Those epic words genuinely set off strong, emotional visuals in my brain, and likely in yours, too. Whether it’s from personal experience or even just from the movies, there’s nothing more exciting than jumping in a car with a crazy destination in mind to get the blood pumping. And there’s only one thing can that can intensify that experience for me: beer.
Over my time as a BrewHead, I’ve found that one of my favourite things to do is to take a beer-cation. I’ve only really done 3 or 4 trips solely focused on beer, but I do make sure to drop into a couple spots every time I dip out of town.
I really believe that one of the most fun parts of beer is actually going somewhere to get it. While I’m cool with trading and have dabbled a little personally, I’d much rather jump on a plane or get in a car and zip my thirsty ass to the place where the stuff is brewed.
To me, when you journey for good craft beer, it just makes the drinking experience that much more special; there’s something to be said for reaping spoils after you put in a ton of work. And while simply paying for a plane fare and a hotel isn’t exactly hard work, you’re investing your hard earned money–more importantly, your time–into travelling for beer. So, the feeling you get when you finally get hold of what you’ve been searching for is incomparable–think exploration of new worlds.
Whether it’s heading out to Cali to get your hands on Pliny and Monkish, dipping out East to hit up Tree House and Trillium, discovering new Southern beer Meccas like Tampa Bay and Asheville, or even zipping up North to Canada to check out the beer scene with the BAOS fellas, bring an extra suitcase and keep your receipts for customs. Shit is real for a craft beer lover.
We recently came back from a great trip to Vermont where we interviewed a ton of incredible people in the beer industry, literally drank multiple bucket list beers, ate some incredible food and had a ton of laughs. Best of all, we documented it and put together this fun vlog. Let us know the spots we missed!