Inside a Costa Rican microbrewery – at the beach

first_imgImagine yourself sitting at the beach on a very warm, sunny Costa Rican afternoon. It’s the perfect scenario for a cold handcrafted beer. And you’re in luck, because you’ve got a brewery right at hand: Tamarindo’s Volcano Brewing Company.Brewmaster Nikki Hurren tells you that the brewing process occurs two times a day with their 3.5 barrels system. You’re so interested in this process that the brewmaster gives you a tour through their small factory. Some kegs inside Volcano Brewing Company’s factory. Jordi Louzao / The Tico Times“First we rinse the barley in water to take out the sugars and reach the sugar level we want in the beer when we add the yeast. The yeast eats the sugar and converts it into alcohol,” Hurren says.Using their manual brewery system, Hurren then continues with the wort, which is kind of like barley malt. Beer in the making. Where the beer’s temperature is controlled. Jordi Louzao / The Tico Times Volcano Brewing Company is located on the main street of Tamarindo right in front of the beach. Via Volcano Brewing Company’s Facebook“We leave it in those fermenters with yeast. For ale, which is the most popular style in Costa Rica, it takes two weeks. The first part of the fermentation take about five days and then another five days for the temperature, which leads us to another tank where we inject carbon dioxide. That’s where the gas or fizz” are added, Hurren says. Volcano Brewing Company’s selection of beers. Choose the one you’d like the most. Jordi Louzao / The Tico TimesThe liquid then goes to the bright tank, where the gas level is checked. Finally, the beer proceeds to the siphon so customers can sample three varieties: pale ale, a dark amber called Gato Malo (Bad Cat), and the IPA or Indian Pale Ale.The pale ale has 5 percent alcohol, the dark amber a 4.5 percent and the IPA is the strongest with a lot of hop, or humulus lupulus, to give it its strong taste.After all this explanation, there’s only one thing you can do: sit down, relax and drink a cold beer while the waves crash on the beach.Volcano Brewing Company donated a tour to The Tico Times for the purposes of this story. Volcano Brewing Company is a local brewing company in Tamarindo, Guanacaste with 100 percent artisanal production. For more information visit their website or Facebook Page. Facebook Comments Related posts:How the Tamarindo Labyrinth was created Planet-friendly fusion cuisine: a meal at Cala Luna The growth of the Tamarindo Diria Hotel Tamarindo to host underground electronica Ocaso Music Festivallast_img read more

Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler the Privat

first_imgHong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineMandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico launches its Wellness Yoga Retreat, a four-day holistic program taught by a skilled team of in-house yoga instructors and offered for both novice and advanced students from June 24-27, 2010 with future programs scheduled August 26-29, 2010, September 23-26, 2010 and October 21-24, 2010. Group programs can also be arranged anytime throughout the year for four or more individuals.Guests will have an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing break at this AAA Five Diamond hideaway resort located on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula while restoring their mind, body and soul. Throughout the weekend, guests will experience Asana and Pranayama yoga sessions, diet and nutrition class, quiet time for meditations and bask in the luxurious accommodation at Mexico’s most sophisticated resort.The Wellness Yoga Retreat comprises: -Luxury accommodation for three nights in a Selva guest room with garden and water canal views -Daily yoga classes in the morning and afternoon with highly experienced instructors and designed to accommodate both beginner and experienced yoga students -Daily guided meditations -Specialized nutritional diet created by the Spa’s culinary and wellness team (includes all meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner) -Choice of one spa treatment: Mayan Na Lu’um Massage or Mayan Tzolkin Ritual -Complimentary use of Heat and Water Therapies including Steam, Sauna, Vitality Pool -Rates are from $2,155 (single occupancy) and $2,815 (double occupancy) for the three-night stay as described above, plus tax and service chargewww.mandarinoriental.comlast_img read more