It is an exciting time for craft beer lovers living in the United States. Never before has there been so much choice: quality beers crafted at different breweries across the entire nation. Beer is representative of many different things for each individual person. But to me, beer is an experience.
Beer is something that I actively seek out, visiting my favorite breweries to sample my favorite beers–straight from the source. I want to see how the beer is made, I want to smell and taste the local and artisanal ingredients that go into a quality batch of craft beer, and I want to talk to the people who are making the beer I drink and I want to hear their stories. Destination Breweries, like Stone Brewing Co.’s Bistro and Gardens in Escondido, California, constitute veritable paradises for beer lovers such as myself. These all-encompassing locations offer amazing fresh and local food, they highlight the craft beers that are brewed literally in the room right next door, and they initiate memorable conversations between the local, regular clientele and those individual who routinely make the pilgrimage to their favorite Destination Brewery.
I have always been a fan of Surly Brewing, despite their limited distribution in the United States and my inability to readily find their beers in California. When I heard about their proposal to create a Destination Brewery in Minnesota, I immediately thought to myself: “I cannot wait to schedule a vacation to Surly!” I make it a priority to take these types of vacations as often as possible–whether visiting my local breweries up in San Francisco, or planning a cross-country trip to Dogfish Head in Delaware or Brooklyn Brewery in New York. I eagerly await the day that I can visit Surly’s brewery, enjoy some delicious food, sample some incredible beers, and enjoy the local atmosphere that I may not otherwise have had the chance to experience.
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