Time for a beer? Well sometimes yes and sometimes no.
The past few months have seen me visit several areas of the USA, exploring breweries, beer sites and attending events. In August five days were spent on Maine’s Whitehead Island participating in a journey called “The Art and Science of Craft beer and Brewing” guiding 5 participants through a tasting of over 100 different beers in 4 days. Along the journey we visited Portland, Maine to attend the Maine Brewers Guild’s beer festival on the pier. That afforded additional tasting of many dozens of Maine’s craft brewer’s beer.
While in Portland I had the opportunity to visit Rising Tide’s new brewery digs and Allagash Brewing’s new brewhouse and rejuvenated original brewery site turned into a fermenting and resting place for all its funk/sour aged barrels.
Two weeks later I traveled to Spokane, Washington; attended the Washington Brewers Guild meeting and visited a dozen breweries, tap houses, homebrew shops and good beer places in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) area.
From there my family and I ventured into Montana and chilled out in the Flathead Lake area. Visiting the Flathead Brewing Company and seeing its new promising fabulous construction site in Big Fork. Found time to visit the Montana Brewing History Museum in Polson and rendezvoused at the Tamarack Brewing Company and Restaurant in Lakeside embarking on a boat tour upon Flathead Lake. Not just any old cruise, but one with a dozen breweries serving their 30+ different beers; an event orchestrated by the Montana Brewers Association.
Then we drive to Bozeman, Montana there visiting 406 Brewing Company and a local homebrew shop. Stopped by the Bozone brewpub but they were closed in the early afternoon.
Two weeks later found me in Salt Lake City for a meeting with several Utah craft brewers at Uinta Brewing Company. It was great to connect with new and old friends in Utah’s exhilarating brewing scene.
The Boulder County 100-year flood roared 15 feet from out family’s kitchen window. That occupied a great deal of my bandwidth in mid September as I headed out to Butte, Montana to participate as a panelist at U.S. Senator Baucus’ Montana Jobs & Economic Forum.
Our panel included brewers from Big Sky, Beaver Creek and Lewis and Clark Brewing Companies along with a Bozeman beer distributor and a manager from EuroMalt’s malting facility in Great Fall.
A visit to the Quarry Brewing Company in Butte offered a fascinating glimpse into what downtown Butte might become in years to come. There’s a lot of history in Butte, once the nation’s largest city west of the Mississippi. Could it be a pleasant place to hang out and enjoy great beer? Yes it could become just that. Quarry Brewing is a good start.
A family wedding took me to Cape Cod last week, where the beer on tap was from the Cape Cod Brewing Company.
Meanwhile back in Boulder, Colorado flood recovery continues. Cleanup of our home property landscape has yet to happen and I am occupied with catching up on my regular full time day job at the Brewers Association based in downtown Boulder.
The Great American Beer Festival begins in 15 days. I’m heading to Austin Texas at the end of October to attend a technical conferernce.
I’m in need of relaxing and having a homebrew. I promise I will squeeze some of that in between sleeping eating and breathing; after I get off of antibiotics to get rid of my 3 week old virus turned bacterial crud. Yes I’m in need of a beer. I think I’ll have one in 30 minutes at the Shine in Boulder.
So finally. My apologies to readers since I’ve been scarce on Examiner.com. There’s been little bandwidth for writing detailed accounts of my journey’s but my memory is good and I’ve been taking notes and photos. Stay tuned in the months to come when I have time (?) to write.