TravelSips is about going places and discovering what people are drinking there. Judging a homebrew competition in Piozzo, Italy? Yup. Working the bottling line at a brewery in Switzerland? Check. Collaborating on a beer for a cartography conference in Copenhagen? mmmhmmm. Meeting up with a Japanese brewer at a beer bar in Tokyo over fried hop flowers? Oh yeah. Joining the Beijing Homebrew Society? Why not. Winning an essay competition proposing to bring French culture to the US through beer, and then taking the trip? My first series post here!
It seemed a shame to keep all these travel adventure goodies to myself.
Until I land a gig in Europe, I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. My father made a mean Bloody Mary. My grandfather always drank a martini on the first tee- out of a proper glass (and was a scratch golfer). My mother is game to try anything I hand her, but prefers Coors and espresso martinis. Sigh. These characters and others act as my travel sipping barometers. Yikes!
I teach a variety of beer courses at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. (Beer & Biryani, French Beer, Belgium v. Germany, Craft Beer 101, Beer & Art History…) The students are what make them fun, and when I get a really good batch we go on field trips after the class is over to continue exploring craft beer in a comfortable bar-classroom.
Maps are my other obsessions, and they happen to come in handy when traveling. If you are interested in maps, consider joining the Boston Map Society (disclosure: I’m the VP), or attending the International Conference on the History of Cartography in July 2017 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.