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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.

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...

ON THE AVENUES: Daze of future passed (1998 – 2021)

Pints&union began operations three years ago yesterday (and today, and this week). The following column first appeared at the NA Confidential blog in 2018,...

Werner Tübke, East German art, and the Americans in 1989

When the following article appeared in 2017, all of the talk in America was about building walls. Characteristically The Magnificent Trumpolini never understood that...

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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...

40 Years in Beer, Part Ten: When friends actually did let friends drive drunk

Previously: 40 Years in Beer, Part Nine: The point of know return. It has taken me a long while to understand that it usually takes...

“Death to Chain Restaurants,” or how one evening at Taco Bell (circa 2005) radicalized...

I've meant to tell this story many times over the years. Earlier this week the topic arose at Facebook in the form of a...