What I love about the beer community is the way we can all share our passion with each other over some great brews! I recently reached out to several friends of mine, some in the beer industry and some who are known for being avid beer lovers. Caitlin Johnson also known as her Instagram tag bigwrldsmallgrl is a great writer on local breweries and events in the Austin, Texas area specifically. She loves to travel and write on her website about her wonderful adventures (mostly beer-related of course)! I had the opportunity to talk briefly with her a bit to get some insight on what got her into publicizing her beerventures!
How long have you been posting beer related pictures and stories?
Nearly 3 and a half years now.
What got you into it?
My love of travel and telling stories. I've always loved to travel and write. As of a few years ago visiting the local breweries (and bars/distilleries/wineries) wherever I go has always been my favorite part, if not oftentimes my inspiration on 'where to go next'.
Favorite beer(s) and brewery?
Beer: I've always loved cream ales, and I think the best one is DOME FAUX'M which comes from Houston's 8th Wonder Brewery. It's crisp and easy-drinking, perfect for these 9-month-long Texas summers.
Brewery: Brewery-wise, I'm a sucker for my neighborhood brewery, Brewtorium in Austin. It feels like home! And it's just a 3-minute walk from my house, one of their incredible core beers is one of my favorite styles (Vienna Lager), and their food menu is off the chart!
Though, my favorite brewery to recommend is Austin's Southern Heights. They're rather new, and not so close to the central Austin area, but my goodness, they're brewing some incredible beers out there. The taproom is gorgeous and the staff are friendly and helpful. IPAs are so hot right now and they're knocking it out of the park with a menu full of them. So I love to recommend them, I feel safe knowing they'll impress any beer-drinking tourist traveling to Austin.
What is your “White Whale” beer(s)?
I'm not much of a white whale beer drinker! My favorite beers are the ones that I can pick up at my local beer store.
BUT, if I had to pick, I do love the Wiley Roots Brewing Company (Greely, CO) Slush Variants series. I'm pretty sure they're taproom only, and I've only had them once at a bottle share, but I was lucky enough to try about six of them at that share. I was so blown away. Would love to have easier access to those :)
What is your "day job"?
I work as a Content and Community Manager as my "9-5". I work in eCommerce Education and we have a global community of 10,000+ members! So I keep up with them, manage our blog and podcast, and run our social media and graphics departments. I work remotely though. So I have tons of freedom and opportunities to travel.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Besides visiting breweries/drinking craft beer and coming up with ideas for new content... In my spare time, I love to garden, run on trails with my dog, and keep up with my biggest guilty pleasure: celebrity gossip.
What would you like to let people know about yourself?
I don't think I'd ever make for a great brewer. I'm not patient. I tend to cut corners and rush the process to save time. Those aren't ideal qualities in a good brewer. :)
Caitlin was also one of those recommended by Uproxx in their article These ‘Beer Influencers’ Are Actually Worth Following On Instagram which got a lot of attention with the BrewBound debacle. I was able to touch on this subject a little in my personal article Gender in the Brewing Industry and Beer-based Social Media, but for her response she did go onto social media and voice her opinion (below). Kick butt women are the reason the beer industry exists in the first place, so let’s all support each other and drink a few brews together!
There are tons of other questions I wasn’t able to ask her but you can always find out more about Caitlin in her website post 29 Non-Beer Related Things to Know About Me as well as the variety of articles on traveling, beer and the diverse Austin scenery!
Until next time, Cheers!