Introduction

September 16, 2008 by treehorn
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Welcome! I go by D, and I’m also a beer enthusiast. Three of my favorite things in the world are traveling, drinking, and learning about new cultures. E and I recently took a trip that fused all three of those passions, and we’ve created this website to serve as a tool and an inspiration for others like us.

In a world that is increasingly globalized and homogenous, it is becoming vanishingly difficult to travel and have an experience that isn’t prepackaged for mass consumption. As a student living in Manhattan, I see this every day. Tour buses packed with tourists drive past my apartment several times an hour; yet few if any of those tourists will ever get a feel for the New York that exists beyond the landmarks. There’s no good reason it has to be this way.

Beer may seem like an odd choice of a cultural passport, but there are few other conventions so nearly universally celebrated as a good glass of beer. In fact, at one time or another, beer has been brewed and enjoyed in nearly every area of the globe. Together with the sociability associated with drinking, this makes beer the perfect jumping-off point for any exploration. When you enjoy a local brew, or at least a local pub, you get the chance to see the local spin on a tradition shared the world over. Chances are that you’ll also meet more than a few natives.

~D

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