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7 Best Beer Cities in the World You Should Visit

7 Best Beer Cities in the World You Should Visit

People around the world enjoy various beverages. One of the most popular beverages around the world is beer. The history of this pleasurable drink goes back to the BC era. The fine art of beer brewing has greatly developed over time and this has led to the creation of a wide range of unique beer brands that quench the thirst of millions around the globe. The number of breweries around the world is great, however, there are numerous cities which are particularly famous for their brewing companies. However, if you are a true beer lover, the following beer cities should definitely be on your to-visit list.

1. Dublin

Guinness

    Dublin is home to one of the world’s most famous beers, the Guinness. Arthur Guinness created the brewery in 1759, which has since grown into one of Dublin’s most recognized symbols around the world. Even though Guinness is the most served beer in this beautiful city, there are many other local types of beer which mesmerize tourists from around the world. Passing through Dublin without tasting this beer is practically impossible due to the fact that there are over 600 pubs in which Guinness is served. One of the very popular places many people visit is the Guinness Storehouse. If you are a true fan of fine beer, you should certainly stop by this city and have a taste of “the black stuff”.

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    2. Prague

    Beers in Prague

      In a way, the capital of the Czech Republic might also be called the capital of beer. This can be confirmed by the fact that Czech citizens have the highest rate of drinking beer per capita, even higher than the Germans. The city is full of numerous pubs, some of which offer over thirty 30 brands of beer, which is no surprise because of the rich Czech beer history. Prague is known for its Staropramen beer, which has the largest brewery in the city, but there are many other, smaller breweries throughout the city. The best period to visit this astonishing city might be during the Czech Beer Festival, during the month of May. It is the biggest Czech beer festival which lasts for 17 days and the visitors can enjoy over 70 different kinds of beer. One of the oldest beer pubs in the world, U Fleku, is located in the city of Prague.

      3. Munich

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      Munich Beer

        Munich is the perfect getaway for all those who consider beer to be the best beverage in the world. Oktoberfest attracts over 6 million visitors from all parts of the world, where over 7 million liters are served to the people. This keeps the six biggest breweries very busy throughout the year and a third of them produce the beer used during the two week festival. The festival has become a tradition for millions of people and, every year, it attracts more people. If you are planning to visit this city as a true beer connoisseur, you should definitely do so during Oktoberfest. However, if you want to avoid the huge crowds, the city boasts incredible beer gardens and beer halls year-round, offering an astounding atmosphere for you to enjoy as you consume your pint of this refreshing beverage.

        4. Brussels

        Brussels Beer

          Many would expect that this city would be a perfect place for some good wine, owing to the fact that one of the official languages is French – but it is not so. Ever since the middle ages, Belgium and its capital have been very experimental when it comes to beer, as they have perfected their brewing knowledge and created numerous varieties and types of beer. Beer has become so traditional that it has even penetrated religion, as numerous monasteries are brewing the beverage. State of the art equipment creates some of the best beers in the world, and if you are into variety, you should definitely visit this city and hunt for your favorite type of beer.

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          5. Montreal

          Montreal Beer

            The second largest city in Canada is home to a number of breweries which are responsible for the production of a wide variety of beers. The beer culture in Montreal is very similar to that of Europe, especially when you think of the fact that French is the official language of this country. It is important to mention that this city is the birthplace of the Molson Brewery, which is the oldest brewery in North America. What people from Montreal also enjoy are Belgian types of beer, which are produced by small local breweries. If you are planning to visit this beautiful city, a perfect time to do this would be in June, when the growing beer festival is held.

            6. Seoul

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            Seoul Bar

              Being one of the most populated cities in the world, customs related to beer are very unique here. Due to the fact that the city is full of modern and tall buildings, which lack space for attractive bars, numerous parking lots have become the place where beer is served. The fast paced life in this city dictates that beer should be drank quickly and on the go. This unique approach is quite interesting for visitors from the West. Of course, drinking under parking lot tents is not everyone’s cup of tea, so a good idea for others might be to visit numerous beer bars and beer halls. Recently, beer brewing laws have tremendously changed for the better and it can be expected that the craft of brewing will become even more widespread. This only means that beer brewing is going to become the next big thing in this city, so if you haven’t visited it yet, it might be your next perfect destination for beer tasting.

              7. Portland

              Beer in Portland

                This city houses over 50 different breweries which makes it one of the most passionate beer cities in the United States. Due to the fact that the US is a melting pot, the history of the Portland area is greatly affected by immigrants from Europe who appreciated quality beer. From 1852, when the first brewery was created, the beer scene in the city of Portland tremendously changed. Now, the beer in this city is the result of over 150 years of brewing perfection. The city’s economy greatly depends on the production of beer. Even though the city counts only half a million citizens, the competition is very high, meaning that people there really like drinking beer. If you are in this city, there are numerous beer bars that you should visit, some of which offer over 50 different beers on tap. It might take days to visit all the breweries in this city, but you should definitely visit some of the uniquely designed McMenamins’ breweries.

                Even though there are other famous beer cities, these are the ones that you should definitely start off with in order to get the best experience. If you are a true beer connoisseur, you will have a lot of fun in the above mentioned beer sanctuaries.

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                Last Updated on October 23, 2018

                Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

                Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

                My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

                Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

                The Neural Knitwork Project

                In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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                While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

                The knitting and neural connection

                The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

                More mental health benefits from knitting

                Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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                “You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

                Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

                Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

                She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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                “People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

                The dopamine effect on our happiness

                Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

                There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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                “Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

                If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

                Featured photo credit: DSC_0012/Mary-Frances Main via flickr.com

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