Traditional roadside attractions can be a snooze. On your next road trip, considering mapping your course through the state's breweries.
That's what Texans Stephen Oliver and Caitlin Johnson are doing this spring. The duo left from Austin on Friday, March 22, in hopes of hitting 52 Lone Star breweries in nine days.
Oliver, an architect and blogger who specializes in designing breweries, and Johnson, founder/owner of Big World, Small Girl blog, say they want to showcase the Texas beer scene in all its glory and have a couple of pints along the way.
"We feel this is a great chance to share with a bigger audience how incredible the Texas craft beer community and scene is," Oliver says. "We know there are dynamics in the Texas growth that are specific to each region and city, but there a lot of common bonds as well. We'd like to explore what those may be and expand the knowledge and awareness for all."
The road trip stopped off first in the Houston area over the weekend, where the duo visited Lone Pint Brewery, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., and Under the Radar Brewery, among others. Oliver and Johnson head to North Texas on March 26, with plans to hit up to eight breweries in a single day. The road trip ends on March 30 at the Big Texas Beer Festival at Fair Park in Dallas.
Oliver and Johnson invite local drinkers to follow their journey on social media and join them for a round wherever they are able. Their route is posted on their website, thebreweryroadtrip.com.
If this brewery road trip concept sounds familiar, that's because it's not new to North Texas. In 2013, Dallasites Brandon Wurtz and Michael Robertson, known as the Brews Travelers, did a yearlong, cross-country road trip to dozens of breweries. See the best ones they discovered here.