World view

The Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, describes the creation of the world in 200 verses, but needs 400 in which to explain the origins of beer. This is no small subject, which is why Jackson devoted much of his life learning about beer, the brewers who make it, the breweries where they work and a variety of beer cultures.

Beer hunting/travel

Even in great brewing countries, the most interesting beers are often a minority taste. They have to be hunted.

Here are tales of beers and breweries from all the continents, including products from both new and older generations of small brewers, as well as stories about other "traditional beers" made in out-of-the-way places from millet, cassava root and other raw materials that happen to be available.

Articles by country

Argentina

Gone to Patagonia January 7 1999. Interesting brews await in a remote part of Argentina.

Australia

But what about Australian beer? November 1 1999. The Australians feel compelled to ask, but riled by a candid answer.

G'day, fancy an ale in Adelaide April 1 1992

The 'wholefood' ale from Adelaide February 1 1992. Beer of the Month: Michael Jackson applauds five generations of the Cooper family, whose brew does not sparkle like a lager but goes down a treat.

Austria

Thanking God for a 'precious' beer December 15, 2001

A devilish Christmas in Austria December 11, 2000

Belgium

Pink Elephants: Now I'm seeing two of them September 1, 2001

Life after lager July 1, 2001

Belgium's beery weekend September 21, 2000

Visiting the brand-new Trappist brewery September 1, 1999. Tasting the latest from Brother Thomas.

Belgium's Great Beers July 30, 1999. Your guide to enjoying the country and its beers.

Notes from the road: Antwerp December 5, 1998

The abbey habit July 18, 1998. The only Belgian Trappists not to brew beer have succumbed to the demon drink.

Down on your knees to bless monks' top ale May 1, 1998. Although monastery in French Flanders no longer brews, its influence continues.

Brown ale and bike-barmy Belgians October 1, 1997. What were once very local beers are now widely sold as something special.

Tasting a new Lambic on the Belgian Cam September 1, 1997. Willem joins the ranks of blenders making an endangered beer style.

Where the ale is good enough to eat July 10, 1993. Michael Jackson offers a beer-hunter's guide to the great brews of Belgium.

Antwerp's house rule: don't drop a bollek September 1, 1991. Michael Jackson's autumn trip yields several discoveries.

A seasonal search for the phantom of brewing April 1, 1991

A saintly glass with the brothers of barley March 1, 1991

Flexing my mussels in the Rare Fox October 1, 1990

Brazil

Searching for the height of blackness January 1, 1999. In pursuit of Xingu and other beers in Brazil.

China

Inscrutable brew April 1, 2000. The search for Brewery Number One and some answers about Tsingtao.

What to drink with a dog February 1, 2000. Which of China's 500 brewers can deliver the goods?

Czechoslovakia

Prague abbey's new brewpub offers classic lagers January 7, 2002

'The Beer Gallery' ... November 27, 2001

Czeching out the harvest March 11, 2001. Pilsen and Budweis are cities in Bohemia...but the great barley comes from the state next door.

Denmark

Strange name, traditional beer April 1, 1999. Celebrating small breweries in monopolistic Denmark.

Notes from the road: Copenhagen December 8, 1998

Estonia

Don't call collect September 1, 1994. Soviet breweries have been making a dash for market freedom, reports Michael Jackson.

Estonia free to revive its own brewing culture August 1, 1994

Finland

Fortification at 'The Gibraltar of the North' June 1, 1999. Big and rich beers from Finland's 'Suomenlinnan Panimo'.

Working men's royal brews February 1, 1997

Sahti - rural beer with a great Finnish January 1, 1996. It's very drinkable, indeed, at the only pub in the world it's offered on draught.

It's all aboard for a Koff on the beer tram December 1, 1995. In contrast, at the New Apothecary brewpub, they grind their grain in a coffee mill and brew in dairy tanks.

Sweating up a suitable thirst April 1, 1995

Trad ale in Finland keeps its Pedda up November 1, 1994. World's oldest beer style is back - thanks to a Lammi vegetable grower.

Finns get all steamed up over sahti October 1, 1994

Supping at Santa's knee... December 1, 1990. Michael Jackson has a revealing interview with St. Nick.

France

A new Frog hops into France November 29, 2000

Why getting the wind up means the beer is good September 1, 1993. Brewery founder dug deep to slake workers' thirsts.

Barking up the right tree with Alsatian beers June 1, 1993

Bière safari in France's border country March 1, 1992. Part 2 of Michael Jackson's winding journey through France.

Be on your guard for fine French beers February 1, 1992. Part 1 of Michael Jackson's winding journey through France.

Germany

Why the Germans should win ... May 25, 2006. As the World Cup warms up, Michael Jackson visits the host cities, and picks his team.

Going for Gose August 31, 2000. Reporting live from Leipzig, on a major new brewpub reviving a classic style.

Taking English ales to Germany September 1, 1998. Then rounding off a day of diverse tastes in the local pubs.

Porter! Take me to the castle of Dr Hoepfner ... April 1, 1998

German porter has deep roots in Black Forest April 1, 1998

Joys from the black stuff March 1, 1997

Bavarian beers for all seasons September 17, 1994. Munich's Oktoberfest is a good excuse to visit the city and its Alpine hinterland.

Bock brings the Germans rushing to the beer garden April 1, 1993

How Herr Heller keeps Cologne's beer flag flying January 1, 1993. ...and brings his Kšlsch to a new generation of beer drinkers.

A working prince who keeps a royal head on his beer November 1, 1992

Bavaria's best advice is -- try the Weiss September 1, 1991. Michael Jackson visits Erdinger to taste weiss for all seasons.

Hungary

Looking for the King of Beers... July 15, 2001. ...in the lagering cellars of Budapest, Hungary.

Ireland

Pints of chocolate February 14, 1998. Dublin - stout in hand - makes a perfect spot for a romantic weekend.

Failing to meet The Ginger Man March 1, 1996. A parable for St Patrick's.

Brewery with its own abbey - it must be Ireland February 1, 1993

Italy

Italian brewpub 'Union' shows promise May 1, 1999

Notes from the road: Turin December 8, 1998

Japan

Beer in Mr Edo's era June 1, 1998. Catching up with an old brewing friend in Japan.

Japanese ale fans caught in Net May 1, 1997. Growth of small breweries continues at a dynamic rate.

Beer tops new heights up Fuji June 1, 1996. Frontier spirit brought brew pub law change.

Japan's beer turns turtle - even in the land of Ninja May 1, 1996

Last word in ale in land of rising yeast September 1, 1992

Beer springs eternal in new Japanese brewpubs June 1, 1998

Latvia

Latvia leaves the dark ages of home brew November 1, 1995. Gone are the days when sacks of barley were placed in a river to sprout.

Lithuania

From Leeds to Lithuania for mushy pea beer October 1, 1995. Does a lager brewed in part from peas constitute a style?

Mexico

A good beer is a thorny problem down Mexico way . Exploring the food, drink, and hangover cures of Mexico.

Netherlands

Notes from the road: Amsterdam December 7, 1998

Holland's giant cleans up its act - on the quiet November 1, 1993

New Zealand

New Zealand on my mind July 1, 1997. Where there were only 10 small breweries now there are 60.

Norway

Odin's glass of nectar December 4, 1993. Michael Jackson learns the secret of Norway's home brews, passed down via Viking "magic sticks".

Egging them on in the Land of the Midnight Ol... January 1, 1992

Arthur's last brew in ale's Lost World December 1, 1991

Russian Federation

Bread of heaven beer in Russia's post-red snows February 1, 1998

Porter and kvass in St. Petersburg February 1, 1998

Sri Lanka

Lion Stout November 1, 2000

Sweden

Notes from the road: Stockholm December 10, 1998

Kid and the Bear Cub brew up a storm December 1, 1996

The Goodland island and its ancient beers December 1, 1996. Gotland has 60,000 people, 96 churches, and several hundred brewers.

Switzerland

Hunting the highest beer February 4, 2002

Over the moon in the steps of brewing monks March 1, 1996. In the ruins of St. Gall we have the earliest layout of a brewery in Europe.

Nuclear bomb shelters and the world's strongest beers December 1, 1986. With Samichlaus newly revived, a look back at Michael Jackson's first full-length story on the beer, 14 years ago.

Tuvalu

Hate the pun, love the pub September 24, 2002. Sherlock's Home is too clever by half, but the beers are terrific.

United Kingdom

A tale of two countries August 1, 2001

Notes from the road: London, Glasgow December 5, 1998

Pints you can bank on August 8, 1998. The former national headquarters of the Commercial Bank of Scotland hosts a spectacular pub.

There's no finer spot for a pub crawl August 14, 1993

The beer drinker's malt whisky February 6, 1993. Michael Jackson reports on the flavour of the month.

A great British beer tour August 15, 1992

United States

9/11 One woman's steps to normality September 9, 2002. A closer look at some favorite New York pubs.

The one point that was missed by American Heritage July 15, 2002. The U.S. has the world's best selection of beers, and that's the truth.

A favorite pub April 22, 2002

The Rockies' rival to Rodenbach October 24, 2001

Why I would rather be in Alaska January 2, 2001

Arctic devil of a job July 1, 2000. January in Alaska: Part II.

A few words from the Exalted Ruler May 1, 2000. January in Alaska: Part I.

Notes from the road December 1998 January 30, 1999. Belgian styles, refreshing lagers and plenty more from small breweries.

I would do Conan's TV show again December 18, 1998. Should I have known better? What do you think?

Notes from the road: Minnesota, Chicago, Baltimore, New York October 28, 1998. Last two weeks October, 1998.

A warm welcome in the 50th state October 1, 1998. South Carolina offers a proclamation, plus plenty of breweries.

Headed toward the fiftieth state August 29, 1998

Finding flavor in Florida August 1, 1998. From airports to theme parks, decent beers popping up everywhere.

Visiting the aley everglades July 1, 1998. Suddenly, Florida offers beer with character in some unlikely surroundings.

Flying Fish and High Point, in New Jersey October 1, 1997

Notes from Michael Jackson, on a visit to the Chicago area October 1, 1997

Newly tasted in Montana October 1, 1997

Showing the tartan flag in Big Apple November 1, 1996. A pub serving cask beer, and more to look for in Manhattan.

Micros bloom in Windy City May 1, 1994 High spot: brew pub fired by Chinese woks....

I find peaks of perfection in Rocky brew pubs April 1, 1994

North by north west, the micros are blooming March 1, 1994

The great American pub crawl (Part 2 of 2) September 22, 1990. The conclusion of Michael Jackson's epic beer odyssey.

The Great American Pub Crawl, Part I September 22, 1990. Michael Jackson zigzagged across the United States on a beer-hunt that bagged him some 350 potions and left him feeling like Lenny Bruce on booze - part 1 of 2.

Ale news from Albuquerque September 1, 1990. I liked the brew dry hopped with roast chiles.

It's up, up and away to drink smoked porter out on the ice February 1, 1990

Brewery reviews

Some beers must be considered because they are so widely available, some because they are so distinctive.

Here's more about both famous beers and little-known delights from Adelaide, Australia, to Anchorage, Alaska, from Tokyo to Toronto.

Brewery reviews

Achel

Visiting the brand-new Trappist brewery September 1, 1999 Tasting the latest from Brother Thomas.

The abbey habit July 18, 1998 The only Belgian Trappists not to brew beer have succumbed to the demon drink.

Aiken Brewing

Fool's Gold and other Colorado pleasures December 1, 1998 Tommyknockers brewpub recalls mining spirit.

Alaskan Brewing Company

It's up, up and away to drink smoked porter out on the ice February 1, 1990

Aldaris

'Brewmaster' needs a guard on the door November 1, 1995 Inside Latvia's largest brewery there are still 200 wooden casks.

Anchor Brewing

From Seattle to Minnesota, with stops between October 9, 1998

Take a long, serious draught of sweet Liberty July 4, 1992 Michael Jackson's beer of the month is one of America's greatest brews, now available in Britain.

Anchors up and away August 1, 1988 Looking back at when Anchor Steam headed to the U.K.

Anderson Valley

Arctic devil of a job July 1, 2000 January in Alaska: Part II.

Asahi Brewery

Beer tops new heights up Fuji June 1, 1996 Frontier spirit brought brew pub law change.

Augustiner

A devilish Christmas in Austria December 11, 2000

Baltika

Porter and kvass in St. Petersburg February 1, 1998

Bass

Prague: twinned with Burton-upon-Trent June 3, 1995

Bayrischer Bahnhof

Going for Gose August 31, 2000. Reporting live from Leipzig, on a major new brewpub reviving a classic style.

Beba

Italian brewpub 'Union' shows promise May 1, 1999

Belhaven

Brothers, a drink to your legacy September 10, 1994. A Scots brewery begun by monks in 1415, is still flourishing.

Bert Grant's Ales

How Bert Grant Saved The World August 3, 2001. Bold beers were the perfect weapon.

Big River

A warm welcome in the 50th state October 1, 1998. South Carolina offers a proclamation, plus plenty of breweries.

Visiting the aley everglades July 1, 1998. Suddenly, Florida offers beer with character in some unlikely surroundings.

Black Sheep

Paul Theakston is brewing again in Masham October 24, 1992. Michael Jackson hears what the vicar thinks of the new beer.

Blue Ridge

A warm welcome in the 50th state October 1, 1998. South Carolina offers a proclamation, plus plenty of breweries.

Bofferding

Beer in the Grand Duchy of Luxemborg June 1, 1999

Bosteels

Down on your knees to bless monks' top ale May 1, 1998. Although monastery in French Flanders no longer brews, its influence continues.

Boston Beer

It's Thanksgiving, so try one November 19, 1994. American is rediscovering flavoursome beer, and putting the Germans to shame.

Brakspear

A taste of hop fields in an English summer July 3, 1993. The old brewery of Brakspear's, in Henley, makes a beer that Michael Jackson, along with John Mortimer, rates as the best bitter in the country.

Bricktown Brewery

Disaster city defies bombs and prohibition June 1, 1995. Brewpubs bring beer relief to Bible belt.

BridgePort

Arctic devil of a job July 1, 2000. January in Alaska: Part II.

Budejovicky Budvar

Czeching out the harvest March 11, 2001. Pilsen and Budweis are cities in Bohemia...but the great barley comes from the state next door.

Bunce's Brewery

He's probably only here for the beer September 4, 1993. Netheravon In Wiltshire has a new local brewer. His name is Stig Ander Andersen and he has taken over Bunce's Brewery. Now he's making Pigswill, says Michael Jackson.

Cain

Reincarnation of the real brewers July 6, 1991. Michael Jackson gives a welcome to the rebirth of a Merseyside brewery.

Carlsberg

Can big be beautiful? January 23, 2002

Casta

Casta Morena April 2, 2001

Ceres Brewery

Real Guinness may die - but the yeast lives on ... March 1, 1993

Cerna Hora

Czeching out the harvest March 11, 2001. Pilsen and Budweis are cities in Bohemia...but the great barley comes from the state next door.

Ceylon Brewing Co.

Lion Stout November 1, 2000

Charlie & Jakes

Visiting the aley everglades July 1, 1998. Suddenly, Florida offers beer with character in some unlikely surroundings.

Cherry Street Brewing

Disaster city defies bombs and prohibition June 1, 1995. Brewpubs bring beer relief to Bible belt.

Chimay

Belgian breakfast March 29, 1997

Claus

Down on your knees to bless monks' top ale May 1, 1998. Although monastery in French Flanders no longer brews, its influence continues.

Clausen

Beer in the Grand Duchy of Luxemborg June 1, 1999

Columbia Brewing

A warm welcome in the 50th state October 1, 1998. South Carolina offers a proclamation, plus plenty of breweries.

Commonwealth

Showing the tartan flag in Big Apple November 1, 1996. A pub serving cask beer, and more to look for in Manhattan.

Cooper's

The 'wholefood' ale from Adelaide February 1, 1992. Beer of the Month: Michael Jackson applauds five generations of the Cooper family, whose brew does not sparkle like a lager but goes down a treat.

Cuauhtémoc

It happened in Monterrey May 3, 2001. In a visit to a brewery in Mexico the secret of eternal youth is discovered.

Cusack's

A few words from the Exalted Ruler May 1, 2000. January in Alaska: Part I.

De Ryck Brewery

Anne's ale helps wash the coal dust from your throat August 1, 1993. Belgian brewery with a German style dedication to good beer.

Deschutes Brewery

From Seattle to Minnesota, with stops between October 9, 1998

Diebels

Copper-bottom ales halt lager tide in Germany April 1, 1996. For Diebels, an "old" style means new business.

Dogfish Head

Extreme beers June 1, 2000. No beer-loving visitor to Auckland should miss Galbraith's Alehouse.

Say it again, Sam July 1, 1999. On stage with the poet-brewer March 28 and 31 in Philadelphia (see Events), I recall our first meeting.

Eggenberg Castle

Santa Claus upstaged by new Eisbock December 17, 2002

A devilish Christmas in Austria December 11, 2000

Emerson's Brewery

New Zealand on my mind July 1, 1997. Where there were only 10 small breweries now there are 60.

Enville

He's putting the bee back into his beer June 5, 1993. Michael Jackson finds a tradition of brewing with honey undergoing a revival in the Black Country. The results may soon be available at a pub near you.

Flying Fish Brewing Company

Flying Fish and High Point, in New Jersey October 1, 1997

Free Miners

Gingering up the real ale range July 23, 1994. Enjoying the unusual flavours of a brewery deep in the Forest of Dean.

Freedom Brewing

An American brewer chooses Freedom in Britain September 18, 1998

Frog

A new Frog hops into France November 29, 2000

Fuller's

Winter's ale December 28, 1996

Winter draughts that keep out the cold December 19, 1992. Fuller's of London even offers three winter ales.

Galbraith's Alehouse

Extreme beers June 1, 2000. No beer-loving visitor to Auckland should miss Galbraith's Alehouse.

New Zealand on my mind July 1, 1997. Where there were only 10 small breweries now there are 60.

Gamla Stans Brygger

Harbour lights up January 1, 1997

Gotenba Kohgen

Beer tops new heights up Fuji June 1, 1996. Frontier spirit brought brew pub law change.

Gotlands Bryggeri

Porridge, cabers and stout... in Sweden January 1, 1997

Greene King

Having a smashing time... March 1, 2001

Grolsch

Behind the mystery of Grolsch July 1, 2001. Dutch brewery begins to send some of its seasonal offerings to Britain.

Guinness

Pure genius, threatened by folly January 16, 1993. In the week that Guinness announces the closure of five whisky plants, Michael Jackson pleads for the survival of its finest beer.

Gulpener

Gulpener Dort 1 April, 2000

Gulpener Korenwolf June 19, 2001

Hall & Woodhouse

Nothing ordinary about elderberry brews March 21, 1999

Hancock

Strange name, traditional beer April 1, 1999. Celebrating small breweries in monopolistic Denmark.

Hartwall

It's all aboard for a Koff on the beer tram December 1, 1995. In contrast, at the New Apothecary brewpub, they grind their grain in a coffee mill and brew in dairy tanks.

Harviestoun

From Ford cars to pints of Engine Oil November 2, 2000. A new winter ale from Scotland.

Heineken

Holland's giant cleans up its act -- on the quiet November 1, 1993. Heineken improves, and De Ridder endures.

Herold

Herold Bohemian Black Lager August 31, 2001

Herold Svelte June 29, 2000

High Point

Flying Fish and High Point, in New Jersey October 1, 1997

Hoepfner

Hoepfner Porter December 30, 2000

Porter! Take me to the castle of Dr Hoepfner ... April 1, 1998

German porter has deep roots in Black Forest April 1, 1998

Hofmark

Das feine Hofmark Pilsener May 22, 2001

Hop Back

Struck by lightning May 17, 1997. The wheat is grown in Wiltshire and malted in Warminster, a town otherwise noted for claimed sightings of UFOs.

Hoppy Beverage

Beer tops new heights up Fuji June 1, 1996. Frontier spirit brought brew pub law change.

Hostan

Czeching out the harvest March 11, 2001. Pilsen and Budweis are cities in Bohemia...but the great barley comes from the state next door.

Hunter Gatherer

A warm welcome in the 50th state October 1, 1998. South Carolina offers a proclamation, plus plenty of breweries.

Hurlimann

Nuclear bomb shelters and the world's strongest beers December 1, 1986. With Samichlaus newly revived, a look back at Michael Jackson's first full-length story on the beer, 14 years ago.

Indian River

Visiting the aley everglades July 1, 1998. Suddenly, Florida offers beer with character in some unlikely surroundings.

Kaltenberg Brewery

A working prince who keeps a royal head on his beer November 1, 1992

King & Barnes

Winter's ale December 28, 1996

Klasterni Pivovar

Prague abbey's new brewpub offers classic lagers January 7, 2002

Koff

It's all aboard for a Koff on the beer tram December 1, 1995. In contrast, at the New Apothecary brewpub, they grind their grain in a coffee mill and brew in dairy tanks.

Lacplesis

Latvia leaves the dark ages of home brew November 1, 1995. Gone are the days when sacks of barley were placed in a river to sprout.

Larkins

Sweet flavours from the cowshed August 20, 1994. A visit to an old brewing family on a Kentish farm.

Le Baladin

Italian brewpub 'Union' shows promise May 1, 1999

Louwaege

Belgium's beery weekend September 21, 2000

Macfarlane Brewing Company

A visit to the Macfarlane Brewing Company, Phoenix, Arizona October 1, 1997

Mack

Egging them on in the Land of the Midnight Ol... January 1, 1992

Maclay

Porridge, cabers and stout... in Sweden January 1, 1997

Malheur

The family business is alive again November 1, 1998. Where a grandfather once grew his own barley, a grandson now brews.

Malt Shovel Brewery

James Squire Porter September 1, 2001

James Squire Amber Ale October 1, 2000

Maring Brewing

Zero is a hero July 13, 2001. American brew wins in London.

Marlborough

New Zealand on my mind July 1, 1997. Where there were only 10 small breweries now there are 60.

Marston

Burton Union gives Marstons its Pedigree September 5, 1992. Heath Robinson would have been proud of the 'Burton Union', a yeast cultivating system that gives a complex, fruity, dryness to Michael Jackson's beer of the month.

Martens

Belgium's beery weekend September 21, 2000

Mash

Mash Beer July 25, 2001

Zero is a hero July 13, 2001. American brew wins in London.

Mason's Arms

Helping a damson in distress October 13, 1990

McMullen's

Special enough to have letters after its name April 4, 1992. Michael Jackson celebrates the spring with a pint of mysteriously titled Original A K from the modest Hertfordshire brewery, McMullen's.

Younger, Milder image for the workers of beer May 1, 1989

Michael Krieger

Italian brewpub 'Union' shows promise May 1, 1999

Middle Ages

Showing the tartan flag in Big Apple November 1, 1996. A pub serving cask beer, and more to look for in Manhattan.

Midnight Sun

Arctic devil of a job July 1, 2000. January in Alaska: Part II.

Moctezuma

It happened in Monterrey May 3, 2001. In a visit to a brewery in Mexico the secret of eternal youth is discovered.

Monstein

Hunting the highest beer February 4, 2002

Moorhouse

In search of the Witches' Brew October 1, 1996. An October favorite, Moorhouse's beer has year-round cult following.

Mousel

Beer in the Grand Duchy of Luxemborg June 1, 1999

New Apothecary

It's all aboard for a Koff on the beer tram December 1, 1995. In contrast, at the New Apothecary brewpub, they grind their grain in a coffee mill and brew in dairy tanks.

New Belgium

The Rockies' rival to Rodenbach October 24, 2001

Oakham

A tale of two countries August 1, 2001

Okocim

Climbing up Poles to sniff the first hops January 1, 1998. In Poland, passionate enthusiasm for Lublin and Marynka.

Old Dominion

Flying the beer flag on Fourth of July July 1, 1991. What beery pleasures await the British tourist on his way to see the White House?

Olde Heurich

Flying the beer flag on Fourth of July July 1, 1991. What beery pleasures await the British tourist on his way to see the White House?

Otaru Beer

Beer tops new heights up Fuji June 1, 1996. Frontier spirit brought brew pub law change.

PUP

Finnish bar that will sell you a PUP... February 1, 1997. And visiting a brewer who, after raising four children, calls the brewery her 'new baby'.

Palm

Fool's Gold and other Colorado pleasures DEC 1, 1998. Tommyknockers brewpub recalls mining spirit.

Peaceful pint in Brabant SEPT 1, 1997

Palmetto

Fool's Gold and other Colorado pleasures December 1, 1998. Tommyknockers brewpub recalls mining spirit.

Palvasalmi

Finnish bar that will sell you a PUP... February 1, 1997. And visiting a brewer who, after raising four children, calls the brewery her 'new baby'.

Pekka

Trad ale in Finland keeps its Pedda up November 1, 1994. World's oldest beer style is back - thanks to a Lammi vegetable grower.

Plevna

Finnish bar that will sell you a PUP... February 1, 1997. And visiting a brewer who, after raising four children, calls the brewery her 'new baby'.

Pripps

Porter on prescription: that's what I call a real national health service January 1, 1997. A beery cure-all for nursing mothers and Royal toothache.

Ragutus

From Leeds to Lithuania for mushy pea beer October 1, 1995. Does a lager brewed in part from peas constitute a style?

Rare Fox

Flexing my mussels in the Rare Fox October 1, 1990

Refsvindinge Maltings and Brewery

Blending the Flavors of Detroit and Denmark May 1, 1999. Small Danish brewery's trademark bear "as strong at the Carlsberg elephant".

Rhodenbach

The Rockies' rival to Rodenbach October 24, 2001

Ridley's

Will Janina Jones win the heart of Essex man? April 15, 1995. From a 'real ale' family brewery in East Anglia comes a tempting new bottled beer.

Ringwood Brewery

A Thumping Good Pint August 6, 1988

Robert Cain's

Reincarnation of the real brewers July 6, 1991. Michael Jackson gives a welcome to the rebirth of a Merseyside brewery.

Robinson

Father Larry's Lenten brew February 19, 2000. Robinson's Old Tom a fine beer for wintry worship.

Rodenbach

Rodenbach juggles its tuns February 14, 2001. A visit to the brewery reveals some promising sensibilities.

Rooster's

How French wine led an Englishman to love the hops of Oregon and Washington (and, yes, Yorkshire) October 27, 2001

Royal Bavaria Brewing

Disaster city defies bombs and prohibition June 1, 1995. Brewpubs bring beer relief to Bible belt.

Saint Clemens Brewpub

Strange name, traditional beer April 1, 1999. Celebrating small breweries in monopolistic Denmark.

Samuel Smith's

Winter's ale December 28, 1996

Saintly Sam brews peach of a wild ale September 1, 1996

Scuttlebut Brewpub

From Seattle to Minnesota, with stops between October 9, 1998

Shenandoah

Shannon and the secret sisterhood February 19, 2001

Shepherd Neame

Winter's ale December 28, 1996

A pint of cloudy, please May 25, 1996. British brewers take to making wheat beers.

Shipyard

Visiting the aley everglades July 1, 1998. Suddenly, Florida offers beer with character in some unlikely surroundings.

Sierra Nevada

Arctic devil of a job July 1, 2000. January in Alaska: Part II.

Simon

Beer in the Grand Duchy of Luxemborg June 1, 1999

Sleeping Lady

A few words from the Exalted Ruler May 1, 2000. January in Alaska: Part I.

South African Breweries

Looking for the King of Beers... July 15, 2001. ...in the lagering cellars of Budapest, Hungary.

St Bernardus

St Bernardus Tripel January 21, 2001

Staropramen

Prague: twinned with Burton-upon-Trent June 3, 1995

Stepan Razin

Headless Stepan inspires a Porter February 1, 1998

Summit Brewery

From Seattle to Minnesota, with stops between October 9, 1998

Talbot

Smell the blossoms while you can September 12, 2000. A bittersweet report from Hoppy Valley.

Theakston

Paul Theakston is brewing again in Masham October 24, 1992. Michael Jackson hears what the vicar thinks of the new beer.

Thisted

Strange name, traditional beer April 1, 1999. Celebrating small breweries in monopolistic Denmark.

Timothy Taylor

Tested by pigeons, drunk by the landlord August 1, 1992. Michael Jackson is toasting Yorkshire Day with a Timothy Taylor's bitter - his Beer of the Month.

Tommyknocker

Fool's Gold and other Colorado pleasures December 1, 1998. Tommyknockers brewpub recalls mining spirit.

Tsingtao

Inscrutable brew April 1, 2000. The search for Brewery Number One and some answers about Tsingtao.

What to drink with a dog February 1, 2000. Which of China's 500 brewers can deliver the goods?

Veltins

Taking the waters? May 21, 2001. How a country brewery became a giant.

Victory Brewing Co.

A tale of two countries August 1, 2001

Virginia Brewing Company

Flying the beer flag on Fourth of July July 1, 1991. What beery pleasures await the British tourist on his way to see the White House?

Vyskov

Czeching out the harvest March 11, 2001. Pilsen and Budweis are cities in Bohemia...but the great barley comes from the state next door.

Wadworth

The glass of '93 blossoms early September 18, 1993. Hop flowers only two weeks old are the secret of a new beer's fresh flavour, and Michael Jackson tasted love at his first pint.

Wellington County

Wellington County Iron Duke March 2, 2001

Westmalle

Visiting the brand-new Trappist brewery September 1, 1999. Tasting the latest from Brother Thomas.

Young's

A pint of cloudy, please May 25, 1996. British brewers take to making wheat beers.

ZeroDegrees

Zero is a hero July 13, 2001. American brew wins in London.


Beer reviews

Large brewers have the skills to make distinctive beers, but often the most interesting beers and the most interesting stories come from small breweries.

Beverage reviews

The empire strikes back March 3, 2003. Ethnic beers in Britain.

Why Dollar celebrates tonight January 25, 2003

Santa Claus upstaged by new Eisbock December 17, 2002

HopDevil wins at GBBF August 7, 2002

The British aren't coming - Is this our message to the world? June 8, 2002

Here's my take on a Top Ten American beers June 4, 2002

Kisses, oats and stouts February 19, 2002

Dorothy Goodbody's the girl for me February 11, 2002

Spring beer winners January 31, 2002

Glass of '47 January 23, 2002

Here's what they did with the beer January 23, 2002. They called it Double Scotch.

Prague abbey's new brewpub offers classic lagers January 7, 2002

Thanking God for a 'precious' beer December 15, 2001

Notes from my tasting room: Starting with Samichlaus November 7, 2001

The Rockies' rival to Rodenbach October 24, 2001

Pink Elephants: Now I'm seeing two of them September 1, 2001

James Squire Porter September 1, 2001

Herold Bohemian Black Lager August 31, 2001

Vrak August 21, 2001

A tale of two countries August 1, 2001

Mash Beer July 25, 2001

Zero is a hero July 13, 2001. American brew wins in London.

Popping corks in Antwerp July 2, 2001

Behind the mystery of Grolsch July 1, 2001. Dutch brewery begins to send some of its seasonal offerings to Britain.

Gulpener Korenwolf July 19, 2001

Scottish island's summer brew beats British 'Belgians' and 'Germans' June 1, 2001

Das feine Hofmark Pilsener May 22, 2001

Taking the waters? May 21, 2001. How a country brewery became a giant.

Blessed by Playboy April 17, 2001

Washington hosts historic tasting of British and Irish classics April 6, 2001. If you were there, what did you think?

Casta Morena April 2, 2001

American brewer's Irish beer wins in Britain March 14, 2001. Franciscans do well for St Patrick's.

Czeching out the harvest March 11, 2001. Pilsen and Budweis are cities in Bohemia...but the great barley comes from the state next door.

Wellington County Iron Duke March 2, 2001

Having a smashing time... March 1, 2001

Shannon and the secret sisterhood February 19, 2001

In search of the sexiest brew February 1, 2001

A champion beer for Burns' Night January 24, 2001

Washington rally for Belgian beer January 22, 2001

St Bernardus Tripel January 21, 2001

Notes from my tasting room December 31, 2000. Winter beers.

Hoepfner Porter December 30, 2000

Coming for the holidays... November 6, 2000. America's first 'Cave Beer'.

From Ford cars to pints of Engine Oil November 2, 2000. A new winter ale from Scotland.

Lion Stout November 1, 2000

Some beers for Halloween October 29, 2000

Judging at the GABF October 10, 2000

News: Samichlaus is back October 4, 2000

Notes from the road (News: Samichlaus in back), October, 2000

James Squire Amber Ale October 1, 2000

Maisel's Weisse Original August 31, 2000

Updates from August 2000 August 18, 2000. A Dublin pub opens in London, plus notes from my tasting room.

How a Mild beat the Bitters August 2, 2000. The inside story on the Champion Beer of Britain.

Malheur July 31, 2000

Notes from the road, July 2000 July 15, 2000

Arctic devil of a job July 1, 2000. January in Alaska: Part II.

Herold Svelte June 29, 2000

Extreme beers June 1, 2000. No beer-loving visitor to Auckland should miss Galbraith's Alehouse.

Wittekerke May 31, 2000

Notes from my tasting room, May 2000 May 23, 2000. Come try more than 20 beers from 7 countries.

A few words from the Exalted Ruler May 1, 2000. January in Alaska: Part I.

Berliner Bürgerbräu Maibock May 1, 2000. A strong springtime beer from the lakes.

Gulpener Dort April 1, 2000

Inscrutable brew April 1, 2000. The search for Brewery Number One and some answers about Tsingtao.

Famous Seamus celebrates St Paddy's March 17, 2000. Scullions Cask Ale judged Supreme Champion of Ireland independents.

Greene King's Olde Suffolk February 1, 2000. Winter classic still made by blending old and young beers.

Beers for Burns January 22, 2000. How about a Heather Ale on the poet's birthday?

Notes from my tasting room, January 2000 January 18, 2000. Warming beers for a mid-winter night.

Millennium ales from British breweries December 1, 1999

On the trail of Santa's brew December 1, 1999. The agricultural tradition of winter and Christmas beers has enjoyed a revival in recent years.

Grimbergen Double November 9, 1999

But what about Australian beer? November 1, 1999. The Australians feel compelled to ask, but riled by a candid answer.

The best beers for Thanksgiving November 1, 1999. This particular day of observance prays for a beer, and U.S. has many to offer.

Mahr's Bräu Ungespundet hefetrüb September 10, 1999

Cristal Alken September 7, 1999. A Czech-style classic from Belgium.

Kapuziner Gold September 2, 1999

Visiting the brand-new Trappist brewery September 1, 1999. Tasting the latest from Brother Thomas.

Notes from my tasting room, September 1999 September 1, 1999. Come try beers from nine different countries.

Britfest champ sets record August 4, 1999. Tasting notes from the Great British Beer Festival.

Bokbier Fest August 1, 1999. When faced with 50-plus beers, Alfa is a good place to start.

Say it again, Sam July 1, 1999. On stage with the poet-brewer March 28 and 31 in Philadelphia (see Events), I recall our first meeting.

Poperings Hommel Bier July 1, 1999

Nothing boring about these American beers June 12, 1999. They are from every part of the U.S., and some have found their way to Britain.

Fortification at 'The Gibraltar of the North' June 1, 1999. Big and rich beers from Finland's 'Suomenlinnan Panimo'.

Worthington White Shield June 1, 1999

Notes from my tasting room, March 1999 March 24, 1999. Come try 23 beers from eight countries.

Nothing ordinary about elderberry brews March 21, 1999

Notes from the road December 1998 January 30, 1999. Belgian styles, refreshing lagers and plenty more from small breweries.

Notes from the road: London, Glasgow December 5, 1998

Farewell, Santa Claus December 5, 1998. Classic Samichlaus felled by accountants and marketing men.

Notes from the road: Antwerp December 5, 1998

Apparent death of Santa Claus December 1, 1998

Beers for all occasions October 10, 1998. My latest book presents brews according to the mood and moment.

From Seattle to Minnesota, with stops between October 9, 1998

GABF Notes: Delights from a brewery in hop country October 5, 1998

Taking English ales to Germany September 1, 1998. Then rounding off a day of diverse tastes in the local pubs.

Looking for a good small brewery? August 1, 1998. Despite all noise to the contrary, many make money ... and interesting beer.

Finding flavor in Florida August 1, 1998. From airports to theme parks, decent beers popping up everywhere.

Pale and hearty July 11, 1998. Michael Jackson on the return of a classic pale ale, ditched by Bass, rescued by its loyal drinkers.

Visiting the aley everglades July 1, 1998. Suddenly, Florida offers beer with character in some unlikely surroundings.

Beer in Mr Edo's era June 1, 1998. Catching up with an old brewing friend in Japan.

Catching up in Russia May 1, 1998. International beers dominate competition in Moscow.

Porter! Take me to the castle of Dr Hoepfner ... April 1, 1998

Black Brit beers take top gongs in Moscow March 1, 1998

Pints of chocolate February 14, 1998. Dublin - stout in hand - makes a perfect spot for a romantic weekend.

Porter and kvass in St. Petersburg February 1, 1998

Heavy gravity, man January 10, 1998. Michael Jackson comes on strong about barley wine.

Michael Jackson's report on the winners of this year's Great British Beer Festival October 1, 1997

Tasted recently on a wintry visit to Sweden October 1, 1997

More discoveries from the GABF, and hot homebrews too October 1, 1997

England's latest Ringwood yeast beers and other delights October 1, 1997

Two small beers from big brewers October 1, 1997

Notes from Denver and the GABF October 1, 1997

New offerings from Marston's and McMullen's October 1, 1997

A stocking-full of Christmas beers October 1, 1997

Six from the Netherlands October 1, 1997

Recently tasted, at the newish Climax micro-brewery, Roselle Park, New Jersey October 1, 1997

Three heartland breweries October 1, 1997

Brown ale and bike-barmy Belgians October 1, 1997. What were once very local beers are now widely sold as something special.

Two tasty recommendations from Michael Jackson October 1, 1997

Notes from Michael Jackson, on a visit to the Chicago area October 1, 1997

Positively the last of winter brews October 1, 1997

Newly tasted in Montana October 1, 1997

New tastes from Texas October 1, 1997

Flying Fish and High Point, in New Jersey October 1, 1997

Three winter latecomers from diverse locations October 1, 1997

Top glass August 2, 1997. Of all the bars in all the world - here's what's best to drink.

In the world of beer the Devil has all the best ales August 1, 1997. In Leuven, pursuit of the 'perfect Duvel' is taken quite seriously.

New Zealand on my mind July 1, 1997. Where there were only 10 small breweries now there are 60.

Ginger spice June 21, 1997. How herbs and spices ginger up beer.

Joys from the black stuff March 1, 1997

Finnish bar that will sell you a PUP... February 1, 1997. And visiting a brewer who, after raising four children, calls the brewery her 'new baby'.

Porridge, cabers and stout... in Sweden January 1, 1997

Porter on prescription: that's what I call a real national health service January 1, 1997. A beery cure-all for nursing mothers and Royal toothache.

Kid and the Bear Cub brew up a storm December 1, 1996

The Goodland island and its ancient beers December 1, 1996. Gotland has 60,000 people, 96 churches, and several hundred brewers.

In search of the Witches' Brew October 1, 1996. An October favorite, Moorhouse's beer has year-round cult following.

Salty trail of Germany's link with wild beer October 1, 1996. Leipzig is said to have boasted 80 Gose houses in 1900.

Saintly Sam brews peach of a wild ale September 1, 1996

Beer tops new heights up Fuji June 1, 1996. Frontier spirit brought brew pub law change.

A pint of cloudy, please May 25, 1996. British brewers take to making wheat beers.

Japan's beer turns turtle - even in the land of Ninja May 1, 1996

Over the moon in the steps of brewing monks March 1, 1996. In the ruins of St. Gall we have the earliest layout of a brewery in Europe.

The king of beers December 30, 1995. Lees' Harvest Ale stands the test of time.

Heaven sent - downing oysters by the pint September 9, 1995. Bushy's Oyster Stout revives a tasty tradition.

Drink pink for summer July 8, 1995. Fruit beers may work for a picnic or as an aperitif.

Prague: twinned with Burton-upon-Trent June 3, 1995

Disaster city defies bombs and prohibition June 1, 1995.Brewpubs bring beer relief to Bible belt.

I'll drink to peace in our time, with a glass of Irish ale March 18, 1995 Caffrey's proves astonishingly seductive and a great success for Bass

Last of the summer beer October 1, 1994. Forget the national blands: try the firm, tasty seasonal ales.

Scottish beer in full flower December 18, 1993. Heather ale, the secret weapon of the Picts, is still being brewed in Scotland, says Michael Jackson.

Holland's giant cleans up its act -- on the quiet November 1, 1993. Heineken improves, and De Ridder endures.

The glass of '93 blossoms early September 18, 1993. Hop flowers only two weeks old are the secret of a new beer's fresh flavour, and Michael Jackson tasted love at his first pint.

He's probably only here for the beer September 4, 1993. Netheravon In Wiltshire has a new local brewer. His name is Stig Ander Andersen and he has taken over Bunce's Brewery. Now he's making Pigswill, says Michael Jackson.

Why getting the wind up means the beer is good September 1, 1993. Brewery founder dug deep to slake workers' thirsts.

From toffee apples to a bass-baritone August 7, 1993. What does it take to make good beer great? Michael Jackson on that Extra something.

Barking up the right tree with Alsatian beers June 1, 1993

The Name on Everyone's Lips April 3, 1993. Timothy Taylor's bitter is the toast of the Great British Beer Festival says Michael Jackson.

Brewery with its own abbey - it must be Ireland February 1, 1993

Long may the Speckled Hen range free Jan 2, 1993. Michael Jackson's Beer of the Month outlived the Abingdon MG car plant it commemorated and is now in demand all over England.

Winter draughts that keep out the cold December 19, 1992. Fuller's of London even offers three winter ales.

The Lion hunt ends in west London November 7, 1992. Once Michael Jackson had to cross mountains to get his hands on a favourite Sri Lankan beer. Now he sips it in Ealing.

A working prince who keeps a royal head on his beer November 1, 1992

Paul Theakston is brewing again in Masham October 24, 1992. Michael Jackson hears what the vicar thinks of the new beer.

Burton Union gives Marstons its Pedigree September 5, 1992. Heath Robinson would have been proud of the 'Burton Union', a yeast cultivating system that gives a complex, fruity, dryness to Michael Jackson's beer of the month.

Last word in ale in land of rising yeast September 1, 1992

Drink the beer, swallow the tonic August 29, 1992. White Shield, one of the few real ales in a bottle, is now in supermarkets, says Michael Jackson.

A great British beer tour August 15, 1992

Tested by pigeons, drunk by the landlord August 1, 1992. Michael Jackson is toasting Yorkshire Day with a Timothy Taylor's bitter - his Beer of the Month.

Take a long, serious draught of sweet Liberty July 4, 1992. Michael Jackson's beer of the month is one of America's greatest brews, now available in Britain.

Mine's a pint of Santa Claus December 7, 1991. Try this Michael Jackson chooses a powerful Swiss lager as his Beer of the Month.

Apples and black treacle in a real winter warmer November 2, 1991. Michael Jackson selects, as his beer of the month, Gale's Prize Old Ale: strong and spicy, hinting of calvados and full of earthy perfumes.

A Mild to Snap Your Braces At September 7, 1991. For his beer of the month, Michael Jackson selects a low-alcohol brew from Walsall that goes down well with people who are not yuppie.

Pleasures of consorting with the devil of a brew August 3, 1991. Michael Jackson enjoys Belgium's Duvel -- big on bouquet, long on finish.

Flying the beer flag on Fourth of July July 1, 1991. What beery pleasures await the British tourist on his way to see the White House?

The perfect pint for a chilly night December 1, 1990. Michael Jackson explores the cellars of Suffolk in search of the secrets that make winter ales a seasonal special.

The great American pub crawl (Part 2 of 2) September 22, 1990. The conclusion of Michael Jackson's epic beer odyssey.

Spices can catch you on the hop ... May 1, 1990

Younger, Milder image for the workers of beer May 1, 1989

Anchors up and away August 1, 1988. Looking back at when Anchor Steam headed to the U.K.

Nuclear bomb shelters and the world's strongest beers December 1, 1986. With Samichlaus newly revived, a look back at Michael Jackson's first full-length story on the beer, 14 years ago.

Beer event reviews

There are few places better for beer hunting - where you may sample scores, even hundreds of beers, your bladder and liver willing.

At their best, beer festivals are festive. At their worst, there's still beer.

Beer event reviews

Don't fight: Just choose ten great beers from Germany May 12, 2003. Standing up to be counted.

Hate the pun, love the pub September 24, 2002. Sherlock's Home is too clever by half, but the beers are terrific.

HopDevil wins at GBBF August 7, 2002

Foreign Frontier advances: Especially Russians and Americans August 3, 2002

Can a Pils have an American accent? November 1, 2001. Judging at the world's best beer festival.

Zero is a hero July 13, 2001. American brew wins in London.

Scottish island's summer brew beats British 'Belgians' and 'Germans' June 1, 2001

Great Beer Festivals: A new frontier May 1, 2001

Washington hosts historic tasting of British and Irish classics April 6, 2001. If you were there, what did you think?

Washington rally for Belgian beer January 22, 2001

Why I would rather be in Alaska January 2, 2001

Judging at the GABF October 10, 2000

Belgium's beery weekend September 21, 2000

How a Mild beat the Bitters August 2, 2000. The inside story on the Champion Beer of Britain.

Arctic devil of a job July 1, 2000. January in Alaska: Part II.

A few words from the Exalted Ruler May 1, 2000. January in Alaska: Part I

Famous Seamus celebrates St Paddy's March 17, 2000. Scullions Cask Ale judged Supreme Champion of Ireland independents.

Britfest champ sets record August 4, 1999. Tasting notes from the Great British Beer Festival.

Bokbier Fest August 1, 1999. When faced with 50-plus beers, Alfa is a good place to start.

Fortification at 'The Gibraltar of the North' June 1, 1999. Big and rich beers from Finland's 'Suomenlinnan Panimo'.

Notes from the road: Stockholm December 10, 1998

Notes from the road: Copenhagen December 8, 1998

Notes from the road: Turin December 8, 1998

Notes from the road: Amsterdam December 7, 1998

Notes from the road: London, Glasgow December 5, 1998

Notes from the road: Minnesota, Chicago, Baltimore, New York October 28, 1998. Last two weeks October, 1998.

GABF Notes: Delights from a brewery in hop country October 5, 1998

GABF Tasting Notes: Oct. 5, 1998, Seattle, Washington

Notes from Denver and the GABF October 1, 1997

Top glass August 2, 1997. Of all the bars in all the world - here's what's best to drink.

Festival of Britain August 3, 1996. Lagers are in the dark at the celebration of cask-conditioned ales.

From toffee apples to a bass-baritone August 7, 1993. What does it take to make good beer great? Michael Jackson on that Extra something.

The Name on Everyone's Lips April 3, 1993. Timothy Taylor's bitter is the toast of the Great British Beer Festival says Michael Jackson.