TravelSips is about going places and discovering what people are drinking. I’ve had some fun experiences- like judging a homebrew competition in Italy, working the bottling line at a brewery in Switzerland, collaborating on a beer for a cartography conference in Copenhagen, meeting up with a Japanese brewer at a beer bar in Tokyo over fried hop flowers, and joining the Beijing Homebrew Society. That was all before I started to write about my adventures. It was winning an essay competition proposing to bring French culture to the US through beer that prompted this site- and is the first series post here.
It seemed a shame to keep all these travel experiences to myself. The content is for everyone- but solo woman travelers may find some tips particularly relevant.
I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. My father’s Bloody Mary was so loved that I sent the recipe with the thank you notes after his funeral. My grandfather always drank a martini on the first tee- out of a proper glass. 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. And sometimes travel companions.
The Cambridge Center for Adult Education allows me to teach a variety of beer courses- my favorites are Cartography of Beer and Beer & Art History. Tasting several beers and looking at images of maps and art is a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Maps are my other obsessions, and they happen to come in handy when traveling. In 2018 I gave a talk and curated an exhibit at Harvard called Hang a Left at Prohibition Park: The Intersection of Beer and Cartography. If you are interested in maps, consider joining the Boston Map Society (disclosure: I’m the president) or attending the International Conference on the History of Cartography in July 2019 in Amsterdam. Where I will be giving a talk on English Drink Maps and Their Influence on Licensing Laws.
My personal Instagram is KrisButler6; the Twitter associated with this site is @TravelSips; Twitter associated with the Boston Map Society is @BosMapSociety; Instagram associated with the Boston Map Society is @boston_map_society.
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