For the past eight weeks Maria and I have been moving at a rapid pace and have been quite busy to boot. From Idaho to Portland to Seattle and down to Tahoe we had been on a fast track for our first trip to Burning Man. We haven’t been able to write as much as we like to on TRP due to our busy schedules but wanted to give a quick run down of what we have been up to.
Oregon Brewers Fest
After three years of attempting to be in Oregon for this epic beer fest we finally finagled our schedule to make it to Portland in time to participate. Spending a majority of our time with the Dunedin Brewery crew we tore up Portland visiting six breweries and capped our evening (every night) at the Rum Club.
The actual festival is crazy big spanning five days from noon to 10 pm. It’s not a shit show though because while it is free to enter you have to pay for drinks with tokens. I would put this up there with GABF, Savor, and Great Taste of the Midwest as beer festivals you should probably attend at least once in your life.
Our first time on the playa (ply-uh) was an unforgettable experience in self reliance and self expression. Camping with the Hash House Harriers made it easier on us virgins since we already had a community of half minded people to share the experience with. We purposefully didn’t take many pictures to experience things in the moment and because pictures can’t do this event justice. If you’ve never heard of the event here is a little background and here is a good clip from this year’s event:
Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
I collaborated with this upstart beer magazine to visualize the impact of Goose Island’s family tree of brewers. The craft beer industry is uniquely incestuous (in a good way) in that brewers move around to different breweries quite often looking for that next brewing challenge. I wanted to visualize how a brewery can influence the rest of the industry through their departed brewers. Keep an eye out on your news stands for this issue which is out now.
All About Beer Magazine
When I learned we were going to be attending Burning Man I immediately thought about the beer side of the experience. I pitched a story about home brewing at the event to All About Beer and was pleased to hear it was accepted. It won’t be in the magazine but keep an eye on their website where it should soon be available for all to read. (The story is now up here: allaboutbeer.com/burning-man/)
Like many craft beer enthusiasts, I enjoy getting out into nature and disconnecting from the wired world. When I do I still enjoy beer. Thinking about the benefits of beer hiking caused me to write a story for CraftBeer.com to raise awareness of the activity and provide some great destinations to try it for yourself. You can read the story here: 5 Canned Beer and Hiking Destinations
Beer Advocate Magazine
I never knew how up and down the history of growing hops in the United States was until I was commissioned to create an infographic showing the acreage devoted to hops over time in the U.S. You’ll have to wait a little while to see the results as the issue won’t be released until November, but I am quite pleased with how it turned out.
Society of Beer Travelers
We have had a great response from beer travelers around the world and are working to add even more benefits and cool stuff to our store. Be sure check out the website and sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date as the community develops.
So hopefully that explains why the TRP updates have been fewer than in the the past, but will be getting back up to speed and writing more about our adventures and beer travel in general soon.