My interest in beer goes a bit deeper than the warm buzz obtained from the golden goodness. Beer to me is similar to how I feel about traveling, I want to try/see everything. When I go to a restaurant its a rarity to find something I haven’t tried, so when I do I know instantly what I am going to get. While on our trip I will be seeking out every beer I can find. I will be doing it for you, the readers, or maybe it is simply my justification for indulging.
I don’t know about you, but at any given time I have 20-30 gallons (80-120L) of beer in my basement. It may sound excessive, but I love making and sharing my beer with friends and family. For those of you who are unsure what home brewing is, it is as the name suggests, making your own beer at home! Maybe its my engineering mind, but I love learning, understanding, and making things. Beer making fits all of those very well, and has become a top hobby of mine. Brewing has also increased my knowledge and appreciation of beer tasting and quality. While on the road I plan to give you taste updates on any and all beers I can get my hands on.
Unfortunately most of the world has been convinced that the basic lager beer is what beer is supposed to taste like. There are some regional differences but for the most part, all too many beers taste like the Heinekin’s, Budwiesser’s, or Corona’s of the world. All of these beers are decent in there own right, but to me its the travel equivalent of an all inclusive resort, if you have seen one you have seen em’ all.
The beers I am most excited to try are in Vietnam, Bia Hoi, a ’home brewed’ beer of sorts. Made locally and distributed to restaurants and food vendors, its a low-alcohol beer to accompany a meal or snack. Just knowing that other parts of the world are making their own beer is the part that interests me most. I would love to participate in brewing some beer or any kind of alcohol with a local person. A few other places on our RTW trip have a heritage of making some kind of fermented beverage: Peru has Chicha, Laos has Lao-Lao, and probably many others I haven’t hear of yet, but I’m dying to try!
Other highlights I hope to find on our trip are the small out of the way brewery’s making something other than the norm. Toward the end of our trip we will be near some of the beer meccas of the world in Western Europe. I just have to talk Hannah into wandering around Belgium, Germany, and England for a bit. The perfect end to our trip for me would be traveling this region during late September and October when the beer related festivals are happening.