Top 10 Road Trips for Beer in 2010: Yours and mine
As the first calendar year of Road Trips for Beer’s existence draws nigh, I thought I’d take a look back at the most memorable road trips of 2010: five of ours, and five of yours. Thank you all for the support and feedback as we continue to develop this site as the go-to resource for the traveler who seeks the next great beer adventure.
I’m looking forward to sharing even more great Road Trips for Beer in 2011, and hearing about yours.
Happy Holidays and best wishes for a prosperous and Happy New Year.
Cleveland, Ohio: I admit that I traveled to Cleveland with the preconceived notion that it would be a depressing, dirty city. I was wrong. This community is well on its way to bigger and better things, and a thriving craft beer community is one of the leaders of this progression. Now, if only they could again have a winning sports team.
Cajun Café on The Bayou: This little restaurant on the mangrove bayous of Pinellas Park, Florida, managed to throw two impressive beer festivals in 2010. Truly catering to the craft beer aficionado, the festivals featured magnificent lineups of brews from Florida and across the nation, with nary a macrobrew in sight, and owners Paul and Rebecca Unwin are ardent supporters of the Sunshine State’s growing craft beer scence.
Colorado: This was two trips in one, with attendance at the inaugural Beer Bloggers Conference in Boulder, followed by a stay at the Keystone Resort in Summit County, home to four craft breweries and a bunch of good folks. I even managed to get in some skiing!
Sarasota, Florida: It figures that the craft beer scene in this Gulf Coast community exploded shortly after I moved from it in late 2009, but on a return visit, I hit Sarasota’s seven best beer bars and met some of the people behind the movement. And 2011 promises even more beery goodness, including a new brewpub and an expansion of an existing craft brewery.
Asheville, North Carolina: Technically, this was a family road trip to a spot farther north, but I managed to sneak in a visit to Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria on the way up, and an impromptu visit and tour of Highland Brewery Co. on the way back. It’s easy to see why this mountain town has been named “Beer City USA.” I will be back.
Evan Cohan, the Beercycling tour: Evan Cohan, founder of Beercycling.com, set forth on an epic beer and bicycling tour of the Northeast United States and parts of Canada last summer. Evan chronicled his journey on his website and via Twitter and Facebook updates. His final tally: 1,974 miles over 52 days on the road.
Jenn Prosser, Montana: The woman behind the Denver-based beer blog Jenn and Beer took her experiences from a Road Trip for Beer to Butte, Montana, and turned it into a helpful guest post about “The Do’s and Don’ts of a Road Trip for Beer.”
Genevieve Shuler, Vermont: Also known as The Hops Honey, Genevieve Shuler of New York City embarked on a brewery tour of Vermont and when she got back, offered great tips on “Planning a Beercation” for the readers of Road Trips for Beer.
Amie M, Philadelphia: Home brewer, beer blogger and all-around great person Amie M of Gainesville, Florida, wrote of how relationships developed through social media led to a trip to the City of Brotherly Love to meet and drink great beer with some of those friends in person.
Many of you, The Great American Beer Festival: Alas, the annual beer-stravaganza in Denver, Colorado, was not on my personal itinerary in 2010, but I managed to live it vicariously through the Tweets, Facebook and website updates of those of you who were there. It’s definitely penciled in for 2011, which will be the mega-festival’s 30th anniversary.