The Independent Book Publishers Association has awarded a 2016 silver medal for “Best New Voice: Non-Fiction” to Drinking in the Culture: Tuppers Guide to Drinking in Europe, a beer-travel book written by Washington, D.C.-area good beer advocates, Bob and Ellie Tupper.
A Travel Book for Beer Lovers • A Beer Book for Travel Lovers— CulturAle Press
Drinking In the Culture is the first ever guide to finding, not just good beer, but good beer places, in two dozen of the best cities in the world to drink local beer. From the universities of Sheffield, England, to the historic palaces of Prague, from the well-known beer mecca of Brussels to the little Bavarian gem of Passau, here are gardens, cellars, plazas and ancient halls, all featuring unique and superb local brews amid the rich history and culture of Europe.
This is a book not just about beer or about travel, but about the rich connections between beers and the societies that brew them. For each of the 24 cities, this versatile guide offers:
In Drinking In the Culture, the Tuppers share what they have learned about European beer travel. For everyone from boots-on-the-ground beer geeks to armchair travelers, this book offers an anecdotal and affectionate view of the hundreds of rich and distinctive beer-drinking experiences Europe has to offer.
- A quick orientation to the city as you arrive.
- The history and culture of the city and how they have affected the local beer culture.
- A “sixpack” or more of the best places—brewpubs, gardens, festivals, and breweries—to experience the beer culture of that city and region.
- Suggestions for hotels and out-of-the-ordinary sights.
- Day trips and excursions for more good beer.
- Plus local advice, travel strategies, and tips on getting there, getting around, and staying safe.
The Tuppers are longtime observers of the good beer scene: locally in their home base of the Washington, D.C.-area, nationally, and internationally. Bob Tupper has taught high school history and government for 45 years; Ellie Tupper is a writer and editor for an international scientific society. The husband-and-wife duo has been hosting beer dinners and tastings since before such things were common or 'craft' beer was called 'craft.' And they continue to do so today. They started taking notes on beers in 1979; , their tasting database has grown to over 30,000 entries.
About the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards:
The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Book Award finalists recognizing excellence in independent publishing. Over 150 finalists are featured in 54 categories. Gold winners will be revealed Friday, April 8, 2016 at a special ceremony during IBPA’s annual Publishing University conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. All are welcome.—IBPA press release.
“This year, the Benjamin Franklin Book Award judges read 1,370 entries from across the independent publishers community, each featuring its own unique voice and perspective,” said Angela Bole, IBPA’s Chief Executive Officer. “Following the tabulation of scores, we’re pleased to honor over 150 finalists across 54 categories – truly the best of the best.”
Each of the 1,370 entrants into the 2016 program were judged by three independent judges. [...]
Winning an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award remains one of the highest national honors for small and independent publishers. To be a 2016 finalist, a book must have been published in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.
The Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony, open to all, is the culminating event of the awards cycle each year. Held Friday, April 8, 2016 during IBPA’s annual Publishing University in Salt Lake City, Utah, the 2016 ceremony will include the announcement of one Gold winner in each of the 54 categories.
- Who are Bob & Ellie Tupper? Read this profile from Tammy Tuck at the Washington City Paper.
- Follow their blog of beer-travels and beer-tastings at CultureAlePress.
- What is the IBPA? From its website:
Founded in 1983 to support independent publishers nationwide, the Independent Book Publishers Association leads and serves the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,100 members, IBPA is the largest publishing association in the U.S. Its vision is a world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the publishing industry.
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