The Pinkus-Müller Brewery, founded in 1816, is the only one of 150 breweries left in Munster, still family-run to the sixth generation. It was the first to go all-organic, beginning in 1980, and is one of the few with a female brewmaster, Barbara Müller, at the helm.
I’d heard a lot about Lagunitas, particularly its creative label writing and imaginative seasonal offerings and one-offs, such as the plan to release beers commemorating the 40th anniversaries of each album release by Frank Zappa.
To mark Rock Art’s tenth year with a special brew, Nadeau came up with Vermonster, named after the mythical creature with one set of legs longer than the other, thereby enabling it to walk level in Vermont’s hills.
Sierra Nevada linked up with the east coast star of innovative brewing, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware, to produce Life and Limb, a lid-lifter of a beer that I cracked open as my first of 2010.
It would be criminal to plan a buddy trip to this venerable nation where the five senses, not just the desire to crack a drive or hole a putt, are fully engaged and satisfied. Centuries of refinement have made France what it is today: every life lover’s ideal destination.