Anyone who is passionate about beer understands that every beer carries the people, places and experiences associated with it. Beer is about more than what’s in your glass; it’s also about what’s in your memory. If you’re like us, you’ve probably got a short (or maybe long) list of beer-related adventures you’d like to turn into memories. Here are six things worth putting on your beer bucket list.
1. Catching a white whale. Yes, we do think beer can sometimes taste better if it takes extra effort to get it. In order to get the Alchemist’s Heady Topper you need to travel to its home state of Vermont. Cigar City’s Hunahpu Imperial Stout requires a ticket purchase, and Russian River’s Pliny the Younger practically takes you on a scavenger hunt around California bars to track down a draft. But once you get your hands on one, it’s all worth it.
2. A beer pilgrimage to Belgium. Westvleteren’s famous monastery gets a lot of the headlines, but there are countless other reasons to make a beer pilgrimage to Belgium, such as Cantillon (a brewery synonymous with pitch-perfect wild lambic beers) and the beautiful grounds of Brasserie de Rochefort. On a related note, not that you’d ever need another reason to want to work for Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing Company, but according to their website, employees who reach their five-year anniversary with the company are rewarded with a trip to Belgium,