Hops
Hop Picking We’ve never been invited to a farm to go hop picking before, so we were super excited to get an invite from the Fir Farm.   The Fir Farm is a family owned Christmas Tree, Honey and Hop farm down in Colts Neck, NJ and their hop picking events make for a fun day! While manual labor doesn’t strike everyone as a good time, we can assure you if you’re a social creature it will be a blast learning about hops, plucking the cones off the bines and discussing a wide variety of random topics with your table neighbors. As a hop harvest at the Fir Farm is a social event, you will get to meet the owners, brewers and beertenders of the breweries that these hops go to, as well as drink some of their beers!  Bob and Mickey, the owners of the Fir Farm, have been growing […]

Hop Picking


Welcome 2
In true Beerventurer fashion, we’re far behind on our posts so we’re going to give a Top 5 Breweries of San Antonio – just like BuzzFeed would do.  Yeah, we’re totally phoning this one in, sorry guys. The City of San Antonio was founded by Spanish Missionaries in 1718 and was a tiny little outpost back in the day.  In 2021, San Antonio is now a sprawling and bustling city boasting over 1.5 million residents with various cultural and historic landmarks such as The Alamo and the (much) newer River Walk.  You’re probably asking yourself, how did we end up nearly an hour and a half south of Austin?  Well, San Antonio is home to 16 breweries so lets go over our Top 5 picks in no specific order. Back Unturned Brewing Co. Back Unturned Brewing Co. is a full service brewpub that boasts having the best pizza in San […]

Top 5 Breweries of San Antonio


Puppy 1
Pour My Beer Ok, now that we baited you in with a puppy let’s talk about pouring your own beer. Have you ever wished you could just self-serve your own beverages at your favorite crowded bar? Or maybe you just want to sample all the things, but “that beer is only served in a pint, sorry”.  Well friends you’re in luck.  The folks at Pour My Beer have you covered with their high efficiency, self-pouring beverage walls that can (and do) contain all the things. The Pour My Beer beverage walls are completely liquid agnostic and may contain wines, meads, cocktails and of course – BEER!  You can find these awesome tap walls at various locations such as Dave & Busters, Hilton Hotels, Stumpy’s Hatchet Houses, and even Whole Foods!  Another aspect we really like about these self-serving bars is that kegs are way more environmentally friendly than bottles and […]

DIY Bartending with Pour My Beer



Pound Town 1
Title puns are clearly click-bait and we’re ok with that here at Beerventurers.  So now that we have your slightly divided attention, let’s discuss the hill country breweries just west of Austin.  There are several options for beer out in hill country, and we hit many of the best, but we unfortunately did miss a few.  If you have enough time in Austin, you really need to plan a trip out into the hills.  Jester King Brewery Going to Austin, we weren’t familiar with many breweries but have heard great things about Jester King so we were excited to add this to our itinerary. Out in the hill country, about 30 minutes from downtown Austin, we attempted to visit twice on our trip and failed twice.  First attempt was our fault- always remember to double check times before showing up.  In this case Google and Facebook conflicted with their websites […]

The Hills have Beers


Melissa at Lazarus 2
A trip to the Zoo During the planning phase of our trips we always do our best to make our beerventures both fun and educational.  If you’ve known us for a while you will know our obsession with zoos and our trip to Texas obviously had to include a trip to the Austin Zoo.  The Austin Zoo isn’t like most regular tourist attraction zoos as this zoo is located a ways out from the city limits and is also a rescue zoo – maybe the first rescue zoo we’ve visited.  All the animals at this zoo have fun (and sometimes sad) back stories as to why they live in the Austin zoo proudly displayed on a placard in front of the exhibit.  One of our favorite stories from the zoo was the alligator who was brought to the zoo after the family realized an alligator was not a great pet […]

Austin, Animals & Alcohol


Flight at Pinthouse 4
Meanwhile Brewing We absolutely love breweries that have great outdoor spaces.  And as far as outdoor spaces go, Meanwhile Brewing of Austin has one of the best we’ve ever seen.  The large backyard has turf with picnic tables, and even more tables and chairs in a wood chip landscape with a children’s play place in the middle to keep the kids occupied while you sip on some delicious brews while listening to the live music on the stage.  The interior was great too, but in no way compared with the rest of the brewery. Meanwhile wasn’t back to serving flights yet, but the three beers we had at Meanwhile were really solid.  Lonely Mascot (lager), Blue Label (lager) and the Wallbreaker (barrel aged DIPA in Gin barrels).  Out of the three, our favorite was Wallbreaker; the gin barrel aged DIPA hit all the right notes of the gin family that […]

Watch out for Electric Jellyfish