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Happy Nike New Year!

I love New Years. There are a lot of reasons for all this adoration. You’re surrounded with family and friends, you’re taking a breather from work, and your main focus is a having a blast.

A few days after each new year, I go through photos from the year before. I love reliving and remembering each place I visited, all the folks I spent time with, and the crazy things I got to do.

I think we can all agree that poor old 2016 didn’t have the best of reputations. It was a stressful and dizzying year. But I don’t want to let the past go out with a fizzle. I’ll count each new country I visited, city I explored, beer I tasted, concert I danced awkwardly during, and feast I gobbled up as a positive.

My travels included 35 cities:

Honolulu, Maui, Nags Head, Chapel Hill, Calgary, Alberta BC, Banff National Park, Oakland, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Park City, Detroit, South Bend, Dallas, Good ol’ Longview, Rehoboth, New Orleans, Austin, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Cape May, Kansas City, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Cologne, Dortmund, Zurich, Füssen, Freiburg, Nuremberg, Munich, Dachau (okay–that one was a bummer–but heartbreakingly important to witness firsthand), Valencia, & Frankfurt

The 20 breweries I visited:

Maui Brewing (Maui, HI), Kohola Brewery (Maui, HI), Last Best Brewing and Distilling (Calgary, AB), Banff Ave Brewing (Banff, AB), Anchor Steam (San Francisco, CA), 21st Amendment (San Francisco, CA), Mikkeller (San Francisco, CA), Dogfish Head (Rehoboth, DE), Zilker Brewing Co (Austin, TX), Brouwerij ‘t IJ (Amsterdam), De Pelgrim Brewery (Rotterdam), Hitchhiker Brewing Company (Pittsburgh, PA), Kansas City Bier Company (Kansas City, MO), Threes Brewing (Brooklyn, NY), Dry Hop (Chicago, IL), Piece (Chicago, IL), Uncommon Ground (Chicago, IL), Moody Tongue (Chicago, IL), Dovetail (Chicago, IL), & Half Acre (Chicago, IL)

And all the live music:

Hamilton (not exactly a concert, but musically fun none-the-less), Radiohead, M83, Bastille, Two Door Cinema Club, St. Lucia (2x), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Silversun Pickups (2x), Haim, Bloc Party, LCD Soundsystem, Band of Horses, Foals (2x), Kaleo, Banks and Steelz (Paul Banks from Interpol and Riza from Wu Tang), Pearl Jam, Modest Mouse , Sugarpulp, Eagulls, Steely Dan, CHVRCHS, Big Grams (Big Boi and Phantogram), Miike Snow, Frightened Rabbit, Leon Bridges, Chris Stapleton, Father John Misty, Smashing Pumpkins, & Kurt Vile

2016, and my 29th year on earth, you weren’t so bad after all.

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Enjoy the recaps? Take a look at 2015, 2014, 2013, & 2012.


  1. clampigirl

    I like Kaleo too and hoped for them to come to Sweden too… but nope, they went to other European countries instead. Oh well. 🙂
    Your year sounds much more exciting than mine! So many places you’ve been to!

      • clampigirl

        I hope so too. Were they good on stage? I’m not a rock girl, but some songs are so good. ❤

        Anywhere special you think you’d like to go to? I’d like to go to the northern parts, even though I’m a Swede, I haven’t been there. I wanna see northern lights and reindeers, haha.

  2. Nice of you to include the Transamerica Tower in SF. Some of my premiums goes to maintaining the tower, lol. 🙂

    Important stuff – which of your listed breweries made the best beer? And, of the cities visited, which one you do not want to move to (Dachau is automatically out)?

    • oh really?! The tower is such an interesting iconic building.

      Of the breweries I visited, I think Mikkeller had some of the most interesting beer. But my favorite beer of all time is from Ayinger (everything but the celebrator, which is the easiest thing to get your hands on in the states). What’s your favorite brewery?

      Which city do I not want to move to? That’s tough. I do know what area I visited that I enjoyed the most though! Füssen was such an experience. So beautiful and so much to explore.

      Thanks for all the thoughtful questions!

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