A Year of Travel and Beer (Year Two)

year of travel and craft beerThese last few weeks have been extremely busy, but luckily it all ended with me finally turning in the paper about craft beer I had been working for the last six months. I was so busy, I forgot that it was my two year blogiversary! So, I thought I would celebrate by recapping my year of travel and beer, round two.

I thought my first year of travel and beer was freaking fantastic, but year two was even better! My year of travel and beer started with flying out of Seattle for my first spring break in Florida. It was great because I got to have two beercations in one week! In Seattle, I got to visit breweries and enjoy seafood along Pike’s Place. And in Florida, my time was spent relaxing on the beach,  partaking in the St. Petersburg/Clear Water Ale Trail, paying homage to the famous Cigar City Brewing and finally visiting Hogwarts (I was about 13 years too late)! My trip to Florida was followed up by a day trip to the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River for A’s birthday, where after a day of hiking, we got to quench our thirst by visiting Pfeim and Full Sail. Then, before I knew it my first year of law school came to an end. Celebrations for completing the hardest year of my life consisted of a day trip to Bend, Oregon where I hiked Smith Rock and participated in the Bend Ale Trail.

Afterwards, I packed up and began the drive to Los Angeles before my big move to Washington D.C. for the summer. The drive to Los Angeles called for detours to Sierra Nevada, Firestone and Figueroa Mountain. And while at home, I made sure to visit some of the lovely breweries Orange Country had to offer. After a week at home, I hopped on a plane and began my summer on the east coast. My time in D.C. was phenomenal. My weekends consisted of  visiting historical monuments and museums and exploring the craft beer scenes of D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.  I ended my time on the east coast by doing one big weeklong beercation through Boston, Portland, New York and Burlington.

After my summer in D.C., I headed back to Los Angeles for another week before driving back to school in Oregon. While at home, I was able to visit some of the Los Angeles breweries, such as Three Weavers and Angel City. And I was also able to drive down to San Diego and go beer tasting with some friends at Ballast Point, Saint Archer and Duckfoot.

On the long 1000 mile drive back to Oregon, I got to fulfill my lifelong dream of visiting Russian River! Pliny for the win! Once I arrived in Oregon, I took a camping trip up to Olympic National Park for one last trip before school. But there were no brewery stops on that trip. And once the semester started, school kept my pretty busy. I was only able to visit breweries on the  occasional Friday night or when I had to be in Portland for a school related activity.

By the time finals came around, I was ready to head home to Los Angeles. It was a glorious 4 weeks of nothing but relaxation, family, friends, and craft beer. When I wasn’t seeing friends or celebrating the holidays with family, I was checking out the newest and coolest craft beer scene right now, and my home – L.A.! I spend my time strolling the streets of the Arts District, visiting Mumford and Arts District, hanging out in the South Bay, checking out Phantom Carriage, Monkish and the Dudes. There were also day trips and brewery visits to Palms Springs and San Diego. To say Christmas break was epic, would be an understatement!

Once Christmas break ended, it was back to the law school grind and thus my adventures and brewery visits came to severe decline. So far, this semester I’ve only been able to visit one brewery in Portland and a few of the breweries in Eugene. But, I have been able to visit the newest brewery in town, Coldfire, a few times and even found my new favorite beer bar, Tap and Growler.

So based on the math, my year of travel and beer consisted of visiting 11 states, the District of Columbia and 79 breweries! Below is a list of all the cities and breweries visited. The list isn’t in full chronological order just because I visited some states twice in one year.

So here to a fantastic year of travel and beer and to year three being even better!

Washington (Seattle)
1. Peddler Brewing Company
2. Stoup Brewing
3. Fremont Brewing
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5. Dub’s Brewing Company
6. 3 Daughters Brewing
7. Green Bench Brewing Co.
8. Cycle Brewing
9. Cigar City Brewing
10. Duff Brewery harry potter world wizarding world florida orlandocoquina beach florida cigar city tampa florida craft beerOregon (Hood River, Bend, Portland and Eugene)
11. Purim Family Brewers
12. Full Sail Brewing
13. Hop Valley Brewing
14. McKenzie Brewing Co.
15. McMenamins
16. Deschutes Brewery
17. Silver Moon Brewing
18. Lompoc Brewing
19. Ground BreakerBrewing
20. Hair of the Dog Brewing Company
21. Sam Bond’s Brewing
22. Laurel wood Brewery
23. Worthy Brewing
24. Oakshire Brewing
25. WildCraft Cider Works
26. Coldfire Brewing
27. Kells Brew Pub
Bonus: Tap and Growler
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28. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
29. Firestone Walker Brewing Company
30. Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
31. The Bruery
32. Four Sons Brewing
33. Beach City Brewery
34. Three Weavers Brewing
35. Duck Foot Brewing Company
36. Ballast Point Brewing Company
37. Saint Archer Brewery
38. Angel City Brewery
39. Rock Bottom Brewery
40. Russian River Brewing Co.
41. Phantom Carriage Brewery
42. The Dudes Brewing Company
43. Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
44. Monkish Brewing
45. Mumford Brewing
46. Arts District Brewing Co.
47. Highland Park Brewery
48. Golden Road Brewing
49. La Quinta Brewing Co.
50. Coachella Valley Brewing Company
51. Council Brewing
52. Toolbox Brewing Company
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53. Capitol City Brewing Company
54. DC Brau Brewing Company
55. Atlas Brew Works
56. Blue Jacket
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57. Port City Brewing Company
58. Caboose Brewing Co.
59. Triple Crossing Brewing Company
60. Hardwood Park Craft Brewery
61. Strangeways Brewing
62. Mad Fox Brewing Company
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63. Yards Brewing Company
64. City Tavern
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65. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery delaware dogfish head craft beer travelMassachusetts (Boston)
66. Boston Beer Works
67. Samuel Adams
68. Harpoon Brewery
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69. Magic Hat Brewing Company
70. Switchback Brewing Co.
vermont burlington travel craft beer IMG_8148Maine (Portland)
71. Allagash Brewing Company
72. Shipyard Brewing Company
73. Rising Tide Brewing
74. Maine Mead Works
75. Oxbow Brewing Company
76. Liquid Riot Bottling Company
77. Sebago Brewing
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78. Brooklyn Brewery
79. Heartland Brewery
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