While I don’t think I travel a ton, I definitely travel a fair amount. As I’ve traveled the country (and the world), it’s so fun to try the local beers, visit the breweries, and see local people. You really get an authentic sense for the local flavor.
Just today, we went to the popular fruit farm East of St Louis Eckerts. We went to the restaurant, which leverages a lot of the crops, to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday. In their attached store, they were showcasing Main Street Brewing Company in downtown Belleville, IL. I grabbed a 6-pack of their 2-Hop IPA. It’s delicious. I’m drinking it now. I’m kind of bummed I didn’t also grab a 6 pack of their Blood Orange Radler. That was delicious as a sampler.
My wife and I were already talking about making a trip to Belleville to visit the brewery in person. I hear downtown Belleville is cute. We’ll take the kids and make it a trip.
During my last trip to New York City, I went to Brooklyn to meet a friend for dinner. I got to the neighboorhood early and had some time to kill. I wandered my way up to Brooklyn Brewery. This was super cool because Brooklyn Brewery is one of the godfathers of craft beer movement. Head Brewer Garrett Oliver is a beast of the food world. I tried an IPA that I hadn’t had before. I really wanted to try the Black Ops that I’d heard so much about but wasn’t in the mood for a 10% ABV imperial stout.
Prior to that, I was on a trip to visit my team in Denver. Our office is in a suburb. After a couple days of work in the office, I grabbed my team and we worked from 4 Noses Brewing Company. I had some delicious NE-style IPA’s, while we jammed out the last bit of our work.
Travel the country (and really the world) through beer. Find a brewery where you’re going. Stop by and drink it the area around you. Maybe say hello to the person sitting on a stool next to you.