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I’m really thrilled to be writing for Waitrose Drinks magazine, which is both gorgeously designed and has some illustrious contributors. For Issue 4, coming out in good time for Christmas 2018, I was asked to write the Stay-Visit-Eat feature on Portugal, which includes a section on one of my favourite European cities, Porto.
Yoga in a brewery? Ping-pong tournaments? These are just some of the quirky attractions at Dragoon Brewing Company on West Grant Road.
Hangover workouts are also popular, which is probably a good idea as Dragoon produces several quite potent brews.
For a man destined to become president of a brewery, Allan Congar didn’t get off to a very good start. In 2004 he blew up his first attempt at brewing a porter at home.
“I didn’t measure everything like I should have,” Congar said. “My wife kicked me out to go brew in the garage.”
Tucson has been a beer town since the aptly-named Pioneer Brewery opened in 1864. The area’s vineyards have been one of Arizona’s best-kept secrets, surprising visitors and even locals who assume you can’t make wine here. And that’s one of the problems facing the new wave of Southern Arizona distillers, thinks Stephen Paul, the founder of Hamilton Distillers when asked about the challenges facing distillers in and around Tucson.
‘Let’s rock ‘n’ roll!’ the policewoman yelled to the crowd. Not a phrase you expect to hear from a policewoman but this one was in Mobile, Alabama, and getting people fired up for a Mardi Gras parade. The cops, some wearing beads or flowers, were roaring their bikes up and down, making sure the streets were clear, the vendors and their carts were out of the way, and the crowds all safely behind barriers.
From where I was standing, opposite the Battle House Hotel on the corner of Royal and Fra...