Did you know that may 13th-19th is American Craft Beer Week?
Well, now you do.
We’ve got a couple events planned for the week in honor of this marvelous celebration of fizzy, alcoholic delights (and no, I’m not talking about Smirnoff Ice). As many of you remember, we did a slideshow at the brewery with Brad and Sheena from Drive Nacho Drive during Arizona Craft Beer Week and we’ve got another slideshow planned for this week as well.
Jay and Sharon, who have quickly become friends of the brewery, are living here in Flagstaff after concluding a year-long trip around the US and Canada. They were living out of their Toyota Rav4 during the trip and decided that as part of the trip they were going to try and volunteer in as many different locations as possible along the way. They wrote a blog about it as they were traveling called Service Driven, and ended up logging over 550 hours of volunteer time in 32 states and 3 provinces along the way.
They volunteered at some really amazing places and have some very inspiring stories to share from along the way. We’re going to be opening up the brewery on tuesday night from 5-9 to have them share their story. The slideshow is going to start around 7pm, so make sure you stop in earlier to grab a beer and a good seat. Here is a link to the facebook event: Jay and Sharon from ServiceDriven.org
In addition to tuesday’s event, we’re going to have a bit of a party on thursday night. As part of Craft Beer Week, there is a coast-to-coast toast going on at 8pm EST/5pm PST, which puts us squarely in the happy-hour timeframe for the toast here in Flagstaff.
We’re going to be running a special on our belgian-style logo glasses at the taproom that evening. If you buy the glass, we’ll fill it up with beer for free. We would love to see everyone in the place toasting to Craft Beer in a Wanderlust Glass. After the toast, we’re going to have some music with Blue-Eyed Tomorrow at the taprom as well.
We’ve also got a special batch of beer that should be finished up that evening and ready to go for the event, so it will definitely be a good evening to drop by.
In case you’re reading this post from afar, and won’t be able to make it into Flagstaff this week, there are celebrations going on all across the US for American Craft Beer Week. You can check out the calendar of events on craftbeer.com to find one near you.
The final event that I wanted to toss out for those of you in Arizona is the Overland Expo which is happening down at the Mormon Lake Lodge this coming weekend. It’s not part of American Craft Beer Week, but it’s a really fun event, and just happens to be a good excuse to go have a beer outside.
For those who are unaware of what overlanding is, here’s the definition from Wikipedia:
Overlanding is the self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically, but not exclusively, accommodated by mechanized off-road capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping; often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and spanning international boundaries.
The Overland Expo is a weekend-long event which brings people together who enjoy what basically amounts to car camping on a bit more grandiose scale. There are vendors, demos, seminars, and even a film festival going on down there, and for those of you who have the wanderlust, it’s a great event to get inspired.
They have vehicles there that are incredibly impressive, but most of us could never afford, but they also have some really interesting demos, like the correct way to right an overturned vehicle.
For all you off-roaders, they also have a four wheel drive course set up that you can take your vehicle around with some expert instruction to help you out along the way.
It’s going to be an exciting week coming up, hope to see you all out enjoying a beer!