Good Afternoon fellow beer lovers and welcome to Dominion Brewing first traveling beer blog. I will take you along my journey to uncharted territory to spread the gospel of great beer to our friends in the Ohio and Michigan. By the end we will have marked our territory by filling empty shelves with great beer and flowing beer from taps across this great region.
To start my journey lets include everyone in what exactly is going on and there is no better way than to answer the 5 Ws.
Who: Me, but for those of you who are unfamiliar with me allow me introduce myself. My name is Ryan Aldridge, but around the brewery they know me as R3, and I am Maryland Market Manager for Dominion Brewing Company. I enjoy cooking, random adventures, the great outdoors, basketball and BEER. I was born and raised in Northern California and moved to Maryland after graduating college (Go Beach). My favorite beer is Oak Barrel Stout with a nice braised beef short rib. For my adventure I will be bringing a sidekick because no great adventure can be done alone. Zac, a Beer Bambi, has been known to hit the streets from time to time a sling a few cases of beer for Dominion. Together we are unstoppable tandem that plan to take over.
What: Our goal is to increase Dominion’s footprint through out this territory. We want to reach this goal by explaining what and why Dominion brand beers are on the forefront of the craft beer movement.
When: Over the next 9 days and 1000 miles
Where: Starting out from my cozy rowhouse in Baltimore, Maryland and driving to Columbus, Ohio for a few days, then traveling up to Cleveland. From there we will pack up and head to the Rave tradeshow outside of Detroit and spend a few days there before we embark for the trip home.
Why: TO HAVE FUN! And of course, show Michigan and Ohio how great our beers are!
Well, as assumed by most, we got ourselves lost. Whilst Ryan and myself were discussing the distance between Columbus and Cleveland, we noticed that we were heading North, not West. DAGGER! At least if would have been for two un-cool and un-smooth operators. However being explorers, we turned it into a quite site-seeing tour. Check off PNC Park, Home of the Pirates, and Heinz Field, home of the d Steelers. We turned a mistake, into a drive through of Pittsburgh.