The term Cryptobrewology was coined by your’s truly, Drew Vics, and good friend and fellow homebrewer Roger Kahn back in the 2004, and combines our love of craft beer with an interest in mysterious, elusive creatures of lore like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster.
The website was created soon after and began with one idea: seeking out and reviewing strange and interesting beers related to cryptozoology. Early on we even got a nice plug on Cryptmundo.com, a website hosted by famed Cryptozoologist, explorer and author Loren Coleman.
Things shifted to a homebrewing and how-to vibe for awhile, and spawned other kitchen hobbies like homemade cheeses, and cooking with beer, but more recently Cryptobrewology.com has become more of a travel blog with the creation of Road Trips & Brewpubs video series. With our little travel trailer in-tow — my wife Cindy and I seek out cool towns, breweries and pubs around the US and Canada. You can find the videos here at Cryptobrewology.com, or at the Cryptobrewology YouTube Channel.
Road Trips and Brew Pubs will persist as a beer-centric travel blog of sorts, however sporadically, as we continue to travel and seek out small scale craft breweries and brewpubs, interesting places, and sharing our travel stories with you.
I’d still like to entertain the idea of returning somehow to the original intention but time will tell. With the massive growth of the craft brewing industry and the inevitable link to a persistent cultural interest in mysteries and legends of strange creatures, there are enough beers and monsters out there to discover and write about. We’ll see where it goes. For some reason I can’t put down this website, and look forward to seeing it grow once again into something of value for travelers and beer lovers around the world.
Here’s The Original Story…
You may have heard tales of Bigfoot…
"It was about 8 feet tall, covered with hair. And it stank!"
"It left 20 inch footprints across my front lawn!"
"It ate my dog!"
We love big beers, but if they’re covered with hair and stink we won’t be drinking them!
Cryptobrewology (the First and Original) was born in 2004 (This is what we looked like back then) when two homebrewers were standing around a boiling brew pot talking about those mystery monsters and unknown creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, which happen to belong to a field of study known as Cryptozoology.
As the discussion drifted from Bigfoot the elusive hairy upright walking ape, to Bigfoot the somewhat less elusive Barley-Wine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, there was a moment of revelation. Frantically swallowing a gulp of his beer one of the brewers waved a finger and sputtered, “Cryptobrewology! Cryptobrewology! A website dedicated to the largest and most elusive beers in the world!”
His fellow brewer friend smiled and remarked, “That’s a cool idea,” then, after a swig of his beer, he turned and tossed a handful of hops into the brew pot and the idea simmered for awhile before finally resulting in this website.
Why connect beer and mysterious elusive monsters? Why not? Some beers are just as monstrous and mysterious as their folkloric counterparts; Heady Topper for instance. Though the science is better understood these days, the art of brewing has shared a connection with the mystical and mysterious for centuries. Breweries have been paying homage to the sacred and strange for decades. It’s part of the art.
And so Cryptobrewology.com was born. While we absolutely love legend and lore, creepy tales and mysterious monsters, we don’t focus on crytozoological related beers exclusively, but we do acknowledge and honor the sacred and mystical thread that runs through the craft-micro-brew beer culture.
So, follow our story as we explore interesting and sometimes strange places, and seek out some of the coolest micro-breweries, brew pubs, restaurants and bars across America and beyond…
Regards, and Happy Brewing!