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About Road Trips for Beer

Gerard Walen, Editor

Photo by Leigh M. CaldwellLet’s get the obvious out of the way first: I like road trips, and I like beer.

So when I got the opportunity to become editor of Road Trips for Beer, I jumped for it (after carefully setting down my pint glass).

My story is probably not that unusual. My love of the beverage began with a few stolen sips of my dad’s Schlitz or Old Milwaukee or whatever he happened to buy on sale that week. As I got older and possibly wiser, so did my taste buds as I moved up through Budweiser, Michelob, Heineken and other imports, that is until I noticed the craft beer revolution that was happening around me.

My current tastes in beer lean toward IPAs and English- and Belgian-style ales, though I certainly enjoy brews in other styles, especially stouts and porters. Being a Florida resident – and native – I’m not averse to a cold Corona on a hot day, and if someone hands me an icy Bud Light at the beach, I’m not turning it down.

I worked as professional writer and editor for 15 years at Florida newspapers, most recently the New York Times-owned Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where I was assistant business editor. I worked there for 10 years.

I’ve been across the U.S. several times in my life, with a few excursions to other points in the Western Hemisphere.  It seems that each time I travel, I find something new or unexpected in the world of  barley, hops, yeast and water. I look forward to sharing my discoveries with you.

When I’m not on the road, I’m based in Central Florida, in the shadow of a certain famous mouse. Road Trips for Beer intends to guide you across the country and around the world in search of good beer, good food and good times. But since I live in a state that’s a destination for many road trippers, I’ll make sure to let you know what’s happening near me.

Follow along, and if I meet you along the road, first pint’s on me.

Contact me with your news and comments at gerard@roadtripsforbeer.com.



Media coverage of Road Trips for Beer.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: (March 19, 2010) Three Florida beer festivals and tips on attending

Drink with the Wench: (April 20, 2010) Featured Beer Blogger Gerard Walen

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: (June 3, 2010) Tips for beer pilgrims

Beernews.org: (June 4, 2010) World’s First Beer Bloggers Conference Announced

MatadorNetwork: (June 11, 2010) #FollowFriday: A Baker’s Dozen Twitter Beer Experts

Jenn and Beer: (July 2, 2010) Why take a road trip for beer?

Guest Blogger, i.see.kissimmee.com: (August 2010) Author Archive

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: (December 23, 2010) Craft beer spots thrive (guest columnist)

AARP.org: (January 5, 2011) Beer Vacations: If you love hops, these destinations are tops

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: (January 27, 2011) When beer bloggers sip

Beer Bloggers Conference: Beer Blogger Gerard Walen and His Blogs

Kalamazoo Gazette (June 17, 2011): Michigan Summer Beer Festival ranked as one of the Top 10 Summer Beer Festivals

AmericanTowns.com, Del Mar (June 23, 2011): San Diego International Beer Festival Gets Top 10 Honors

Herald-Dispatch (June 30, 2011): Athens’ Ohio Brew Week named a Top 10 Beer Festival

High Country Press (August 25, 2011): Hoppin’ for a Good Time

Life on Tap (August 28, 2011): 8 Presentations by #BBC11 Bloggers

Savannah Morning News (August 30, 2011) : More than 3,000 people expected for Craft Brew Fest Labor Day weekend

Dixie Suds (September 6, 2011) Savannah Craft Brew Fest

Brookston Beer Bulletin (November 21, 2011): Muppets’ Beer-Drinking Habits

The Roaming Pint (November 22, 2011) Meet the Beer Traveler: Gerard Walen

2BeerGuys Beer Blog (December 2, 2011) Beer Advent Calendar – Day 2: Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout presented by Road Trips for Beer

pdxbeergeeks (February 2, 2012) Interview Series: Meet the Geeks: Florida Edition: Gerard Walen

The Tampa Tribune (March 2, 2012) Beer lovers tap into a new niche

Tampa Bay Business Journal (March 23, 2012) Equipment, hires follow long incubation for Cigar City

The Roaming Pint (May 4, 2012) Good Beer, Great People in Tampa

Brewvana (April 13, 2012) The Best Breweries You Never Heard Of, Part 6

Carrollwood/Northdale Patch (May 2, 2012) Is Tampa Bay Worthy of the BeerCity USA Title?

Atlanta GA Today (May 23, 2012) The 2012 Atlanta Summer Beer Fest


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