All posts by Joel Geier

Hi all! My name is Joel, and I LOVE traveling to craft breweries. My goal is to visit as many as possible as I tag along with my travel nurse wife. Follow @brewerytravels on Twitter for updates! I'll be posting articles discussing my adventures here!

Brewery Travels #26: Florida

Florida is one of the more unique places in the country. Whether it’s the shape of the state, the lifestyle, the people, or the weather, it’s a place that seems to always draw attention. I spent several days visiting my old college roommate down in Jacksonville, but we did not limit our adventures there. Spending time in Tampa for the Gasparilla Pirate Festival and Orlando for the Pro Bowl allowed us to sample beer from three major cities. Each stop had several beers worth mentioning.…

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Brewery Travels #25: Atlanta, GA

Georgia is similar to many other states in the Southeast, in that a variety of laws and regulations limited craft beer growth when compared to other parts of the country. With that said, recent changes have allowed the city of Atlanta to experience significant progress. Sweetwater is the well-known, established name, but an influx of newbies that have popped up the last few years have drastically changed the local landscape (all but one of the breweries I visited had opened in the last 4 years).…

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Brewery Travels #24: Nashville, TN

Nashville is a vibrant, thriving city. From the lively music scene to the passionate sports fans, there is plenty witness. Tennessee in general may not be known as a craft beer destination, but if you step away from the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame, you can discover that breweries are making some serious headway. A few have deep roots in the city, but overall it’s a new interest. Just south of Downtown, there is a cluster of breweries that are within…

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Brewery Travels #23: Louisville, KY

There are many things that come to mind when you think about Louisville. The well-known baseball bat company and a certain famous horse race for starters. Beer is not even the first type of alcohol that people think of when Kentucky is brought up. While whiskey still may reign supreme, there has been a significant uptick in craft beer production, thanks to several new breweries opening in the area. It was interesting to me that only one of the breweries I visited in the area…

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Brewery Travels #22: Road Trip #2 (Portsmouth, NH to Nashville TN)

My wife and I are excited about spending the next three months in Nashville, Tennessee! To get here from New Hampshire we took a meandering route down the East Coast. I visited 11 breweries as we spent nights in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Raleigh, and Myrtle Beach. As it often is with road trips, we wished we had more time at each spot, but are thankful for the opportunities we did have! Highlights included the Liberty Bell, the National Mall in D.C., and of course the…

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Brewery Travels #21: Boston Area

As I said at the end of my last article, the Boston beer scene has exploded in recent years. While many associate the city with one of the biggest names in the craft industry, gone are the days when the Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) was the only major player. The growth is especially evident as you move into the suburbs. Whether you head north to Cambridge, Somerville, and Everett, or drive south to Canton and Norwood, options abound. But make sure to take time…

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Brewery Travels #20: Portland, ME Area

Portland, Maine has established itself as one of the top beer destinations in the Northeast. From established breweries to several newbies, there is plenty for your taste buds to explore. I have visited a dozen breweries in the what I would call the Greater Portland Area. The majority were in Portland itself, with a few scattered in nearby towns. One unfortunate things about visiting so many is that I do not have time to properly write about each place I visit. I’ve selected the four…

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Brewery Travels #19: Vermont

Wow. Vermont lived up to the hype. Everyone in the craft beer community knows about this wonderful state. The most breweries per capita of any state, bucket-list breweries in the small towns that dot the landscape, and more great beers than you can shake a stick at. I did not get to every brewery (only reached 10), but the ones I did blew me away. For this article, I tried to pick four that stuck out the most, but I am hoping to do an…

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Brewery Travels #18: Northeastern Massachusetts

When you think Massachusetts, Boston is generally the first thing that comes to mind. And while we will eventually discuss breweries from the largest city of New England, there is plenty to talk about when it comes to the area north of there. Quaint towns dot the landscape of the Northeast section of the state. From historic and infamous Salem, to Newburyport with its church steeples towering above downtown, it’s a lovely area to visit even without the craft beer. Each of the four breweries…

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Brewery Travels #17: Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is one of the many beautiful, picturesque, and awe-inspiring places our country has to offer. My wife and I enjoyed spending a couple days driving and hiking around the area, but this is not a vacation series. I had the pleasure of visiting four distinct and delicious breweries that call this part of Maine home. One brewery is actually on Mount Desert Island, while the other three are short drives away in neighboring communities. These breweries are all on the small side,…

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