The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Exploring Belgium’s Second City, Antwerp

On my first trip to Belgium, I spent most of my time in Brussels. This is hardly surprising, since it is: a) the capital and by a fair degree the country’s largest city; b) an easy place to navigate in English, even back in the 1990s; and c) accessible by train directly from the airport. … [ Read more]

The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Amazing Asheville

When you think of American craft beer capitals—because, really, no one should buy into the notion that there can be just one—the obvious cities might include Seattle or Portland, Boston or Chicago, maybe even the self-proclaimed “America’s Best Beer-Drinking City” of Philadelphia. One that won’t come immediately to mind is the modest urban hub of … [ Read more]

The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Touring Toronto’s Brewery Renaissance

For many years, Toronto was a relatively brewery-deprived city. I mean, yes, there were breweries, including one of Ontario’s first—the now-defunct Upper Canada Brewing—along with a few early brewpubs. But compared with other cities, even other Canadian cities such as Victoria and Montréal, there wasn’t a whole lot to be had. Fortunately, that’s all changed … [ Read more]

Chasing the Beer Scene in Stratford, Ontario

Minneapolis–St. Paul has been ranked as “the best” on several national lists. It’s not surprising. We have abundant green space, a sophisticated bike lane and trail system, world-class theaters, and a wide variety of boutiques, high-end restaurants and, of course, breweries. Now, imagine all that the Twin Cities have to offer and squish it down … [ Read more]

The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Drinking in Thoroughly Modern London

During the latter part of his enormously successful career, the late Michael Jackson, beer writer extraordinaire, employed an assistant named Owen Barstow. Like Michael, Owen was London based and beer fixated, which on one memorable occasion led to he and I enjoying a rollicking discussion about drinking on each of our respective sides of the … [ Read more]

The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Kansas City

I’m going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come It may well be possible to visit Kansas City, Missouri, without making a special trip to the corner of 18th Street and Vine, a historic cradle of American jazz, but for me it was not. So, after the beer tasting and dinner I hosted at … [ Read more]

The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Something About Buffalo, NY

Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading beer writers, Stephen Beaumont is the author or co-author of 10 books about beer, including The World Atlas of Beer (2012) and two editions of The Pocket Beer Guide (2013 & 2014), all co-written with Tim Webb. His new book, The Beer & Food Companion, will be … [ Read more]