Month 6 Stats!

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We have been visiting breweries for 6 months straight now which puts us at the halfway point! We have been to a total of 274 breweries across 30 states which means that we should be able to easily visit at least 500 total breweries across all 48 contiguous US states by the end of the year…

Below you will find our total stats for the months of
January + February + March + April + May + June:

Unique brews responsibly tasted: 2,532 (+576 from last month)
Breweries visited: 274 total: 187 official & 87 bonus (+65)
States visited: 30 & DC (+4)Border Photos

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Month 5 Stats!

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[Us with friends back in Dallas!]

January + February + March + April + May:

Unique/ different brews responsibly tasted: 1,956 (+514 from last month)
Breweries visited: 209 total: 153 official & 56 bonus (+50)
States visited: 26 & DC (+7)

Starting mileage: 75,416
Ending mileage: 89,098
Total miles driven: 13,682(+4,059)
Highest price paid for gas: $3.69 (CT & PA)
Lowest price paid for gas: $3.23 (AR)

Nights stayed in a hotel: 9 (+1)
Nights slept in Van: 14 (+2)
Nights camped: 9 (+1)
* All other nights stayed on someone’s couch/ bed/ floor

National/ State parks visited: 12 (+2)
Rounds of disc golf played: 1 (+0)
Number of times we have gone back home to Dallas, TX: 1 (+1)
Times either of us have shaved or got a haircut: 2 haircuts each (+1); no shave
CD’s acquired: 5 (+1)
Times asked if brothers/ twins: 46 (+7)
Items left behind: 6 (2 shampoo + 2 soap left in bathrooms, 1 towel, 1 pair of socks flew out the window) (+0)
Money stolen by broken parking meters: 7 quarters, 1 nickel ($1.80) (+0)
Times there was a snow/ ice storm: 5 (Atlanta, GA; Greensboro, NC; DC; Milton, DE; Granby, CT) (+0)
Times pulled over then let go: 1 (+0)
Unfortunate mishaps with Homer the minivan: 3 (Mirror clipped in Lancaster, PA; driver-side spray painted in Pittsburgh, PA; Nail in tire in Dallas, TX) (+1)

Hits on website: 82,365 (+22,451)
Facebook Likes: 1,684 (+171)
Twitter followers: 1,272(+220)
Instagram followers: 561(+106)
Untapped friends: 249(+58)

Tentative Schedule

Hey everyone,

Here is our tentative schedule for May. If you live in one of these cities and want to meet up or have suggestions, just let us know through e-mail or in the comments below! Note that the dates are subject to change at any time but will be close to what you see below:

Wed, 5/14 – Tulsa, OK
Thu, 5/15 – Fayetteville, AR
Fri, 5/16 – Springfield, MO
Sat, 5/17 – Murphysboro, IL
Sun, 5/18 – Tue, 5/20 – St. Louis, MO
Wed, 5/21 – Columbia, MO
Thu, 5/22 – Kansas City, MO
Fri, 5/23- Sat 5/24 – Lawrence, KS
Sun, 5/25 – Topeka, KS
Mon, 5/26 – Manhattan, KS
Tue, 5/27 – Lincoln, NE
Wed, 5/28 – Fri, 5/30 – Omaha, NE
5/31 – 6/2 – Iowa

From there, we head east through each of the states from Iowa to Maine, cross into Canada* from Maine to get to Michigan, then follow the Canadian border on the American side west to get from Michigan to Washington. From Washington, we will start heading back towards Texas since we have to be back November, 2, and then we will finish out the last 2 months in the southwest!

* The Canadian breweries we visit will not count towards the 365; they will be bonus stops

You can view our map here

Month 4 Stats!

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January + February + March + April:

Unique/ different brews responsibly tasted1,442
Breweries visited – 159 (128 official; 31 bonus)
States visited – 19 + DC

Starting mileage – 75,416
Ending mileage – 85,039
Total miles driven – 9,623

Nights stayed in a hotel – 8
Nights slept in Van – 12
Nights camped – 8
(All other nights stayed on someone’s couch/ bed/ floor)
National/ State parks visited – 10
Rounds of disc golf played – 1

Times either of us have shaved or got a haircut – 1 haircut each
CD’s acquired – 4
Times asked if brothers/ twins – 39
Items left behind – 6 (2 shampoo + 2 soap left in bathrooms, 1 towel, 1 pair of socks flew out the window)
Money stolen by broken parking meters – 7 quarters, 1 nickel ($1.80)
Times there was a snow/ ice storm – 5 (Atlanta, GA; Greensboro, NC; DC; Milton, DE; Granby, CT)
Times pulled over then let go – 1
Unfortunate mishaps with Homer the minivan – 2 (Mirror clipped in Lancaster, PA; driver-side spray painted in Pittsburgh, PA)

Hits on website – 59,914
Facebook Likes – 1,513
Twitter followers – 1,052
Instagram followers – 455
Untapped friends – 191

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Michael’s Thoughts – Our 1,000th Beer and 100th Brewery!

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[Our 1,000th beer!]

Continued from Lancaster, PA and Stuff

For breakfast the next morning, we went to A Loaf of Bread Bakery and talked with Matt, one of the people we were hanging out with at Hunger N’ Thirst the night before. Next we drove out to Hershey, PA to make an official stop at Troegs Brewing Company, then made a failed attempt to visit the Hershey Factory – the last tour started 2 minutes before we arrived. We went back to the van and ate some chocolate in a hangry rage, then drove out to Pizza Boy Brewing Company (Al’s of Hamden) to meet with our Couch Surfing hosts for the night, Michael and Carrie, who maintain the website Curiata.com. We had a great time with them as they watched us punish ourselves by drinking a 40oz of Colt 45 to commemorate our 1,000th beer of the trip, then the next morning we ended up at Roxy’s Café to stuff our faces with a breakfast burrito. Although it was great (really, it was), I have to say I sure miss me some Texas breakfast tacos.

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Michael’s Thoughts – Lancaster, PA and Stuff

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[Me… passed out…]

Continued from My 30th Birthday in Philly

We spent the whole next day in the library getting caught up on writing and came up with a new format for our posts on the website, which we’ll be rolling out soon. We also posted the stats for our first 3 months, which ended up on Paste Magazine’s website. The next day, we made our way back to Dock Street for an official visit, but first we made a call into the Gavin and Zach Show – you can hear their interview with us around the halfway mark here. Once we were finished, we stayed with Lauren, a girl I went to church with years ago back in Dallas. After she had put her kids to bed, she got us some Water Ice from Rita’s as well as some Tasty Kakes to give us a little more of the Philly experience, and then we played Cards Against Humanity with her and her husband… man do I love that game (even though I was very much so last place with just two cards).

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Michael’s Thoughts – My 30th Birthday in Philly

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[Philly]

Last I wrote, we were heading to Mispillion River Brewing in Delaware where we ended up having a great time and then ate some awesome sandwiches over at Arena’s Sports Bar coupled with some local beer. It was still quite cold that night and we did not have any luck finding a place to stay, so we stayed the night at a Super 8. The next day I wasn’t feeling too well, but we still drove up to Stewart’s Brewing Co in Bear, DE, ate lunch which revived me, then headed over to Iron Hill Brewery’s original location in Newark, DE. We spent quite a bit of time there talking with their brewer as well as Dana, a new friend of ours. At the end of the night, we went to a WaWa where we had our minds blown with the best sandwiches we’ve ever had from a gas station. After that, we trekked across the border into New Jersey and slept in the van at a rest stop (I was told later we weren’t actually allowed to do that, but hey, we’re alive).

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