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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 August 15, 2018

                7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                Video Summary

                Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                One Exercise, multiple benefits

                There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                  1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                  Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                  • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                  • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                  • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                  • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                  2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                    Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                    Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                    3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                      Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                      4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                        Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                        A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                        A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                        On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                        5. You’ll improve overall balance

                          Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                          6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                            Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                            7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                              Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                              How to hold a plank position

                              1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                              2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                              3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                              4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                              5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                              6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                              7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                              Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                              Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                How to improve your plank time gradually

                                1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                • Prolapse
                                • After prolapse surgery
                                • Pelvic pain conditions
                                • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                • Previous childbirth
                                • Overweight

                                Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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