02 September 2016
Portland, OR – The Pink Boots Society in partnership with Treasures of Europe Tours
announces its second annual cultural immersion tour: Beer, Bratwurst and Beyond. If you enjoy
a pint of beer direct from the source along with slow food, cultural and historical insights, this is
the tour for you.
This insider’s tour begins in Frankfurt, and winds through idyllic Bavaria and Franconia with
stops along the way at small family-owned breweries, established breweries, some “radical”
breweries, hops farms, and many other places of interest to beer lovers, especially those with an
interest in southern German beer culture beyond Oktoberfest.
This is an exceptional year for the tour because it marks the 500 th year of Reinheitsgebot, the
Bavarian Beer Purity Law of 1516. At its core, the law states that German “beer” may be made
using only four ingredients: barley (or wheat), hops, yeast and water. German breweries using
adjuncts cannot put the word beer on their packaging. The influence of American craft beers has
caused younger Germans – brewers and beer lovers -- not to dismiss but to question the
limitations of Reinheitsgebot.
The tour will visit multiple sites including, brewpubs, family-owned breweries, historic abbeys,
hops fields, larger breweries, and even a traditional Kirchweih folk festival. Participants in the
tour will have the opportunity to engage with a variety of professionals and perspectives over a
stein of beer or two at their establishments. Among them: the Director of the Association of
Independent Breweries, representatives from the Weihenstephan school, hops growers,
pioneering women brewers such as Sister Doris, brewmasters at the abbey breweries, and new-
school craft brewers.
This tour is not all beer, however. Those who appreciate farm-to- table foods with their beer will
not go hungry. There will be sumptuous meals and even a sausage making session with a master
butcher. And yes, there will be time to shop for souvenirs, perhaps even a dirndl or lederhosen.
Due to the intimate nature of the tour space availability is limited. Make your reservations soon.
Itinerary: Itinerary details can be found and reservations can be made at the Treasures of
Europe Tours website: http://treasuresofeuropetours.com/beer-tour- 2/#sthash.n5qn9zi4.dpbs.
Tour Dates: October 14 – 22, 2016.
Cost: $3095 per person based on double occupancy. Price includes travel by private coach,
airport transfers, lodging, breakfast, welcome dinner and much more. Private guide and
translation provided the entire trip.
Scholarships: Five (5) cultural immersion travel scholarships are available for Pink Boots
Society members in good standing. Applications must be submitted by September 8, 2016.
Details about the scholarships and application process can be found at
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