Well here we are again, now with our fifth edition of this passion project of ours called Prostly. In this month’s issue, we’re keen on highlighting the intricate balance between tradition and innovation in the ever evolving world of beer.

The influence of the global craft beer movement is unprecedented, and what seems like every city, town, village and community is getting in on the action. This is great for many reasons; the opening of an industry that was formerly monopolistic has spurred innovation, exposing us to new styles while the increase in competition ensures breweries don’t become complacent.

Although it feels like everyone is embracing microbrews, it’s equally important to recognize the beers that have been ingrained in a country for generations. Often these are thought of as ‘basic’ relative to the ‘exciting’ styles of new players, but there’s an inherent heritage here that testifies to the culture and history of its homeland.

On that note, we begin our beer journey in Mexico with an open mind to both Mexican commercial and craft brews. The undertone here is that there’s a perfect time and place for every beer, perhaps best articulated with this quote: “who the fuck wants to drink a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout on the beach?”

Next we move to Lithuania where Šarūnas showcases the top beer bars and breweries in capital city Vilnius, and takes us along for the ride. While the craft brewing scene is really taking root, the traditional farmhouse ales produced across the country offer an alternative perspective.

And perhaps there’s no better way to illustrate the cultural importance of beer than Shay’s visit to the uber traditional Brauhaus Bönnsch in Bonn Germany. Though he was skipping class, he may have received an even better lesson.

And finally, Aynsley provides some tried-and-true tips to buying beer abroad and transporting it home with you – so important for those who love travel and beer as much as we do. Throughout her travels, she’s amassed more than her fair share of obscure and coveted beers, so she knows what she’s talking about.

We created Prostly as a forum to highlight the beer experiences we encounter throughout our travels, and though the scene is currently dominated by interest in craft beer, we also want to make sure we maintain the balance between tradition and innovation. It’s in the history and culture of beer that some of the best stories exist.

Contributors to this issue