The west coast of Michigan is a magnificent stretch of sugar sand beaches and the largest collection of freshwater dunes in the world. Years ago, as college students, we drove out to these beaches late at night with our friends. We drank macro brew under the stars, while listening to the waves crashing on the... View Article
Beer Travelers - Full Pints September 1, 2009 - Paul Ruschmann
Beer Travelers - Full Pints July 1, 2009 - Paul Ruschmann
Not long ago we spent a long, lazy weekend in Portland, OR. It soon became clear that it would take two articles to do this beer-blessed city justice. In the last issue we visited the Pearl District, a short streetcar ride from downtown. This issue, we’ll venture to other parts of town. So, come on.... View Article
Beer Travelers - Full Pints May 1, 2009 - Paul Ruschmann
To call Portland, OR, “an embarrassment of beer riches” would be an understatement. For years, enthusiasts have flocked to the Rose City to enjoy that perfect pint; and establishment after establishment either brews, or pours, nectar from the gods. The city is so serious about its beer that one alternative newspaper rates movies on a... View Article
Beer Travelers - Full Pints March 1, 2009 - Paul Ruschmann
In the 1830s, immigrants from Germany and Bohemia began settling in St. Louis, MO. Not only were these Central Europeans a natural customer base for beer, but their ranks also included many skilled craftsmen who brewed good beer with abundant local water, kept cool in limestone caves indigenous to the area.
Beer Travelers - Full Pints January 1, 2009 - Paul Ruschmann
In spite of recent political turmoil, Washington, DC, remains a special place for Americans. It’s the host for our government, the nerve center for our military, the home of our national museums, and now once again, a location for our national pastime, baseball. Sooner, or later, everyone visits there.
Beer Travelers - Full Pints November 1, 2008 - Paul Ruschmann
One of the best parts of beer traveling is finding neighborhood watering holes that you wish were in your own neighborhood. And find them we did in Baltimore. Or, as the locals pronounce it, Bawlmer.
Beer Travelers - Full Pints September 1, 2008 - Paul Ruschmann
It’s easy to overlook places close to home. Maryanne’s dad used to lament how many people who grew up just a short bus or train ride from New York City and never visited the Statue of Liberty or the observation deck atop the Empire State Building. The same goes for beer traveling. With the soaring... View Article
Beer Travelers - Full Pints July 1, 2008 - Paul Ruschmann
New Jersey residents identify where they live by indicating the Garden State Parkway exit nearest their home. As kids, we never gave it a second thought. It was just a part of everyday life. Paul’s was 139B. Maryanne was 50 and, later, 137.
Beer Travelers - Full Pints May 1, 2008 - Paul Ruschmann
Even before we became Beer Travelers in earnest, Montreal was a favorite destination. The city’s francophone roots are still strong, and French remains the language you’ll hear spoken most often. Don’t let that scare you off. Your efforts to speak a few words of high school French will be warmly received and appreciated. And English... View Article