In 2018, at the Beer Now Conference-a conference for beer bloggers and writers, an author named Kirk Richardson gave a talk about the book that he was publishing about traveling for beer. You can imagine my excitement about the topic as this is something I do every summer. After his talk, I went up to Kirk and introduced myself. We chatted a bit and I asked him if he would possibly send me a copy of the book for review. He obliged and a few months later, Craft Beer Country: In Search of the Best Breweries from the South Pacific to the Pacific Coast showed up at my doorstep.
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As a teacher, blogger, podcaster, and aspiring chef, it is hard to find time to read for leisure. However, when I cracked open this book, I found that I could not put it down. Kirk’s writer’s voice is that of an old friend. I have only ever met him once, but I felt that he was one of my drinking buddies as I read. Last summer, I traveled to Oregon for my annual beercation and penned a series of travel blogs called Namaste For A Beer: A Beercation to Beervana. It seemed almost like kismet that the book Richardson would send me would evoke such strong sensory memories about my recent trip.
The chapters are organized according to each brewery that Richardson visits. His articulate descriptions illustrate what he sees and does to the point that you feel you are there with him. His conversations with brewery owners and brewers make it evident that he well-respected and known by many of them.
Richardson has done his homework on where to go and this book acts as a curated list of his best-of-the-best. It covers a wide swath of the craft beer culture of the West Coast. For me, this book is an incredible resource for planning future beercation adventures.
Dan Beaubien has been involved with Beerploma since 2014 although his passion for craft beer dates back to 2006 when he started traveling for beer. Dan mostly covers craft beer events, festivals, brewery openings/releases, and beer reviews. Dan has a soft spot in his heart for authentic British Style ales, IPAs, and all things barrel-aged. If you have any questions or comments about this article feel free to email Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org .
What I like best about this Richardson’s book is that he always ends with a slice of his interview with whomever he talked with at the brewery. This personalizes and breathes extra life into an already vibrant craft beer story. If you are looking to explore craft beer on the Pacific Coast, this book is a must-read. Prost!