Thursday, March 26, 2020

Photos from 1997 Midwest International Beer Exposition

Owen found some old photos of his trip to Chicago's 1997 Midwest International Beer Exposition to meet acclaimed beer writer Michael Jackson and Merchant du Vin founder Charles Finkel. The Beer Wench and Owen learned a great deal about craft beer at this event...

Chicago Craft Beer Conference 1997

Charles Finkel is the founder of Merchant du Vin beer importer and Pike Brewery in Seattle. 

The Beer Wench

Merchant du Vin tasting booth

Michael Jackson (right) introduced the world to craft beer back in the '80s and '90s.

Beer writer Randy Mosher (left) and Michael Jackson on the stage

Owen Ogletree

Owen Ogletree

The Beer Wench and Owen visited Chicago's brewpubs.

Michael "The Beer Hunter" Jackson with The Beer Wench

It was an honor to meet Michael Jackson.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Images from our Brewtopia France Group Trip 2020

In February of 2020, Owen Ogletree took 38 craft beer enthusiasts to Paris, Brittany and Normandy, France to experience amazing scenery, food, cheeses, cocktails, wine, craft beer, and excellent company.

Want to join a future Brewtopia trip with Owen?
Subscribe to Owen's monthly email Brewsletter to hear about future trips:

Just a few photo highlights from our French journey...
Photos by Mike & Deanne Stock and Owen Ogletree

What an amazing group of travelers!
First stop: a tour of the gorgeous Palais Benedictine Distillery
Benedictine cellar

Lovely tour, tasting and meal at Dupont Cidery.
These ciders are among the world's best.

Brewery La Bambelle grows its own malt and hops.

Brasserie La Tête Dure's Yannick & Sébastien

Jeff and Don pull pints for the group at Le Fous brewpub in Brittany.

Solène Barreau & Raphael Landreau gave a marvelous tour and tasting session at L'Âne Brasseur farm brewery.

Dinner and beer at Frog Revolution brewpub in Paris

A stirring walk on Omaha Beach

Tasty ciders from Normandy and Brittany
We made our way to the summit of the Eiffel Tower.

The French cuisine was to die for.

Brittany has some remarkable breweries.
The whole range from Brasserie La Tête Dure was scrumptious.

Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey

Fresh seafood in the small port town of Cancale

Valley of Saints showcases sculptures depicting Breton historic figures.