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Meet the RVing Beer Travelers: Brent and Christine

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Q. Tell us about yourself in 140 characters or less:

A. Two travelers, wandering the country in search of something…we’re lost, lets have a beer

Q. What are your three favorite things?

A. Tough, family and good friends, good food and good beer could definitely make the list

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

A. Quality Assurance

Q. Tell us about your travels and your website… what made you buy and RV and get on the road??

A. Like a lot of younger people on the road we just needed to break out of our rut. Careers and the cubes had pulled us in and we wanted some time away from all that to figure out what to do next. Still haven’t figured it out but we’ll keep trying

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

A. Anytime we’ve traveled we’ve found ourselves in local, low key bars and breweries. The atmosphere of those places is just part of what we’ve always enjoyed on our vacations and at home. It wasn’t until this current RV adventure that we really started searching for breweries when we would land someplace, so I guess we’re pretty new to it.

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

A. We started out in Georgia and made our way across the south heading west. Made it to California then back over and up the Rockies before coming back down the west coast. We’re currently hanging out in the southwest.

We’ve hit a lot of the big breweries, but have also enjoyed finding the small local shops with no distribution outside of their brewpubs. Sometimes you win with those and sometimes you lose but its fun to keep looking.

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

A. Well, we don’t actually plan destinations solely upon beer. We will make a stop or alter a route to hit up a spot that we’ve heard about but for us, looking around for good breweries whenever we end up somewhere is just part of the fun. Call it more combining an enjoyment of good beer with travel rather than travel for beer.

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

A. Definitely Full Sail in Hood River, OR, but also, Boundary Bay in Bellingham, WA, Kettlehouse in Missoula, MT and Old Lompoc in Portland, OR. Oh, can’t forget Grand Teton in Victor, ID. Oh…and Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, CA. Alpine had some great brews but they also had some mixes of different brews that they would recommend, and the best BBQ wings I’ve ever tasted. I could obviously keep going.

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

A. Google first and then once we have some targets we’ll start looking for more reviews. Got some better sites for us?

Favorite Beer City to travel to:

A. So far I would say we had the best time in Hood River, but, we’re just getting started.

Best Beer State in your opinion:

A. Ask us again when we’ve hit them all.

Brewery you want to visit:

A. Left Hand would be cool, Jolly Pumpkin as well

Tell us about your most memorable brewery visit:

A. Boundary Bay is one that we had a really good time at. Nothing crazy happened to make it memorable, just great beer and really good food.

Grand Teton we actually planned our route for. We had been hanging out at Bittercreek Ale House an awesome restaurant in Boise that serves lots of regional beers. Had a few from Grand Teton that we really liked so modified our route to make sure we passed through Victor. When we arrived the tasting room was closed but one of the guys in the brewery told us to head on in anyway.

We looked around for a bit before one of the employees came in and opened the bar for us. Poured us samples and chatted away. We had a great time and left with a box full of bottles! Even got a thank you from one of the owners as we were heading out. Great place.

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

A. If there is something we haven’t had before we go there. Frequently we’ll pick two things that have potential for both of us to enjoy and then share.

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

A. We had never really heard of sour ale until we tried Noel de Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin when we were in Louisiana. So in Hood River when we stopped in to Double Mountain and saw they had a couple we had to try them. Both were made with Washington cherries. Delicious!

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. Come on…gotta be The Roaming Pint crew and wherever you guys tell us we should go.

Q. If you could give advice to others that might be interested in RV traveling, what would it be?

A. Don’t worry about all the details, its easy to get buried and intimidated by all the information and all the things you “should do/have”. Do what you can and figure the rest out as you go.

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

A. We keep up a travel blog at http://hortonstravels.com. From there you can find us on Twitter or FB

 

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  • Maria says:

    Thanks for the interview Brent!! 🙂 – We are flattered that you would choose us for dinner!! I guess that means we are paying.

    As for other sites we use when we research beer travel… we like BreweryMap.com they have an iPhone app we use. I also like BrewingNews.com – they publish regional papers for breweries and brewpubs, we are always on the lookout for one of those, or can download the maps from their website.

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