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Meet the Beer Traveler: Caroline in the City

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Q. Tell us about yourself in 140 characters or less. OR in a haiku

A. Travel blogger from Atlanta, GA obsessed with visiting breweries in every country I visit. I spent the last year working and traveling in Australia, missing American beer.

Q. What are your three favorite things?

A. books, beer, grilled cheese

Q. If beer drinking was your “job” what title would you give yourself?

A. Princess of Hefeweizen

Q. You write about your travels on your website: CarolineintheCityBlog.com tell us more about it:

A. I started it while living in Charleston, South Carolina and going on little road trips around there in college but then I graduated and went traveling to Thailand, Germany, Croatia, London and the east coast of the USA before moving to Australia. I’m doing my best to avoid the “real world” by working my way around the globe.

Q. How long have you been seeking out craft beer when you travel? What was your first craft beer travel memory?

A. I don’t know if I could have told you what craft beer was before two or so years ago. My first craft beer memory wasn’t while traveling, but my first visit to the Sweetwater Brewery in my hometown of Atlanta. I’ve since discovered many more local beers like Terrapin, Red Hare, Red Brick and Monday Night.

Q. Where all have you been? What breweries have you visited?

A.  Heineken (Amsterdam), Kona (Hawaii), XXXX (Brisbane, Australia), Sweetwater, Red Hare and Red Brick (Atlanta), Yazoo (Nashville). Aside from breweries, I’ve been to Canada, Mexico, Cayman Islands, France, Germany, Italy, England, Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Croatia, Thailand and Australia.

Q. What do you look for in a beer destination when you travel?

A. I like places that have craft beer that is well known to locals. Where you will see more people drinking craft than the national brands.

Q. What are some of your favorite breweries that you have visited?

A. I didn’t get into craft beer until recently, so I missed out on so many that I would have loved to visit on my travels (Brooklyn, Coney Island, Samuel Adams are a few). The bigger brewery tours are fun (Heineken, XXXX) because they have money to spend on interactive displays, but the smaller breweries are the local hangouts for the free beer and entertainment. Red Hare is my local brewery and it has cornhole and bocce courts outside, which makes it easy to socialize with other beer fanatics.

Q. How do you find craft beer when you travel?

A. I try to sample lots of different beers when I’m at home, so when I travel I look into breweries I’ve already heard of. I also get a lot of tips from fellow travelers.

Favorite Beer City to travel to:

A. I’m a little biased, but I have to say Atlanta so far. It’s becoming much more of a beer place, with the breweries I mentioned before, stores selling growlers and homebrew ingredients and bars made just for beer lovers like myself. There’s a local chain called Taco Mac that has a frequent beer drinker’s club called Brewniversity. You sample different beers and earn rewards like free t-shirts and mugs, house cash, and your name on a plaque. There’s also a secret bar called The Fred at one of their locations for Brewniversity members only.

Best Beer State in your opinion:

A. I have to hand it to Colorado, unfortunately. Something about the water. Maybe one day Georgia! I just love Left Hand, New Belgium and Blue Moon.

Brewery you want to visit:

A. Too many to count! Anchor, New Belgium, Terrapin, everything in Brussels and Germany, Magic Hat, Abita, JailHouse and Coast.

Tell us about your most memorable brewery visit:

A. I went by myself to the XXXX Brewery in Brisbane and met a group of British gap year travelers. I had never loved the beer, but had to admire their fantastic marketing, which went from a local beer to one known throughout the country. I also found out they made XXXX Summer, which I enjoyed, and the James Squire brand.

Q. What do you look for when deciding what pint to pour next?

A. I look at location and style. I’m not always in the mood for an IPA or porter, so it just depends. Sometimes I pick the ones with the funniest names, like Tramp Stamp.

Q. What is the most unique beer you’ve enjoyed?

A. I had a Terrapin 15th Anniversary Ale that was very strong and very sweet, but unlike anything I’d had before. It came in a small goblet, but that’s about all I could handle.

Q. If you could have dinner and beers with anyone in the craft beer industry, who would it be and where would you go?

A. Fred, of The Fred Bar I mentioned earlier, is the beverage manager for Taco Mac and brings in the most obscure beers you can imagine, along with lots of tasty craft selections. Not sure where we would go, but he would be paying.

Q. Where can we find more about you online? Twitter/Facebook/Website etc.

A. Blog: www.carolineinthecityblog.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/carolineinthecityblog

Twitter.: www.twitter.com/cairinthecity

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