Porto is the place for discovering wines from the Douro and Port, but I still managed to find time to check out beers from the burgeoning craft beer scene - as well as discovering how to order beer correctly!
You'd be a either a fool or teetotal to visit Porto without tasting the Port wine on offer - so I duly obliged. Over several days I managed to fit several different tastings into the schedule to understand and explore the complexities of the different styles which exist.
There's nothing ruder than firing away loudly in English ignorantly, as you point at the beer taps in some countries. So don't look like a buffoon to the locals - learn how to order a beer in their native language.
It was with great pleasure that I joined beer writers GH Hurel and Arezki Yaïche from Top of the Hops to attend the first day of Salon de l’Agriculture in Paris. I was at the event to delve deeper into French craft beer.
As it is constantly dark and dull in the UK this time of year, it reminded me of how around this time last year I’d just got back from an incredible 3-week trip to sunny Australia. I'd spent a very different Christmas over there. No turkey in sight!
I've had a fantastic year, and I've really enjoyed setting up and working on the blog over the last 12 months. One of the goals I had when I started the year was to post at least 52 blog entries, which I've just about managed to achieve. Here's a round up of five of the most notable posts this year.