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2011 State Capitols and BeerVentures Tour

We all have a bucket list – places we want to visit, people we want to meet, things we want to do before we kick the bucket. Right? My dad has one item on his bucket list, and it has since become an item on my bucket list too.

In the Beginning

When I was about 9 years old (just a few short decades ago), my dad decided to take on the challenge of visiting and taking a picture of every US state capitol. He has to be the one to take the picture. No one else can take it for him. That’s the rule.

As of two years ago, he had just over 20 state capitols left. Unfortunately, he’s not getting any younger, so being the dutiful daughter, and since I’ve kinda been involved in this whole thing from the start, I volunteered to help him finish his quest.

Since I cannot vacation just on state capitols alone, we started incorporating visits to brewpubs and breweries that are local to the places we visit. During our 2009 (ME and NH) and 2010 (CA, NV, ID, OR, WA) trips we been to Allagash, Redhook, Beer Valley, the Pike Brewing Company, Deschutes, Rogue, and a host of other beer bars and breweries. I’m not sure my dad bargained for that part of the trip, but he certainly had a good time, and now he keeps good beer in the fridge. So I feel gratified that my selfish endeavors have resulted in a win-win for everyone.

The Adventure Begins

Three days ago, we embarked on our 2011 State Capitols and BeerVentures Tour through the midwest, about 2,700 miles total. At the beginning of this trip, we had eleven capitols left, and when its over, we’ll have knocked out six more. In fact, at this point in our trip, we’ve already visited Columbus, OH; Indianapolis, IN; Springfield, IL; and Des Moines, IA. So that gives an idea of how far we’ve already come. Not a lot of time for beerventures…yet. But that’s about to change as we head north into Wisconsin and Michigan. So stay tuned for some exciting beerventure posts, because as of today, we’ll be knocking some of our favorite breweries off the ole beer bucket list!

Cheers beers!

  1. May 23, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Sounds great. Can’t wait to read more. And that picture is too funny.

    • May 24, 2011 at 7:41 am

      Ha ha! Yes, I got a little help from my husband on the picture. A perfect representation for our trip!

  1. May 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm

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