Your Next Beercation Could Include a Tasting at 35,000 Feet

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Brewdog

Craft beer connoisseurs will go great distances to get their hands on a good IPA or lager. But could they be enticed to travel thousands of miles from the UK to America if they were promised beer tastings mid-flight? Scottish craft beer company BrewDog is about to find out. The brewery is preparing to launch what they call "the world's first craft beer airline," according to online travel company TravelPirates.

Guests who embark on this "beery adventure" from London to Columbus, Ohio, will get to sample beer aboard a custom Boeing 767 plane dubbed BrewDog Airlines. Food and beverages tend to taste different at an altitude of 30,000 feet because the combination of the dry atmosphere, low air pressure, and background noise alters our sense of taste. BrewDog has already thought of that, though, and a brand new beer has been specially developed for air travel. (If that isn't enough, there will also be food provided on the flight, as well as a cart stocked with more beer.)

The maiden flight will take place February 21, and the package includes a four-night hotel stay in downtown Columbus, plus a tour of BrewDog's Columbus brewery and a day trip to Cincinnati to check out the best breweries there. It costs about $1590 for one person staying in a private room, or $2860 for two people sharing a room.

There's a catch, though. Currently, only shareholders—or "Equity Punks," as BrewDog calls them—can book a flight. However, the threshold for investments is fairly low at $50. Plus, there's always a chance that this creative travel experience will inspire other airlines to start serving more complimentary beer, or at least bring back the tomato juice.

[h/t TravelPirates]

Here's How You Can Help Rebuild Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral

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Kitwood, Getty Images

A fire at Paris’s famed Notre-Dame Cathedral raged for nine hours on Monday, drawing the world’s attention to the partial destruction of one of the best-known cultural monuments on the planet. The efforts of more than 400 firefighters managed to preserve much of the 859-year-old structure, but the roof and spire were destroyed.

Financial support for the building has already come pouring in, with billionaire François-Henri Pinault pledging $113 million toward reconstruction and another billionaire, Bernard Arnault, promising $226 million. A total of roughly $1 billion has come in from donations, but a revitalized Notre-Dame is a considerable expense that could cost even more.

For people who would like to assist, donations are being accepted by the nonprofit French Heritage Society for virtually any amount.

Why will expenses run so high? Prior to the fire, Notre-Dame was in dire need of extensive restoration. Buttresses caused instability to major walls, gargoyles were damaged, and cracks had formed in the now-destroyed spire. The cathedral is owned by the French government, which allots roughly 2 million euros (or about $2.26 million) annually to upkeep. Between the existing wear and the fire, it could take years or possibly decades for the work to be completed.

The publicity surrounding Notre-Dame has also motivated people to assist in rebuilding efforts on a smaller scale, and closer to home. Three churches in Louisiana that were recently targeted in allegedly racist arson attacks saw donations climb from $150,000 to over $1 million following the Notre-Dame fire. You can donate to that GoFundMe campaign here.

[h/t CNN]

The Isle of Sark Needs a New Dairy Farmer, But You'll Have to Bring Your Own Cows

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Philipp Guelland/Getty Images

If you've ever dreamed of moving to a secluded island to become a farmer, the Isle of Sark is giving you the opportunity. Sark, located in England's Channel Islands, is seeking a dairy farmer to supply milk to the island's population of 500. The only catch is that job candidates must be ready to move there with their own herd of 25 to 35 cows, Atlas Obscura reports.

Sark is a 3-mile long, mile-and-a-half wide island with green pastures, rocky cliffs, and no cars or street lamps. The only way to get there is by boat or one of the ferries that leaves from the nearby Jersey and Guernsey islands.

The last time the island had a dairy farmer was 2017. That year, farmer Christopher Nightingale shut down his business due to issues with costs and land instability. The Isle of Sark held onto feudalism long after the rest of Europe abandoned it, and though the practice technically ended in 2008, it hasn't died completely. Sometimes this works to the community's advantage, like when Nazis invaded in 1940, but it also means that farmers must lease their land for short periods rather than own it.

If you're willing to trade your right to own property for idyllic island living, Sark's dairy farmer gig maybe the perfect fit for you. The island is looking for someone, or a couple, with lots of dairy farming experience, and a herd of Jersey or Guernsey cows, which are native to the Channel Islands. You can reach out to Caragh Couldridge at info@caraghchocolates.com for information on how to apply.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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