Thursday, September 8, 2011

Interview Series : Meet the Geek : Stanley the RV Edition : Maria of The Roaming Pint

Name: Maria Scarpello

Hometown & Current Town: Born: Omaha, Nebraska - Claim Lawrence, Kansas as my home base - Current town is wherever our wheels are...

Favorite Beer: Anything from Free State Brewing Co. in Lawrence Kansas, 1554 by New Belgium, Full Sail Amber Ale, La Folie by New Belgium, Survival Stout from H.U.B. and yes I like a damn PBR once and a while. So shoot me.

Favorite Beer Haunt: Free State Brewing Co.

Tell us a little about what you do in the craft beer community! How do you make your way in this craft beer world? I travel around the U.S. with Brian, my other half, in our RV, named Stanley, touring breweries all across this great nation. We've started a website for other craft beer lovers that like to seek out great beer destinations when they travel.

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think? It was probably the Free State Golden Wheat and I probably thought it was served too warm. I'm not going to lie, it did take me a little while to turn around, but now that I have I'm not turning back. Free State Brewing Co. were the first ones to teach me that good beer shouldn't be served ice cold, that only masks the flavor.

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date:
I do not, but Brian did. He has been wondering lately if it would be possible to brew a small batch in the RV. We have VERY little space, so when I say small batch, I mean like a growler, maybe two. We will have to closely watch temperature control and are unsure if vibrations from driving on the road will affect it at all. If anyone has interest in this please contact us for suggestions! **

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks?
- Emily contacted me and the rest was history! TRP first visited PDX in Oct. 2010

What does being a beer geek mean to you? It means I care about the quality of beer in my glass and enjoy supporting such an incredible community of craft beer lovers.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be?
Beer laws that make it tough for homebrewers and microbreweries to be as successful as they can be.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene?
I love the laid back vibe I got from Portland, everything from the food trucks to the beer. Easily in the top 5 in the US!

Where can we find you on the web?
@TheRoamingPint on Twitter

RV Locator:
@WhereIsStanley on Twitter

(** those at #BBC11 will appreciate that the information for Brooklyn Brew Shop was passed along to Maria & Brian)