When it comes to packing the car I am a master. To me it is a challenge like a jigsaw puzzle… I love to try to get all the pieces put together in the most efficient way possible. As a result I can squeeze more bags into the small trunk of our Mazda 3 than anyone else I know and still manage to leave room to see out of the rear view mirror. This skill comes in handy, not just in terms of packing for vacation, it is also useful to visiting breweries.
Two weeks ago I undertook my annual pilgrimage up to see family in Vermont and Rhode Island. As you may know Vermont is particularly rich in great local beer, most of which cannot be found outside the state. Many times I have come back with bottles squeezed into every available nook and cranny of the car. Once I managed to pack in two cases of Heady Topper in addition to everything else.
Although I did not get to many breweries on this trip I still had more than 3 cases of beer to squeeze in amongst our bags. Below is a list of the beers I brought back:
Berkshire: Czeck Pilsner and Lost Sailor IPA
Foolproof: Backdraft IPA, Raincloud Robust Porter
Grassroots: Arctic Saison (Hill Farmstead and Anchorage), Arctic Soiree (Hill Farmstead and Anchorage), Black Nitro (Hill Farmstead and Amager)
Longtrail: Imperial Pumpkin
Switchback: Extra Pale Ale
Wachusset: Larry Imperial IPA
Mystic: Saison, Table Beer, Day of Doom
Woodstock: Double Pig’s Ear Double Down Brown Ale
Graysail: Flying Jenny EPA, Flagship
Newport: Storm IPA
If you’ve ever had any of them, let me know what you thought. So how much beer have you managed to squeeze in the car? Solo trips or with just a beer buddy don’t count. No, I want to know how many bottles and growlers have you packed among all the kid’s luggage coming back from your road trip? Let us know below.