Being named “World’s Best Beer” at the World Beer Awards in London, England for the 2nd time in the last 4 years, I thought it was time to do some world traveling of my own. Most of the time when someone accomplishes something Big, they usually go to the happiest place on Earth…for me, being a NW Pale Ale and all, I needed to chill, so I ventured to the land down under– Australia!
After 26 hours of travel around the world, my mates and I arrived in Cairns, Australia. Spending the day snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, I quickly became stunned by the feeling of swimming in a giant fish tank. I was surrounded by hundreds of different species of fish—some were attracted to my bright red label, while others purposefully kept their distance. I also had a pretty terrifying encounter with a sea-full of jellyfish—some the size of by bottle cap, and others the size of my six-pack carrier. My next excursion was on the safety of land, spending the day in the Daintree Rainforest…the oldest rain forest in the world. I enjoyed the afternoon with a tour guide named Piggy, who looked like Santa Clause, and seemed equally enthusiastic about the plants and wildlife of the Daintree, as Santa would be enthused by toys.
Eager to learn more, I traveled south to the majestic Kangaroo Island (off the coast of Adelaide). I spent the morning sampling the goods at the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery (not spirits, but shampoos & oils) and the afternoon at the Parndana Wildlife Park. I was up close and personal with not only Koalas, and giant birds called Cassowaries, but this is where I finally had my first Roo sighting! Eager to make friends, I approached these ginormous marsupials hoping to get as close as I could, as safely as I could…however, my eagerness led to one of the “misses” mistaking me as a bottle for her baby joey. I was close to being swooped up into her pouch-but luckily was picked up by human hands just in the nick of time. Again, luckily for me, there were no bottle openers present, so I was safe at last.
My final days in Australia were spent in and around the great city of Sydney, where I enjoyed walks in their great Hyde Park, ferry rides by the Opera House, an amazing city bike tour, and some incredible beach time. Although this trip to the Land Down Under was relaxing and a great get away, it was also a “work trip” to scout the area for places to reside. You can now find me, “Red Chair NWPA,” and “The Kids,” Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale, in Australia at your favorite watering holes and craft beer stores. To find out where, contact our distributor, Experience it – Premium Wines & Craft Beer. Cheers!