Q. Tell us about yourself in 140 characters or less. OR in a haiku
A. Political know
Finding the path that best fits
You got it, rock it.
Q. What are your three favorite things?
A. My Smoking Hot Wife, Politics, Good Beer
Q. If beer drinking was your “job” what title would you give yourself?
A. Supreme Brewing Strategist
Q. Tell us more about your Man Project and how that came about:
A. I’ve been at a crossroads in my life where I feel that I’m somewhere between the end of the current phase and starting to begin the next phase. Moving forward requires a total re-evaluation of my priorities and lifestyle. There’s been a lot of things like traveling, going out, having fun out with friends most nights that I’ve been doing because I realize those moments will come less and less frequent as I age. I’ve also been doing a lot like getting into shape, making time for new hobbies- cause I’m realizing that the habits and priorities I put in order now are going to become set in stone and be a part of me forever. It’s a last attempt to perfect some things that have bothered me in my days.
Q. What drew you into the craft beer community?
A. Beer is an escape from all that quite honestly- Not in the alcoholic sense, but in the sense of the moment. I feel like while you’re drinking a good beer, something cool has to be going on around you. We’re not talking about Natty Light here, but I feel like I’ll be drinking a craft beer at a good (music) show, out at a good pub, something of that sort. It’s the memories associated with it that draw me to good beer. Also, I’m tired of getting fat off of shitty beer.
Q. How long have you been seeking out craft beer when you travel? What was your first craft beer travel memory?
A. The microbrew surge and my traveling peaked at the same moment; Airport bars started to get craft beer, so I thought “hey, let’s try something other than Bud Light” while I wait on this flight. Flights scare me, so having a beer before a flight is sometimes a good thing to do. If it’s 7:30 A.M we might not go that route, but catching a 5 P.M. flight back to Columbia might require it.
Q. Where all have you been? What breweries have you visited?
A. Visited some European breweries in 2011. That was awesome. Their appreciation of beer in Europe is absolutely jaw dropping. They really take their beer seriously compared to us, and sometimes I think they might be happier than us at times.
The Man Project also wrote an article about his time in Asheville. Check out: Get Pretty Good At Drinking Beer in Asheville.
Q. What are some of your favorite breweries that you have visited?
A. Personally I like one of my homegrown spots the best. It’s a place called Hunter-Gatherer here in Columbia. They only serve 3 (or 4?) of their own beers. I think that’s awesome. It’s like saying “we’re the best. So don’t ask for anybody else’s product.” That’s a cool concept and can apply very well to business. I’m a big fan of Coast Brewery in Charleston, and also Pisgah in Black Mountain, N.C. They bring the heat.
Q. How do you find craft beer when you travel?
A. Technology. The Internet is slammed with reviews, apps that tell you where the beer is, etc. There are sites that review certain pubs and bars and they tell you what to love and what not to love. And there’s hundreds and thousands of them out there. The Internet rules all.
Favorite Beer City to travel to:
A. Asheville. Asheville is the best city to spend time in- especially to drink beer. They have so many breweries and they were called Beer City of America. I think that’s true.
Best Beer State in your opinion:
A. Once again, Asheville (North Carolina). There’s so much going on in N.C., and being in politics I get that they’ve made regulations relaxed to foster a good beer industry. Asheville is a place where they support beer and want to make a good environment for exploring what’s out there.
Brewery you really want to visit:
A. I cheated on this one. So I checked out Rogue Brewery in Oregon. Never been to Oregon, and I like Dead Guy Ale, so I’ll make it out there at some point.
Tell us about your most memorable brewery visit:
A. Guinness is cool. The view of Dublin from the brewery is phenomenal. I’ll never forget it as long as I live.
Q. What do you look for when deciding what pint to pour next?
A. I like trying new things. I have my favorites – wheat beer, Allagash White is good. But trying new ones is the ticket. Seasonal ales are always the best.
Q. What is the most unique beer you’ve enjoyed?
A. Hmm. When you start using things other than grain and malt and barley, stuff gets interesting. The more flavorful, the better. Except for fruit beer. Some are good, some aren’t. Valdez from Pisgah Brewing is excellent- perfect blend of Stout and Coffee, and the Jalepeno’ Beer @ Asheville Brewing Company – and the strangest, Oyster Stout at Coast. Those are all of my favorites.
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. Hmm. The craft beer industry… I apologize that I actually don’t know that any in the field. So I’ll go with Sam Adams. He is (was) in the craft beer industry – and could probably give me some advice on my career as well.
Q. Where can we find more about you online? Twitter/Facebook/Website etc.
A. @wesleydonehue and my company, @donehuedirect. I also have wesleydonehue.com, which is my Man Project and my Internet show Pub Politics is – www.pubpoliticslive.com. Both myself and my company are on Facebook too. Check us out!
Thanks to Wesley for taking time to answer our questions! We love featuring beer travelers of all types, from “professional” to just starting out. Whether you’ve visited many breweries or just enjoy seeking out local craft beer when you travel, it’s just one more way to immerse yourself in the local culture and get to know the area/locals. One of the best ways in our opinion! If you know someone that you think would be interested in being a featured beer traveler, let us know! We love hearing from all types of travelers and all the great stories they have to share. Cheers to good beer!