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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

My Beers in the GDR, Part One: A working lunch in East Berlin, August...

In 1989 I spent the first three weeks of August buffing and polishing V. I. Lenin’s shoes. The footwear belonged to a gargantuan statue...

The famous mishap in Madrid, November, 1989

This column from "On the Avenues" originally was published at NA Confidential on November 14, 2019. Kindly note that nothing came of my plan...

From 2017: “When it comes to beer, less might yet be more”

This column was written in 2017. Pints&union came along in 2018, and Common Haus Hall in 2022. At both these establishments, owned by Joe...

European Grand Tour 1985, Part 2: In Luxembourg, I hit the ground crawling

Previously: European Grand Tour 1985, Part 1: Three months that shook my world. In retrospect, two relatively odd twists stand out about the inaugural European...

European Grand Tour 1985, Part 1: Three months that shook my world

1984 gets all the ink, but it was 1985 that changed me forever. There was no keeping me down on the farm after I'd...

Not Hip & Fewer Hops: Congratulations to Larry, who found his way through the...

Originally posted at Food & Dining Magazine on 15 Nov 2021. In a previous life, I fancied myself a group tour operator, and for a...

Menu Items: All the food was Greek to me, and gratefully so

Originally published at Food & Dining Magazine on 7 November 2021. --- “Edibles & Potables” is Food & Dining Magazine’s Sunday morning slot for a merry...

Not Hip & Fewer Hops: My bucket beer list is NOT served with sliced...

Originally published at Food & Dining Magazine on 27 September 2021. Mr. Creosote: "Better get a bucket." Maître d': "booKAY?" I’ve often been accused of being a cynic,...

Lanesville Heritage Weekend is here again, and my mind is wandering (again)

On Indiana State Road 62, the main highway through Lanesville, there stands a sturdy red barn with nicely restored Mail Pouch Tobacco advertisements on...

Down the rabbit hole with Radio GDR

Merely a bookmark to offer: Radio GDR. Life in the former East Germany holds an ongoing fascination for many people. Join us on the East Germany...

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40 Years in Beer, Part Fifteen: A clash of titans (with Elephant Beer) in...

Previously: 40 Years in Beer, Part Fourteen: Pilsner Urquell pilgrimage, locked gates, and a taxi driver’s day off. Back home again in Indiana, the year...

40 Years in Beer, Part Fourteen: Pilsner Urquell pilgrimage, locked gates, and a taxi...

The inaugural pilgrimage to the Pilsner Urquell brewery in 1987 was an epochal day even though we were denied entry. I’ve tasted thousands of...

40 Years in Beer, Part Thirteen: In 1987, it was almost “impossible to find...

Previously: 40 Years in Beer, Part Twelve: Those first ever draft Pilsner Urquells in Prague, 1987. When Barrie and I arrived in Czechoslovakia, it became...