Hello friends! As it’s our first issue of the new year, all of us at Prostly want to wish everyone a happy 2018. May it be filled with family and friends, excellent conversations, fulfilling travel and incredible beer.

We’ve got five beer and travel stories for you in this month’s edition of Prostly including two outstanding European beer guides and our first features highlighting craft beer in the Caribbean, a region where many island nations were only recently ravaged by hurricanes and tropical storms, and one which has seen varying signs of recovery since.

On this note, we start with a feature on Frenchtown Brewing Co. of the US Virgin Islands. Located on the island of St. Thomas, which was hit hard by both Irma and Maria, Frenchtown’s owners refused to quit when the going got tough despite, quite literally, the destruction of their future home. The story of Frenchtown Brewing is a story of island resiliency, family, and community and we’re delighted to share it.

Next we’re in Grenada to highlight a great collaboration between West Indies Brewing Co. and the local cocoa farmers co-op, known for producing some of the world’s best chocolate. The outcome? West Indies Brewing Co.’s Chocolate Mongoose, a chocolate Porter that’s delicious and made for island drinking.

Last but not least, we head just north of the Caribbean to share a playbook on where to find the best bars, breweries and bottle shops in Fort Lauderdale, from local craft breweries like LauderAle and Invasive Species to cool as shit bars Laser Wolf and Riverside Market. These great spots prove that Fort Lauderdale is coming into its own as a beer destination worth making the trip for.

On to Europe. First up is a fascinating look at Cologne’s beer scene, which is a super important part of the German city’s history, tradition and identity. Indeed it’s the land of Kölsch as the highly carbonated beer must be brewed within the city limits to be considered authentic.

Next, we head to the Slovenian capital for an unbelievably comprehensive and intriguing guide to beer in Ljubljana, which includes craft breweries, traditional brands, beer bars, the world’s only beer fountain, and even a beer-themed escape room.

That wraps up another edition of Prostly. As always, get in touch if you’re a beer enthusiast looking to share your passion with others as part of our contributor community. Or let us know if you just drank a life-altering beer you’d love to see us feature.

Prost – and here’s to a new year!

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