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Our favourite things: April 2017

We’ve been here and we’ve been there, and our team have found a few things we thought we’d share

Our favourite things: April 2017
BrewDog hotel

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Hair of the dog

BrewDog — the Scottish craft beer company responsible for a chunk of my outgoings each month — has laid its paws on US soil for the first time, opening DogTap Columbus. In autumn 2018, the company plans to open a beer-themed hotel, also in Ohio, with Punk IPA on tap in all rooms. 
Tamsin Wressell // Contributing Editor

What we’re listening to… podcasts

The Allusionist // Josephine Price
Women of the Hour // Sarah Barrell
S-Town // Stephanie Cavagnaro
Athletico Mince // Pat Riddell

Confessions of a caffeine addict

What I’ve learned about Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

  • Cultivated mostly above 3,000ft, it’s one of the world’s most expensive gourmet coffees
  • Made with Arabica beans, it’s known for a mild, smooth taste and lack of bitterness
  • The coffee is only certified Blue Mountain if it’s within the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica’s map
  • Outside the Blue Mountain zone, coffee must legally be called High or Low Mountain
  • Around 80% of Blue Mountain Coffee is exported to Japan

Stephanie Cavagnaro // Senior Editor

T-rex factor

Kids can dig for replica bones and meet life-size dinos. These raptors are on the march as part of the Jurassic Kingdom’s UK tour. 
Jo Fletcher-Cross // Contributing Editor

Life is suite

Qatar Airways’ new QSuite offers Business Class passengers ‘party of four’ seating — move a panel here and a TV monitor there, and voila! — groups of friends can transform their seats into a private suite for four.
Glen Mutel // Deputy Editor

Fit for a King

Graceland in numbers

40
Years this August since Elvis’s death

137 
Millions of dollars invested in the expansion of the King’s Memphis home

200,000
Square-foot size of the new expansion

$57.50
Price of a ticket

3.8 
Acre estate

450
Rooms in the new guesthouse
Josephine Price // Online Editor

Published in the May 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)