Cruising the Hoppy Highway
RV Travelers Driven to Craft Beer
Naturally, there are some things about the nomadic lifestyle that prove difficult—distance from old friends, spotty Internet, the stress of repacking for travel days, worries about breaking down—but those who embrace the lifestyle find it a worthwhile tradeoff.
And being a wired-in technomad allows not only an opportunity to keep in contact with friends old and new via the Internet, but also permits the sharing of stories.
The Willmores blog about their professional and travel lives at thepixeldiaries.com (Karen) and digitalmastery.com (Ben). He also maintains an online photo portfolio at thebestofben.com.
The Boones’ musings on their voyage can be found at boonedocksllc.blogspot.com.
Though there are posts about brewery visits on those pages, Scarpello and Devine’s site at theroamingpint.com overflows with stories, pictures, reviews, tips and tricks for living the life of a full-time craft beer traveler. They occasionally feature interviews with other craft beer travelers—often those they have met on the road—in the “Meet the Beer Traveler” section and have a witty and creative FAQ page. (Disclaimer: The author has been featured on the site, and he has written about The Roaming Pint on his Road Trips for Beer site.)
Freedom is the key word for the full-time RVer, but factoring in craft beer adds another: people.
All of the full-timers interviewed for this story mention how much they enjoy socializing with other beer travelers and the people and personalities of craft beer and how those tasting-room conversations sometimes develop into long-term friendships.
“As the saying goes, good people drink good beer,” Scarpello says. “We’ve found that to be true all across the U.S.”
Gerard Walen writes about beer travel as editor of the online magazine Road Trips for Beer. He is founder and editor of BeerInFlorida.com, and his beer writings have been published in other online and print media.