Updated on January 29, 2014
January 28, 2014
One of the most unique brewery setups I have ever seen @meantimebrewing. #worldsbestbeertrip #wbbt #London #Greenwich
January 26, 2014
The #Bund in #shanghai #worldsbestbeertrip #wbbt
Updated on January 20, 2014
January 20, 2014
At The #Monk in #Freemantle drinking with @feralbrewing!
January 19, 2014
My last day in Sydney fell on a Sunday and I had the option to do whatever I wanted. I decided to check out Sydney’s world famous Taronga Zoo. I didn’t think my trip to Australia would be complete without seeing some kangaroos and koalas.
January 18, 2014
On my third day, Adrian from 4 Pines took me on a tour of Sydney with some craft beer stops along the way. Our tour included the Rocks Market, the central business district, Baxter Inn, The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, The Commons, Darling Harbor, Hyde Park and, of course, the Opera House. The Baxter Inn was one of the best whisky bars I have ever been to and I would recommend it to anyone visiting Sydney. It is modeled after an American speakeasy from the prohibition era, and is just as hard to find as it was to find a speakeasy back in the 20’s. The Lord Nelson is arguably the oldest pub in Australia, so it is definitely worth checking out.
After Adrian and I took the ferry back up the harbor to Manly, he invited me to have dinner with his family. Dinner included two of my favorite things I ate in Australia: kangaroo and rocket. To me, Kangaroo tastes very similar to venison and rocket is like a spicy leafy lettuce that is good with just about anything.
January 17, 2014
The next day, I got to check out 4 Pines Brewery where I met the brewers and tried to get some more hands-on experience brewing and kegging. They did two batches of a single hop golden ale using Calypso hops. We also filled about 130 kegs that day.
January 17, 2014
@zipzooapparel international! #sydney #australia #worldsbestbeertrip #wbbt
January 16, 2014
The flight to Sydney was only a few hours so I wasn’t jet lagged at all and was ready to take on whatever Sydney had to offer. I was picked up at the airport by Adrian from 4 Pines Brewery, who gave me an informative run down of the city as we drove to the hotel. My accommodations couldn’t have been better. I was across the street from Manly Wharf, a two minute walk to Manly Beach and only a few blocks from the 4 Pines venue. After checking out the beach and shops, I headed over to 4 Pines for dinner. Everyone at 4 Pines was really outgoing and made me feel very welcomed. I went through their entire line up of beers, which included a kolsch, pale ale, hefeweizen, E.S.B, a stout, cider and they had an IPA on the way that I got to sample early. After making my way through most of their lineup and eating one of their mega manly burgers, it was an early night for my first day in Sydney.
January 15, 2014
My last day in New Zealand was spent packing in as much excitement as I could. My first stop was Hobbiton, aka the film set for The Lord of the Rings movies. The tour started in the hobbit shire which looked exactly like it did in the movies. It was a perfect sunny day, which made for some really great shots of the hobbit houses. The tour was about two hours long and ended with a beer (supplied by Good George Brewery, of course) in the infamous Green Dragon Inn. That’s right, Good George is even the beer of choice in middle earth!
After stopping back at the hotel for a quick change and some badly needed aloe vera and sun block, Scott from Good George picked me up to head to Raglan beach for dinner. The drive was just under an hour, but I wouldn’t have minded if it took all day. Everywhere you looked could have been a postcard.
January 15, 2014
Made it to the beach with a @4pinesbeer before I even checked in to my hotel. #manlybeach #Sydney #Australia #wbbt #worldsbestbeertrip
Updated on January 15, 2014
January 14, 2014
On my second day at Good George, we finally got to start brewing some beer! This is when I really got to learn hands on about the brewing process. After we mashed the grain, the wort is transferred to the kettle, brought to a boil, and two Australian hop varietals are added, Enigma and Victoria’s Secret. After that the wort is cooled down, it is then transferred to the fermentation tank. Yeast is added to the wort and fermentation should be completed in about a week. After that, a further dose of hops is added to the fermentation tank before being chilled and ready to drink!
I made it in to Good George sometime around 9am and went straight to work trying to help out (without getting in the way too much). One of the other brewers named Scott showed me the ins and outs of an average day as a brewer. Scott and Nate where both really patient and knowledgable at explaining the brewing process to me throughout the day as we prepared for the new beer we would start the following day.
We finished up brewing around 6pm and had some venison pizza while comparing the new batch of their kiwi sour to the old batch. The verdict was that the new batch was an improvement. Oh, and did I also mention that they make the beer for Hobbiton?
January 12, 2014
I arrived in Auckland NZ Sunday around 7am their time and hopped on a transport to Hamilton about an hour and a half away. As tired as I was from Kentucky, I was still too excited to sleep. Once we got out of the city limits and into the country, I couldn’t help but think that it really does look like middle earth! Everywhere you look could be a postcard picture.
After checking in to my hotel in downtown Hamilton, I contacted Brian from Good George Brewery. He was currently preparing for a trip abroad the next morning, but came to pick me up right away. Our first stop was Good George Brewery and Dining Hall, of course. The brewery and dining hall are perfectly laid out in the high ceiling building that still has a cross on the roof from when it was a church. We had a quick lunch of lamb and squid before heading to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Words can’t really describe the experience, but here are some pictures to give you an idea.
After the caves, we were back at Good George for dinner where I met one of the brewers, Nate, that I would be brewing with. Brian had contacted me prior to my arrival and asked what type of beer and ingredients I would prefer. We decided to go with a hoppy wheat beer using some Australian Enigma hops.
After dinner and a few of their Drop Hop Ciders (yes, cider with loads of actual hops), I went straight back to the hotel to catch up on some much needed sleep. Throughout my first day there, I got to try just about every beer at Good George. The best way I can describe them is that they somehow make beers that craft beer snobs would truly appreciate and are still approachable for those new to craft beers.
January 11, 2014
#worldsbestbeertrip #beermoney #FiveCurrenciesOneSadLiver #wbbt // Instagram
Updated on January 8, 2014
And he’s off! The World’s Best Beer Trip winner and craft-beer loving world traveler, Jordan Flinchum of California, Kentucky, will set out on his journey today. Check out his itinerary here and be sure to follow Jordan on his beer trip of a lifetime at hashtags #WorldsBestBeerTrip, #WBBT and at:
- This blog! We will be posting periodic guests posts sent directly from Jordan along his journey.
- His WBBT Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/worldsbestbeerblog
- Jordan’s Twitter account at: @Jordan_Flinchum
- On Instagram at: @FLINCHUMJ1
Thanks to all of our fans who supported Jordan in his mission, and to all of the participating breweries, contestants and craft beer lovers from around the world, for making this a great competition! We can’t wait to see his trip unfold!