1. Southwest Germany celebrates 500 years of Beer Purity in 2016, with a slew of events, beer-themed seminars, guided tours and more. To start, the Technoseum, a technology museum in Mannheim, Germany, has an entire exhibition on beer from Feb. 19 to July 24.
Don't know what the German Beer Purity Law, aka "Reinheitsgebot" is? Created in 1516, it is a German law that lists the only ingredients that can go into beer in Germany. Those ingredients? Malt, hops, yeast and water. It is, apparently, the oldest food law in Germany that's still in effect today.
2. Calgary Brewery Tours recently launched two tours for beer lovers and beer/spirits lovers who visit this Southern Alberta city, located near Banff and the famous Rocky Mountains. Depending on your choice of tours, you'll visit the city's small breweries (a list that includes Wild Rose, Village Brewery, Tool Shed, Dandy Brewing Company and Last Best Brewing and Distilling), and you'll stop for lunch at Craft Beer Market, too.
3. Hang around with like-minded beer lovers at the Portland International Beerfest 2016. It takes place June 24 to 26 in Portland, Oregon, USA. and it features more than 200 beers from 16 countries. Free parking, free entry. Seriously. You'll have to pay to taste all those delicious beers, though. Buy your tickets in advance here. Oh yeah — there are a bunch of live bands playing all weekend, too. We've never heard of them but that doesn't mean they're not great. Check out Water Tower, Pagan Jug Band and Honky Tonk Union while you imbibe.
4. Go to Vancouver, the Canuck mecca for craft brewery fans. Sign up for a beer tour. Whether you're a beer newbie or a "total beer geek," there is apparently a tour for you at Vancouver Brewery Tours. Public tours are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays, and you can book a private tour, too. The website is really well-organized and will probably have the answers to all your other questions. Check it out.
5. Go to New York. You know you wanted to anyway. And go straight to Torst, a beerhall from the evil geniuses at Evil Twin, a very cool and creative gypsy brewery that has its roots in Denmark but with a decidedly North American and experimental/limited edition focus. You'll find Danish food (ebelskiver, sort of like doughnut holes, plus Danish rye bread sandwiches and roast pork.) And of course, there is plenty of interesting beer...with great names.