Recently our resident Portaholic decided it was time to relocate across the United States. Loading up her truck, she and her husband set out from the high desert of Nevada and headed for the lovely, green, luscious Midwest and they could not have left at a better time (as they just barely missed some pretty heavy snowstorms). Here is her take on the journey, as well as her list of brews she decided to collect for “research purposes” along the way.
“Traveling 1,700 miles wasn’t a daunting concept. Having to drive a mere 25 mph on an interstate, going down a mountain, in the dark and with no clue where the road was under all of that white was a bit irritating though.”, she stated. We couldn’t help but smile, because this isn’t exactly an odd situation for our Wisconsin-born writer and Portaholic. She described the trip with an air of “meh” where many would have been telling a hair-raising tale of white-outs, near disasters, and raging rig drivers. That’s our girl.
Just barely missing the snowstorm that hit Northern Nevada, then continuing on to be a mere few hours ahead of the storms that closed down I-80 through Wyoming all the way to Cheyenne, we’re pretty sure she had some divine intervention going on, as her timing was spot on and she missed out on being snowed in through Wyoming. We reminded her to be safe and careful, to which she said “I’m ok, I’m a Midwest farm kid. This isn’t snow, it’s just a dusting. Be there in a couple of days.”
During her trip she seemed to find time to collect some interesting brews to try once the trip was over. How she found time to stop at so many places to grab a 4-pack of this, 6-pack of that, bottle of the other is beyond us and her husband simply grins and says, “She kept saying she needed it for work.”. Dedication is great, but we still think she should have skipped the brew collecting and slept a little more.
Below is an accounting of her views on the brews she picked up. We hope you get a chance to try some of the brews she grabbed along the way, as her effort still has us scratching our heads and wondering who thinks about collecting work samples in the middle of a building blizzard.
All brews are listed with their brewing company to help keep things in some semblance of order. Please excuse the lack of pictures, as she said “Next time I’ll make sure to grab photos, but I doubt anyone would appreciate the brews from the outside of a Solo cup. Yes, I went low-tech, but darnit they were good.”.
We hope you get a chance to check out some of the brews that our writer grabbed on her journey across the United States. We already know she’s planning another road trip later this year and headed down to West Palm Beach, Florida. What we don’t know is where she plans to stop along the way, though we’re pretty sure it’ll be another treasure hunt along her route that results in a list of brews that you’ll want to check out.
This feature has been a while in the making, as the trip itself was pretty intense and the mental slow-down required to put everything together properly took a bit to complete. We hope you enjoyed reading about the brews picked up on the way. Check back later for some more brews that our resident Portaholic has left out of this listing, as well as those that were shipped ahead for a later feature!
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