I have this old orange ‘Beer Trekking’ backpack. It’s featured on the Trekker Trippel bottle. I’ve been hauling it on every beer journey for fifteen years. Like most beer travelers, I also have a giant collection of coasters, patches and stickers as well as volumes of hand written journals. My favorite bits are the diagrams and drawings.
Recently, we were discussing beer travel destinations and helping some Slumbrew fans with out of the way West Coast itineraries. I think our favorite places were the hardest to find and always recommended to us by passionate beer Trekkers, most of which were total strangers. Some of the most interesting and meaningful conversations I’ve ever had were with brilliant new friends at the bar in out of the way brewing places like Astoria, Oregon.
The spirit of beer trekking includes boldly going where you’ve never gone before (heh- Star Trek reference) and seeking out new life and new civilizations. Over the last ten years, we traveled more than 10,000 miles per year specifically on ‘beer research’ trips. All of these travels, visits, tastings and tours helped inspire our ideas about the marketing and creation of our own beers and brand.
Last year we launched Slumbrew and had our son Nathan. We’re proud to report that he visited 29 breweries in his first 55 days. Granted, we were in Oregon, but we’ve vowed to keep visiting, sampling, learning and traveling. In summary Trekker is our tribute to you the beer traveler and to all the folks we shared a pint with on road. Sample carefully and safe travels.
Slainte! - Caitlin