Feeling a Little Boxed In
Contrary to urban legends, boxed in is neither a hotel nor a mortuary. It is, however, how things have been in the beer ‘n’ burger world the past few months. At least, that’s my excuse for not posting a new entry since March, and I’m sticking to it.
Still, I was surrounded by boxes last weekend, so perhaps that’s the reason for the boxed-in feeling. Fortunately the movers came on Monday and took away all the boxes, and the couch, and chairs, and beds, and tables … you get the picture.
Yes, I’m hooking up the team to the covered wagon and moving the Beer-and-Burgers.com headquarters from one mountain range to another. Leaving the Appalachians and moving into the Rockies. Goodbye Virginia, hello Montana.
But this time I promise my travels will not interfere with my duties as the official taster of the Beer-and-Burgers.com conglomerate. In fact, here’s a taste of what I’ll be posting in the coming months:
- Day-by-day journal entires of the stops along our route from Harrisonburg to Bozeman, and the beers and burgers found within. Tonight — Lexington, Kentucky is about to be in the spotlight. We’ll see if it lives up to its college town rep.
- Reflections of my favorite beer and burger experiences during the two years that my IPA swilling friend and I resided in Virginia. There were plenty. I promise to trim down the list to a baker’s dozen. But you can bet the IPA Challenge at Capital Ale House in Harrisonburg, the Shocker burger at Jack Brown’s, and the first time I had the Barrel Aged Vanilla Porter from what is now known as Brothers Craft Brewing will be on the list.
- In-depth analysis of the beer scene in our new home. I’ll tackle Bozeman first, where there are four craft breweries already in place and a rumored two more on the way. Then I’ll take on the entire state of Montana using the Montana Brewery Passport. Some people call it “Beer Country.” I’ll attempt to verify that claim.
- The addition of a beer primer page that could act as a starting point should a craft beer novice stumble upon the blog, or a go-to page for the craft beer drinker looking to expand their range.
- An outside expert has been hired to field thousands of questions that are submitted daily to the Beer-and-Burgers.com website. This will be accomplished by adding a new page that will answer all the questions we get about beer (approximately 28.5 percent of total questions), the burger questions (19.3 percent), and the remaining 52.2 percent that are about mostly movies, music, and sex.
- The most important post, perhaps, and certainly the most ambitious will be my take on the recent lawsuits about trademark infringement being brought against craft breweries. I’m expecting this one to go viral. So be ready.
So there’s your taste of what’s to come. Meanwhile, I’ve got to get on the road. My IPA chugging traveling companion is staring at me, and I can’t tell if she’s ready to go or wants a beer. Probably both.
— Eric Van Steenburg
Which way do you want to go?
We all make decisions.
Some are crucial, like … what job to take … where to live … who to marry … what to name your first child (tip #1: NOT Adolf) … and so on.
Others do not seem nearly as important, such as … what shirt to wear … where to eat dinner … how to style your hair … etc.
I put what beers to drink and what burgers to eat in the first category. They are crucial decisions that have a significant impact on your life in both the short- and long-term. At least they do for me.
See, I’m a beer snob … and a burger snob. I just wish I had the bank account to support my level of snobbery. But if you want to learn about great beers, great burgers, and great places to find both … then you should enjoy my blog.
I’m a former professional journalist, so I can usually write a little (and without too many spelling errors). And I live in Harrisonburg, Virginia — recently dubbed the Best Beer Town in the Blue Ridge Mountains by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine, and a place that I swear has more burger restaurants per capita than any place I’ve ever lived (and I’m an Army brat, so that’s more than a few places).
However, my posts won’t be limited to beer and burgers in Harrisonburg. I travel often, and when I do, I drink beer and eat burgers. I’ll be supplying insights, recommendations, reviews, and occasional meanderings from all over. In other words, if there’s a place that has great beer, great burgers, or both, I’ll probably find my way there sooner or later.
So enjoy this blog. And as you do, feel free to pop open a good beer and chow down on a good burger. Because I will be. And besides, beer and burgers are two of the three major food groups.
— Eric Van Steenburg