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Meet the Beer Traveler – Spencer Branham

Meet the Beer Traveler - Spencer Branham
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Meet the Beer Traveler - Spencer Branham

Meet Spencer!

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

A. I’m a Midwestern bred Jayhawk living in KC, working as a graphic designer and with my fiancée in Mission.

Q. What are your three favorite things?

A. Design, Beer and Travel

Q. If beer drinking was your “job” what title would you give yourself? If beer drinking is your job, tell us more!

A. Hmmm, good question. Probably Chief Consumption Officer.

 
Q. Why do you travel?

A. Discovery. Nothing in this world rivals the ability to be fascinated by another culture.

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

A. I would say probably about 6 years (I’m freshly 27 after all). My first craft beer travel memory was on a trip to San Francisco with my parents. The trip was free so I came along and while my parents, aunt and uncle went to wine country I strolled SF alone picking out beer bars. There were plenty of great small batch and craft beers there so I was hooked. It’s hard not to get super nerdy about the beer when you are sitting there alone.

Smugglers Pale Ale

Smugglers Pale Ale in Telluride

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

A. Only a few, I typically scour the list at the local pub and ask for suggestions. However, I have been to Smuggler’s in Telluride, CO, Breckenridge Brewery, Boulevard in KC, Freestate in Lawrence, AB in St. Louis and a few in Asheville, North Carolina where I just got back from.

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

A. Public transportation! Seriously, all of the best places I’ve been you can walk or bike around barhopping w/o worry.

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

A. I really enjoy Smuggler’s in Telluride, it’s a brewpub with some serious beer <see attached images>. I also really enjoyed Lexington Avenue Brewery in Asheville, NC, their list is long, they just got a bronze at the GABF for their Oktoberfest and they are right downtown. <see attached images>

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

A. I’m a bit of a researcher; I will typically search any websites or travel guides out there to try to find out about what’s in town, if there are breweries that offer tours, etc.

Lexington Avenue Brewery

Lexington Avenue Brewery Flights

Favorite Beer City to travel to:

A. In my limited knowledge, I think I’ll say Asheville. They don’t get Beer City USA for 3 years running for nothing.

Best Beer State in your opinion:

A. Yeesh, probably Colorado.

Brewery you want to visit:

A. This isn’t exactly craft beer but the Guinness factory. If it were craft I’d probably say Stone, Left Hand, or Brooklyn Brewery.

Tell us about your most memorable brewery visit:

A. My argument here would be if it was memorable it couldn’t have been that great. However, I think I will say Breckenridge because of the company or Smuggler’s for the beer.

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

A. I typically try to lighten up as I go along the list trying the darkest and most unusual beers first. Flights are a great way to cut out the time and wasting of beer but if I’m sampling I’ve got a pretty good idea of what I like.

Samichlaus Beer by Castle Brewery

Samichlaus Beer by Castle Brewery

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

A. I recently tried this beer called Samichlaus by Castle Brewing which was crazy interesting. It was 14% and had a really dark body too it with a sweet finish. It’s only brewed once a year on St. Nicholas’ day. Read more here.
 
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 just read an article in Imbibe Magazine (an issue my Mom bought for me…) about the rising beer scene in Chicago. I read about Josh Deth, brewer at Revolution Brewing and was super intrigued. I had tried to get there on my last excursion to Chicago with no luck but I’d love to barhop with him and learn more about Chicago’s secret spots.

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

A. I’m on Facebook, Twitter: @fiberpig and on Tumblr.

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  • Woot to Ashville and the LAB. Great brewpub bar in a great beer city. I agree that beer and travel are a great pairing. Drinking a beer from a place is to get the flavor of all that’s around that area. When your in that place and the beer is fresh it lends to great understanding.

  • Rod Kemp says:

    Beer and travel go hand in hand. One must taste the scenery and culture. The heart of people is in a towns produce. Beer is a must for any community, and to taste it is a must for any traveler.

    Great interview Spencer.

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