Have you become spoiled by Craft Beer too?
Before I moved to Austin, I live in the NJ/NYC area where there were plenty of places to buy and drink excellent craft beer. Moving to Austin almost a year and a half ago didn’t really change this too much. Yes there were a few breweries that weren’t available at the time but most have come to Austin since then such as Firestone-Walker and Southern Tier. For the few breweries that were or are still missing , I now have access to so many great local breweries such as 512 Brewing, Adelbert’s, Jester King, Hops & Grain, and Rogness just to name a few. Now I actually have access to more great Craft Beer than ever, when you factor in my beer trades with my friends back in the NorthEast(Heady Topper anyone?)
On a recent ten day trip to Costa Rica (Bus Tour via Caravan), I realized I’ve become spoiled by Craft Beer. To be more specific I’ve become spoiled by the availability of Craft Beer.
This is mostly my fault because I only packed one bottle of beer to take with us on the trip. Sarah from Adelbert’s was nice enough to gift us with a bomber of Oaked Tripel B while doing the brewery tour a few weeks ago. After hearing the stories of Adel’s travels we thought this was an appropriate beer to take. But I shouldn’t have stopped there!
We had so many amazing days on this trip, seeing stuff like Spider Monkey, Sloths, Howler Monkeys, Macaws, Crocodiles, Volcanoes, Rainforests and more. But at the end of the day, something was missing.
We wanted to celebrate these amazing days with a great Craft Beer but there was none to be found(except the one bottle we brought). The national beer, Imperial was fine as a thirst quencher when we were hot during the day but it didn’t cut it at night when I wanted something 8%+ abv!
One day, we were fortunate enough to see baby Leatherback Sea Turtles hatch [Link to Youtube video] and crawl into the sea(in Tortuguero)…that night we decided to have the Adelbert’s Tripel B. We slept pretty good that night!
Besides that, the only other beer “highlight” we had was finding a Cuban beer called Bucanero. It was nothing special but still cool to find something from the land of Fidel Castro!
If you’re planning a trip to country where Craft Beer is not found a plenty, make sure to pack some of your own!
So yes, I’ve been spoiled by the availability of great Craft Beer, how about you? Do you feel we are living in the Golden Age of Craft Beer?
We also like to hear from you guys on some of exotic places you’ve brought craft beer…send pics if you have them!