Hello, my name is Gregg. I am a Connecticut native, but have now lived in Washington D.C. for close to 25 years. My day job is in communication field, but my weekends & vacation days are spent exploring new places and looking for great beer & breweries!
I just wrapped up two months in Asia with majority of it being in SE Asia. I was with a large group in Thailand, so I wasn’t able to explore the Craft Brew Scene there, so I don’t think it’s fair for me to make any comments about Thailand’s craft beer scene. But in Cambodia & Vietnam my take is the most of the locals aren’t into craft beer. They love to drink (especially in Vietnam) but I believe the cost is a big factor for locals on sticking to their local beers. One non craft beer in Hue, Vietnam was as low as 23 cents a bottle, while a bottle of an Vietnam made IPA in Hanoi was around $4 (US dollars). In Cambodia, especially Seim Reap, it was the folks from US, Canada, Australia, and England I saw in Craft Beer Bars. In Saigon. there are a growing number Breweries and they’re disturbing to the entire country. Hanoi craft brew scene seems to be getting larger, but it appears they are still playing second fiddle to Saigon. This just my quick take, please leave a comment if you have a different take? I will be posting some stories from some cool craft beer bars & breweries I visiting in the coming days and weeks. I will also tell you my experience in Japan, which was quite different than Vietnam & Cambodia.
If you been following the globalbrewhopper instagram account, you know I’ve been traveling in Asia since early January. Next week I’m headed to Greece for little R & R and plan to upload stories from the road. Please check back! Thanks!
Featured a couple years ago on CBS Sunday Morning, this Portland OR Pub is a great place to sample the Pacific Northwest beer and make a difference. In addition to rotating beers (some they make in house) they also have a rotating charities that a percent of the beer sales goes towards. So you get to choose which charity on the menu you are going to help! Very cool place and very cool concept!
Heading to the beach this summer? If you live in the Mid-Atlantic and find yourself near Ocean City, Maryland head to the boardwalk and Backshore Brewing. They serve there flights in a surfboard or skateboard? A very small but cool brewery.
Having lived in DC area fo over 20 years, I've been aware of Flying Dog Beer for a while. The brewery opened back in 1990, way before craft beer was cool! This past weekend, I drove up to their brewery in Frederick and I might have just visited the most friendliest brewery in USA. The guy checking my ID told me what was new on tap, starting a great experience there! If live or visit the Maryland area, Flying Dog should be a must visit!
Earlier this week I was able to delete Singlecut Brewery from my I Phone notes list of breweries I NEED to visit. I've been enjoying beers from Singlecut for a few years, but there newly renovated tap room was worth VIA ride from my Long Island City Hotel. They don't do flights, but they offer 5 oz two at a time. I had the 18-Watt IPA, Weird & Gilly, Tomorrow Who's Going to Fuss?, Eric More Cowbell Chocolate Milk Stout and Conform or Be Cast Out! If you are in NYC and get out of Manhattan (which I recommend) you must visit Singlecut Brewery! And while your drinking there great beers you will be entertained by their vinyl record collection (Emerson, Wake and Palmer was on turntable when I was there) and I'm told they also have live music! Can't wait to return!