Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Festivus, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas from Passports and Cocktails


It's the holiday season, don't worry I won't be singing, and that means time to reflect for a bit and look forward to a new year of adventure. My travels have been lite on the back end of 2014 as we are still a day job and travel when we can family, but we spent a solid chunk of the first 10 months of the year on the road in the US. Katherine also had amazing experiences across the pond and south of the border. With trips already planned between us to New Orleans, Tampa/Orlando, Nashville and beyond, 2015 is shaping up to be another year of great drinking travel adventures.

This year has also given us a great opportunity to connect with many brewers, vintners, and distillers. I think the great thing about these encounters was that we were able to find out what made these folks tick. Since we set out to make a site about true local beverage makers you can encounter when traveling, the stories told to us had a real sincere vibe behind them. We never heard about taking over the world. What we heard were how a beverage was a reflection of a community, or how ingredients came from the farm down the street or the stream under the brewery. We set out looking to accomplish this very goal when we put put our heads together at the start of the year and received and wrote stories to match that all year long.

It's been a hell of a year, but now it's time to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. If you find yourself in the beverage aisle this season, make sure you check out the selection from the local establishments. If you have a hole in your celebration calendar and need a place to tip back some beverages, check out the local tap room schedule and celebrate with the beverage industry elves who work to put smiles on good adults faces year round. And if you want to know where to stop in for a taste of local alcohol in 2015, keep yourself tuned in here because we aim to work hard to find more breweries, wineries, and distilleries that are on and off the map. Maybe we'll even get our own TV show.

Happy Holidays and safe travels to all. We can't wait to drink with you in 2015!



Steven Grams is a seeker of new knowledge. He lives for travel, for adventure, for a new story. He absorbs everything and never forgets where he has been, who he has met, what he has seen, and how he got there.