DATES: July 25 – Aug. 2, 2018
Franconia, in the very north of Bavaria, has largely ignored the craft beer explosion, and for good reasons — its tiny, local artisanal house brewers never disappeared, and its larger, more industrial brewers continue to produce a range of distinct, regional styles. With its countless kellers & biergartens, in addition to a full calendar of folk festivals, the area is a treasure trove for the beer traveler.
Barcelona & Beyond
DATES: Oct. 25 – Nov. 1, 2018
Over the past ten years, Spain has discovered a serious taste for craft beer. In the city & surroundings of Barcelona, in particular, a growing concentration of quirky DIY breweries & pubs has sprung up, courtesy of the most passionate, enthusiastic and just-plain fun group of new brewers & publicans in the world. There’s a secret beer party going on, and we have the password.
Belgium & France
Every year, thousands of travelers flock to Brussels for lambic, and to Paris for wine. Yet very few are aware of the newly-revived farmhouse ale culture lying directly between the two, just a few kilometers away. The pastoral beauty of northern France and southern Belgium affords passionate travelers a unique and underappreciated glimpse into the living culture of saisons, biere de gardes, and other traditional brews being made the old-fashioned way, in their historical home.
Within the former Soviet Bloc territories of Estonia, Latvia, & Lithuania there is a very long but little-known history of farmhouse brewing. Over the past few years we at Shelton Brothers have befriended a number of artisans carrying on the tradition in the countrysides; meanwhile there is also a new wave of other small breweries taking that tradition as inspiration, either by recreating old recipes on a new, commercial scale, or applying indigenous principles to more modern styles.