We have just posted the second of our two-part interview with Alan Knight at the Waiheke Island Brewery. Waiheke Island lies just offshore from Auckland, New Zealand. Special thanks to Alan for his patience with our first international episode. It was a bit of a challenge to shoot with limited equipment and manpower but we couldn’t have asked for a more gracious subject. Thanks, Alan!

You can go straight to the first part of the interview here. Or jump over to part two here.

Guinness has a clever pint glass out that has an illegible QR code printed on it. Illegible until the Guinness is added, that is.

Reader Chad Case shows off his new Reef sandals sporting TGT, or Thirst Quenching Technology. In layman’s terms I believe that means there’s a bottle opener in the sole. How handy! While I should be checking out the sandals, I’m more interested in what that beer is he’s opening…

Born in this repurposed rail car in Arnaudville, Louisiana, Bayou Teche Brewing is the subject our latest interview on Travel by the Pint. We spend a morning with founder and brewmaster Karlos Knott, as he discusses how he developed each recipe, and how his beer honors his grandfather. Check it out here.

Okay, I don’t even really know what to say about this one but CNN Money is reporting that Molson Coors is unveiling an iced tea flavored version of Coors Light.

According to The Wall Street Journal’s blog, the number of American-style microbreweries in Beijing has recently doubled. That’s right. There are now two: Great Leap Brewing and Slow Boat Brewing (I love the name). Sarcasm aside, could this be the start of a trend in China? The WSJ blog article says, “there’s a growing and largely untapped market in China’s capital as disposable income rises and beer-swilling residents clamor for more variety at the pub.”

Slate.com has an article on beer sommeliers and “why beer deserves the same kind of expertise as wine.”

The NY Daily News (among others) reports that beer may be coming to a White Castle near you. But, for now at least, only if you live near Lafayette, Indiana. Perhaps Starbucks is next? (via Business Insider)

Still looking for gifts for your beer-loving friends? The Chicago Tribune rounds up some books on beer and beer candies, or you could grab a champagne-style beer for New Years toasting (via The Street).

It’s been far too long since my last post — I’ll try and do better. Just in time for the holidays, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram provides a list of 10 beers that would make great gifts.

According to a release on PR Newswire, Abita beer will soon be available in cans, beginning with three of their flagships: Amber, Jockamo IPA and Purple Haze. And, if you missed it, check out Travel by the Pint’s recent episode featuring Abita.

CNN’s Eatocracy has a nice roundup of West Coast beers.

The Daily Meal looks at “5 Rare Beers You’ll Never Get to Try”.

And, just in time for the 4th of July weekend, the AuroraAdvertiser reports on grilling with craft beer.