As far as I can remember, I’ve always had a penchant for travel. From yearly visits to my parents’ native Mexico to regular crossings to Canada, my thirst for exploring new places and cultures began with those trips during my formative years.
Perhaps through the typical rites of passage known as college, I had a different thirst. My greed for any kind of alcohol was always rushed, so much so that I didn’t take the time to slow down or appreciate the intricacies that form a good glass of brew (mind you, I didn’t have good beer in those days).
Anyone who knows me will tell you I’ve always chosen a beer over a cocktail. After college, I moved to Washington, D.C. The Brickskeller became my classroom for Beer 101. A cavernous bar/restaurant with the most extensive list of national and international beers I had ever seen, it taught me that there literally was a world of beer for me to explore. During this time that my tastebuds started to develop slowly.
My interest in craft beer began in 2008 when I traveled to Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. I sampled new-to-me beers in eccentric locales (former pharmacy, bank, school and public toilet house). This inspiring and wacky trip triggered my interest in craft beer. As a result, The Hoppy Nomad was established in 2009.
Since then I’ve volunteered at more brewfests than I care to count, worked for different breweries in New York and Florida (and still do) and started writing professionally for a monthly newspaper in Syracuse. I can’t live without travel in my life, whether it’s a county or a country away. I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned about craft beer – history, brewing, brewery profiles and craft beer communities worldwide. In my travels I meet wonderful people, from the soft spoken brewer to the rambunctious reveler — as many of which I would like to share with you.
So here I am, a little older and wiser, with the same thirst for travel, writing, and all the experiences that beer brings to my life. It’s my hope that my stories will entertain and inspire the explorer in you. Cheers!