There is nothing like a new environment to get your blood pumping. Add in meeting a new person, some good beer and effortless conversation and you have yourself an ideal afternoon. This is exactly what happened when Ryan and I met, and it wasn’t long before we were planning an entire afternoon of Taproom Exploring.
Naturally, during this initial afternoon of exploration, our conversation turned to what we like about beer, what we like about the culture of craft beer – the people, the un-pretentiousness of it all, the family friendly environments, the realization of an owners dream. It was during this afternoon that we realized it wasn’t necessarily about the technical aspects of beer for us, it was more about the discovery, the conversations, the environments. To us beer is simple – you either like this one or you don’t. You absolutely would have this one again or you would order something different the next time you visit. Neither of us are beer aficionados and we are good with that, we will leave the true opinions to the experts.
It was on a Taproom Exploring trip to Portland that Ryan realized he wanted, needed, would enjoy a way to document his visits to each taproom. Not just so he could remember where he had gone but also as a token of his visits, a way to remember and prove he was there. A place to collect stickers or stamps or some other small piece of each Taproom he visited.
So we made a binder. A page for each brewery in our home state. A place to keep our memories, a place for our stickers and signatures and stamps. And then a funny thing happened. At every Taproom we visited people asked us about our binder. People were interested in our binder. People Wanted our binder!
And the rest is history. . . Still unwritten.