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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 September 16, 2019

                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                • (1) Research
                • (2) Deciding the topic
                • (3) Creating the outline
                • (4) Drafting the content
                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                • (6) Revision
                • (7) etc.

                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                2. Change Your Environment

                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                6. Get a Buddy

                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                Reality check:

                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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