New maritime museum in German port

A renovated 10-story warehouse is home to the newest museum in the German port city of Hamburg.

The International Maritime Museum opened to the public this month, offering a collection of 1,000 model ships, 5,000 maritime paintings and various maritime artifacts.

The private enterprise is that of Peter Tamm, 80, who has been collecting such memorabilia for decades. It is a supplement to Hamburg's waterfront attractions such as canal tours and preserved ships open to the public. It also has museums of emigration and ship loading and unloading. Another museum, presently undergoing renovation, details the history of the customs service.

Tamm also has a collection of 36,000 miniature ships. He also owns 1,000 larger naval-architecture models, some models in ivory and gold.
International Maritime Museum (in German)
Hamburg Travel Guide
• Dining in Hamburg
Hamburg History
Dowd's Guides

Russia plans tourist spacecraft

For those who really want to get away from it all, the news that the Russian space agency has contracted to build a Soyuz spacecraft for tourist use by 2011 may be good news.

"We have concluded an agreement with an investor to begin financing such a Soyuz vessel with an anticipated launch date of 2011," read a statement on the Roskosmos Web site.

The spacecraft will carry two passengers as well as a professional astronaut pilot. The identify of the private investor financing the project was not identified. However, Roskosmos completed a deal in June with private American company Space Adventures for a commercial flight to the International Space Station.

Space Adventures already has sent five tourists into space aboard a Soyuz (seen above).
Space Today.org
• Roskosmos
• Food in Space
• Dowd's Guides

Big Apple's big, pricey beer

The Gothamist is one handy Web site when it comes to keeping tabs on the many, many trends, fads and foibles in the Big Apple. Considering the size and activity level of the place, I can use all the help I can get in keeping up.

The latest drinking-related item it reports puts beer right up there with those ridiculously priced spirits and wines that crop up with great regularity. It's a $95 beer. Not for the keg or the case or the six-pack, but for "a" beer.

It's a 17-ounce Baladine Xyauyù being served at the Beer Table, an establishment in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. Reports The Gothamist:

"The beer ... cannot be found anywhere else in New York, and takes three years to brew; something that Paul Kermizian, beer connoisseur and co-owner of Barcade and The Gutter, tells us factors in to what may seem like an inflated price tag.

"Iy is an extremely rare beer from a tiny artisanal brewery in Italy. Many craft breweries brew small batch beers such as this that are extremely time consuming and labor intensive. That, plus the skyrocketing costs of ingredients, puts the brewery in a position to have to charge a good deal more than they would for a typical pale ale. Often, breweries brew these beers for enjoyment and will likely only break even once all of it is sold.

"One thing to consider is that if a brewery makes a beer that takes three years to age, the beer is probably taking up precious tank space in a brewery already working in too small of a facility. Of the 22 bottles made available at the bar, four have been purchased so far.

"And if you want a taste of the top shelf for slightly less, there's also a rotating collection of about 100 obscure and artisanal beers (that) also includes a $64 Danish beer that changes its ingredients with each new batch and a handful of $50 brews."
NYC Beer Guide
• Dowd's Guides

Wine AND all this beer? What a festival!

You like beer, she likes wines. Or vice-versa. What to do during a busy summer festival season that offers one beverage-centric after another and you can’t hit them all?

Short of going your separate ways, you need to maximize your plannings.

On New York's Long Island, that quandary will be taken care of on August 9 when the “North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ and Wine Festival” is held at the picturesque Martha Clara Vineyard near Jamesport.

In addition to a variety of wines from the host vineyard, breweries listed to provide examples of their products include, in alphabetical order:

Blue Moon
Blue Point Brewing Co.
Boston Beer (Sam Adams)
Boulder Beer Co.
Brickhouse Brewery
Brooklyn Brewery
Butternuts Beer & Ale
Cape Ann Brewing
Clare Rose
Crop Circle
Doc’s Hard Cider
Flying Dog
Hacker Pschorr
Harlem Brewing Co.
John Harvard’s Brew House
Kona Brewing Co.
Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
Long Trail Brewing Co.
North Coast Brewery
Oskar Blues
Peak Organic Brewing Co.
Rogue Ales
Schwelmer Brewing
Shmaltz Brewing Co. (He’Brew Beer)
Sierra Nevada
Sly Fox
Smuttynose Brewing Co.
Southampton Publick House
Thomas Hooker Ales
Widmer Hefeweizen

Ticket details: VIP, $75 (advance purchase only). General admission, $50 (online purchase) and $70 (at the gate, if still available). Designated drivers, $10. Each attendee, except designated drivers, will receive a souvenir tasting glass. Each ticket also includes a BBQ sandwich choice and one side item. No one under 21 will be admitted.
Welcome to the North Fork
Dowd's Guides

Blog Archive