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2008: The adventure begins

Stovepipe Well sand dunes

While some of you may have been sleeping in on January First we were venturing up and down the sand dunes nears Stovepipe Wells (Elevation 0) in Death Valley. If you click on the photo you’ll find it easier see one person (Daria) standing and another (Sierra, in pink) sitting.

What does this have to do with beer? Nothing, other than to explain why I suggested a while back there will be less blogging here in 2008 and 2009 than there was last year.

Long before the first post went up at Appellation Beer we were already planning a trip that will last nearly 15 months. After Sierra graduates fifth grade in May we’ll be headed north to Alaska. By August of 2009 we expect we’ll have been in 49 states, the District of Columbia, nine Canadian provinces, and 14 European countries.

Since they have nothing to do with the mission here, no need to bore you with trip details — there will probably be another blog for that.

When we started talking about this adventure it was to be even more of a sabbatical (other than for Sierra, for whom school never ends). Since then other beer-related projects have popped up. I’ll be working on a book about wheat beer for Brewers Publications, and want to get the Beer Oral History Institute rolling. Expect a few magazine stories as well — got to compensate for what’s happened to the dollar in recent years — and posts here when time and Internet connections permit.

But the recent trip should be pretty typical. Had we been planning to update the Beer Lovers Guide to the USA then when we returned home through Las Vegas we would have felt obligated to visit the city’s brewpubs and the Freakin’ Frog, a suddenly famous beer bar. Instead we went to the Hofbräuhaus, because in the fall we can visit the original in Munich.

So that’s our plan. Maybe we’ll see you along the way.

I guess that might involve beer.

6 Responses to 2008: The adventure begins

  1. Boak January 10, 2008 at 2:46 pm #

    Sounds very exciting! I daresay you’ll find a few nice beers along the way.

  2. Thomas March 31, 2008 at 9:35 am #

    If you happen to get into Flagstaff drop me a line I’d be happy to have a beer and show you the local highlights.

  3. Mario (Brewed For Thought) April 23, 2008 at 12:29 pm #

    49 States? Which won’t you be visiting. My guess is North Dakota. Never been there, never met someone from there and can’t think of anything there. Surely it doesn’t exist.

  4. Stan Hieronymus April 23, 2008 at 12:52 pm #

    Hawaii. Kinda hard to drive there.

    North Dakota is much maligned. A beautiful state in the summer. Much prettier than most of South Dakota (in other words, outside the Badlands and Black Hills).

  5. Rick Green May 13, 2008 at 6:44 pm #

    Be sure to get in touch when in Vancouver.

    Rick Green
    Campaign for Real Ale Vancouver

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