Bob and Ellie Tupper, “DC’s original beer geeks” (Washington CityPaper), began taking notes on beer in 1979 and have amassed a database with over 26,000 entries. Their 35-year quest to find new beers has taken them all over the U.S. and Europe and inspired the design of their GABF Gold Medal-winning beers, Tuppers’ Hop Pocket Ale and Tuppers’ Keller Pils.
Bob Tupper has hosted beer tastings and lectured on beer since 1984. He hosted the nation’s first sit-down beer tastings at Washington, DC’s legendary Brickskeller restaurant and saloon beginning in the early 1980s. Today he continues as host of the invitational “Brickskeller Tastings” series at Washington’s RFD and the “Son of a Brick” tasting series at Mad Fox Brewpub in Falls Church, Virginia. He has also been a guest lecturer for Washington’s Smithsonian museums and other educational and cultural organizations.
In addition to studying beer, Bob has taught high school history, government, and global studies for 45 years. Ellie is a writer whose short stories have featured in several anthologies. She works as an editor for an international scientific society. In Drinking In the Culture, the Tuppers share their experience, anecdotes, and practical advice gleaned from years of traveling, tasting beers, and talking with some of the best brewers in the world.
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Drinking In the Culture: Tuppers’ Guide to Exploring Great Beers in Europe is a useful and readable guide not just about beer or about travel, but about the rich connections between beers and the societies that brew them. It allows travelers to spend less time hunting and more time enjoying the hundreds of rich and distinctive beer-drinking experiences Europe has to offer.