Even though I spent two weeks drinking and traipsing around several European countries (all to be divulged in later posts), it was the Netherlands that really spoke to me, craft beer-ily speaking. I promised myself that I wasn’t going to work (aka write) while I was on vacation, but of course when I came home I couldn’t help but pitch a few stories and share some of what I learned.
Biggest and most awesome was the big feature I got to write for Beer Advocate Magazine about Dutch craft beer. I made a lot of connections during my beer travels out there, all of which came in handy for writing a story about the growing beer scene in the Netherlands. I Skyped with Peter van der Arend, chased down a phone call with Menno from De Molen and talked to the only female administrative member of PINT, a Dutch craft-beer consumers organization.
Only shitty part was that I was moving into a new place during the main week I had to do interviews and so I didn’t have internet for most of them. I sat in my old apartment mooching the neighbor’s wifi for one, did another one on my cell phone (which does horrible with Skype) and did a third at the nearly-mom-in-laws house. Still, I got it all done and they even used a bunch of my travel photos for the layout! BA Mag still doesn’t have an online edition (though you can download it from Google Play), so you’ll have to download the PDF below to read it. It’s worth it!!!
I also used some interesting photos I took of bottles from The Bruery which I found on shelves in the Netherlands to make a blog post for the OC Weekly about the phenom. Can you tell I think it’s funny that Americans think Dutch people say things in a way that can be typed out?