that the weather is turning a little bit cooler, but for this month let’s do our best to try to stay warm. Of course hitting up a few beer festivals can do exactly that, but it’ll work even better if the festivals are in warm weather locations. Check out these beer festivals doing their thing this month from spots to California to Louisiana:
San Diego Brewers Guild Festival – San Diego, CA
When it comes to beer they call themselves the “Capital of Craft,” and we’re not going to disagree with the friendly folks over in San Diego. This weekend—November 7th to November 8th—is when things will take place, as it’s the 12th annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. Sips and samples from over 50 breweries from in and around the area will be featured. Tickets will set you back $40, and that includes all the samples that you can enjoy. Food trucks will be on hand if you need something to eat, and there will be some live music to round out the fun.
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Mention Oktoberfest to most Germans and expect a few groans. It’s touristy, overpriced, and a poor parody of Bavarian traditions. Still, that doesn’t make it any less fun.
Now that the world’s most popular beer festival is over for another year, we can put away our lederhosen and let our livers enter a year-long rehab. Waitain’t nobody got time for that.
Here are just a few relatively unknown German beer festivals that more authentic and way cheaper than Munich’s premier beer fest:
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The cooler temperatures require something to warm you up, and a great way to do exactly that is with a beer festival. Time is running out to enjoy some sips and samples this October, but there’s still a few weekends left to celebrate. Here are three big city beer festivals where you can toast to the fall:
Los Angeles Fall Beer Festival
Things in Los Angeles only take place on one day, so be sure to clear your calendar for Saturday, October 18 between noon and 4pm. The kegs and taps will be doing their thing over at LA Center Studios, and organizers promise everything from food trucks to live music. As far as the beer is concerned there will be over 150 options from which to choose, and $40 will get in the door and access to plenty to taste—just bring extra cash for something to eat.
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One of the biggest festivals of the year is now underway in Germany but, if you’re stuck at home in the nifty fifty, there are still a few spots to celebrate Oktoberfest—even at the airport.
For example, we know that Lufthansa is all in when it comes to the seasonal celebration, and this continues at the airport as well. Senator and Business Lounges around the world, including those in the US (New York-JFK, Newark-Liberty, and Washington-Dulles, Detroit).
The lounge staff might not be in traditional dress like some of the cabin crew, but a few Oktoberfest treats will be added to the food and beverage selection.
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Traveling to Hawaii is a dream in itself, but somehow Hawaiian Airlines continues to enhance the experience of flights to and from the islands. This time, the update has nothing to do with more legroom or better in-flight entertainment, though there's those as well; this time, our focus is on what's just been added to the beverage cart.
Hawaiian Airlines is now serving up bottles from Maui Brewing Company on many of their international flights, and domestic flights will get the new brews as well beginning October 1. To start, it’ll just be Bikini Blonde Lagerthe brewery's flagship beerbut popularity will decide if Mana Wheat or Big Swell IPA should also come onboard.
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One of the first things you'll hear about Prague is that buying a pint of beer there costs less than ordering water. It's true, as any visitor to the Czech Republic quickly discovers, but it's hardly the only place with such a virtue.
We've compared the price of a bottle of local beer with that of a bottle of non-fancy still water to discover what other destinations truly qualify to be described as "where beer is cheaper than water":