|One of my favorites- June 2011|
|Driveway brewing- Norfolk VA circa 2006|
|Paying homage to Sam Adams- Boston September 2006|
|Old school in Copenhagen- July 2012|
Our move overseas required Glenn to leave his brewing equipment behind. I think this was the hardest part of our move since Glenn not only enjoys drinking beer but he loves brewing it as well. Without his equipment he hasn't been able to brew since we have been in Albania- the closest we have come is to attending a raki burning- but he has been able to find beers that are surprisingly good. We were both shocked to learn that Albania has its share of homegrown breweries. Our favorite local beer by far is Korce E Zeze (dark Korce) from the Korce Brewery. While good though, I'm not sure it is in the same league as those from international breweries.
So how is a beer lover to cope? Unfortunately, most of our travels throughout the Balkans do not provide opportunities for great beer consumption. Occasionally we will discover something exciting but all too often the import selection revolves around the mass produced American beers we won't even drink when we are back in the U.S. While we're open to local suggestions, we're realizing that in order to experience really good beers, we must head north. So it should come as no surprise that upcoming travel plans for the fall include trips to the Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany. Apparently if we can't bring the beer to us, we'll go to the beer.