Q. Tell us about yourself Chris!
A. My Dogs, Gardening, and Craft Beer… duh! : )
Q. If beer drinking was your “job” what title would you give yourself? If beer drinking is your job, tell us more!
A. Well… it kind of is my job! Between working on Beer Corner USA, Teaching Beertopia’s Beer School with Aaron, Aaron and I are also host “Beer Corner USA’s Beers of the Week” on YouTube… as for a title, I would have never given it to myself, but in a 2009 article about me, the Omaha World Harald dubbed me Omaha’s ‘beer god’.
Q. Tell us about your video series Beer Corner USA’s “Beers of the Week”:
A. Last year the idea came up to start a YouTube beer review channel as part of the Beer Corner USA social media scene. I was asked to do the videos with Aaron by our boss, Bill. We review beers, share about our beerfests, and talk with breweries all in 8-10 minute videos that come out every 7-10 days.
Q. Why do you primarily travel?
A. To visit breweries and drink beer at it source, with the locals and enjoy their culture.
Q. How long have you been seeking out craft beer when you travel? What was your first craft beer travel memory?
A. The past 4 years I’ve been lucky enough to have gone on Beer Tours to Germany and other parts of Europe with groups that were lead by my boss and the owner of the Crescent Moon, Bill, through the Huber Haus Mug Club on Bavarian Bier Odyssey’s to Germany. I have also either gone early or stayed on late for extra days to explore other parts of Europe on my own. My first beer trip ever, and first time out of the US, was back in in April of 2008 to Germany, and then on my own I went to drink beer across Belgium and in the city of Amsterdam! I had so much fun I went back October of 2009 on our second Bavarian Bier Odyssey including going to Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany, plus I spent extra time exploring Koln and Dusseldorf in Germany before the group trip, and then back to Amsterdam on my own afterwards for more incredible Dutch beer. I went back yet again October 2010 my third Bavarian Bier Odyssey of Germany, including attending the 200th Oktoberfest in Munich, plus I spent an extra 5 days exploring more of the Netherlands, including Haarlem and Amsterdam, and their amazing beer culture some more. My fourth trip to Europe was at the end of July and beginning of August 2011 on the Bavarian Bier Odyssey IV to see the Best Summer Bier Gardens of Germany and I went early to explore the Dutch Beaches, the northern most Dutch brewery and a few new places in the Netherlands to drink Dutch beer that I hadn’t had before. My 5th European Beer Tour will take place August 17th through September 5th 2012 as I embark on another Dutch Beer Tour on my own, and the first ever Belgian Beer Odyssey with the Belgian Beer Society of Max & Joe’s Belgian Tavern!
Q. Where all have you been? What breweries have you visited?
A. Well… lets see… I hope I don’t forget any…
USA: Nebraska – Upstream Brewing Company, Lucky Bucket Brewing Company, Nebraska Brewing Compnay, Empyerian Brewing Compnay. Iowa – Keg Creek Brewing Compnay. Missouri – Boulevard Brewing Company. Kansas – Free State Brewing Company
Germany: Munich (Spaten, Paulaner, Augustiner, Air Brau – in the Munich Airport), Bamberg (Schlenkerla, Fassla, Mahr’s, Spezial) , Koln (Sunner, Malzmuehle, Fruh, Pfeffgen, Paffen, Gaffel, Schreckenskammer, Sion, Peter’s), Duesseldorf (Ureige, Im Fuchschen, Schumacher, Schlussel) , Ettal (Ettaler), Aying (Ayinger), Böbrach (Eck), Forchheim (Eichorn, Greif, Hebendanz, Neder), Schlammersdorf (Witzgall), Bayrueth (Maisel), Hirschaid (Brauerei Kraus), Regansburg (Kneitinger, Spitalbrauerei, Thurn & Taxis, Bischofshof), Kelheim (Brauerei Schneider), Windischesesnbach (Zoigl Breweries – Bim Glosser, Fiedlscheider, Stern, Bim Binner, Wolfrahmstraben, Wurth), Neuhaus (Schafferhof), Kulmbach (Kulmbacher), Andechs (Klosterbrauerei Andechs), Bodenwohr (Brauerei Jacob), Amberg (Bruckmuller, Schloderer Brau, Brauerei Winkler, Brauerei Sterk, Hausbrauerei Am Stern), Ausfess (Brauerei Rothenbach, Sachsendorf (Brauerei Benedikt Stadler), Heckenhof (Kathi Brau), Hochstahl (Reichold), Nenkendorf (Schroll), Nesselwang (Brauerei Post), Freiburg (Brauerei Ganter, Martin’s Brau, Hausbrauerei Feierling, Der Kaiser), Triberg (Alpiersbacher), Rothenburg o.d. Tauber (Brauerei Landwehr), Hirschaid (Brauerei Kraus), Zweiesel (Damfbier Brauerei), Weltenberg (Klosterbrauerei Weltenberg), Passau (Ingolstadt), Tergensee (Herzoglich Bayerische Brauerei)
Belgium: Brussels (Cantillion) Watou (St. Bernardus), Houffalize (La Chouffe), Soy (Fantome)
Austria: Salzburg (Steigl, Augustiner)
the Czech Republic: Pilzn (Pilsner Urquelle), České Budějovice (Budvar)
the Netherlands: Amsterdam (Brouwerij ‘t IJ, Brouwerij De Prael, Brouwerij De Bekeerde Suster), Haarlem (Brouwerij Jopen), Nijmagen (Brouwerij De Hemmel), Texel (Bierbrouwerij Texelese), Tillburg, (Trappist Monestary Konigshoven – Brouwerij La Trappe)
Q. What do you look for in a beer destination when you travel?
A. The recommendation of locals, the quality of beer they produce, and the location of the city
Q. What are some of your favorite breweries that you have visited?
A. I really had a memorable time at Brauereri Eck, Brouwerij Cantillion,
Q. How do you find craft beer when you travel?
A. I use BeerAdvocate, The Good Beer Guides (they make them for several countries, like Germany and Belgium) The European Pub Guide – it’s an online resource.
Favorite Beer City to travel to:
A. Amsterdam – you may think it’s a city just for tokes and pokes… but the beer culture is AMAZING!!
Best Beer State in your opinion:
A. Having not traveled to many states, I’m going to say I enjoy being in Omaha as our beer scene grows, so Nebraska!
Brewery you want to visit:
A. The list is TOO long to name them all! I want to make a West Coast and Great Lakes tour sometime in the US. I hear the Italian Craft Beer scene is growing and quite good, THere are more places in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands I have yet to visit… why don’t you come beer touring with me sometime and we’ll find a few good stops! : )
Tell us about your most memorable brewery visit:
A. I have visited TOO many to pick one… you will just have to stop by the bar sometime and listen to me tell stories as I serve beer… or take Beer School!
Q. What do you look for when deciding what pint to pour next?
A. What is now, what is seasonal, and what have I not had.
Q. What is the most unique beer you’ve enjoyed?
A. I have had sours at Cantillon, Rouchbiers in Bamberg, Gruits in the Netherlands, and trappist beers at the Monastery, I have drank Kolsch in Koln, and Alt in Dueseldorf. I have drank Pilsner Urquell from the wooden vats below the brewery… but the most unique beers I have drank have been some of the fantastic homebrews I have tried. It is where the creativity of ALL brewers stem, and you can’t ever loose that creativity if you want to make fantastic beer!
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. I’ve already met some great people, but if I could meet ANYONE, it would be the late Michael Jackson, and I would let HIM choose the spot.
Q. Where can we find more about you online? Twitter/Facebook/Website etc.let us know! We love hearing from all types of travelers and all the great stories they have to share. Cheers to good beer!