5 Beer Varieties You’ve Never Heard Of (And Where to Drink Them)


Let’s talk religion for a bit. Dopplebock will definitely help you find some. The heavy lager was originally brewed in 1627 by the kind hearted Paulener Monks who were looking for a way to reprieve the citizens of Munich from the pangs of hunger felt during Lenten fasting. They figured a thick as molasses, 8% ABV beer would do the trick.

Dopplebock, or starkbier as it’s often called, is best drank during Starkbierzeit in Munich. Starkbierzeit is the beer festivals locals don’t want you to know about. And you probably shouldn’t go unless you can handle your beer. Otherwise, you’ll end up like me, bowing down to the porcelain gods.


Okay, so you may have heard of Saison before. It’s another beer that craft brewers are bastardizing. But do you really know the story behind Saison? Saison itself stands for farmhouse ale. The style traces its roots to the French-speaking, Wallonian countryside of Belgium. As potable water was unavailable, farmers brewed Saison to quench the thirst of their farmhands while they were working in the fields.

The original Saisons included spices, much like today’s Saisons. However, they were brewed to a low ABV of 3.5% as the farmers didn’t want their employees sleeping on the job…

Saison Dupont is still considered to be the hallmark of Saisons even though it’s brewed to 6.5% ABV. The brewery, Brasserie Dupont, can be visited in the village of Tourpes and should definitely be included on your Belgium beer itinerary.



American City Guide: New York City

New York City is the most populous city in the United States and has a reputation as the most vibrant and thrilling vacation destination on the continent. It’s the home of New York Fashion Week, the United Nations, Broadway, Wall Street, and the Statue of Liberty. Its fast pace inspired the phrase “New York minute” and even if you only have $5 per day to spend, you can still enjoy every aspect of this incredible metropolis.

Extravagant Hotel Pools You Need to See

For a lot of us, the pool is the holiday and the holiday is the pool. The success or failure of a getaway in the sun is determined by just how good the pool is. Knowing this, many hotels have some truly absurd swimming pools. Absurd for their grandeur and extravagance, these pools alone would make an unforgettable holiday.

Total Relaxation: 10 Best Wellness Retreats

Depending on what kind of relaxation you are looking for, a wellness retreat can offer an extraordinary vacay away from daily distractions of life, while enjoying incredible cuisine, along with fun activities to keep your body moving. Whether you love the idea of some hiking, yoga, meditation, or massages, there are a variety of wellness retreats all across the globe that help you relax, find your inner self, and feel rejuvenated.