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ABOUT IRWIN

HELLO AND WELCOME!

I was born to travel. Almost literally! According to my parents, the first two words I ever spoke were "bus" and "airplane." This was mostly due to the fact that our street was on a Cleveland Transit Bus Line, and was 3 miles east of the end of one of the runways at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. So I saw a lot of buses and airplanes as a toddler.

By the time I was 4 years old, I was enjoying the view from inside the airplane, looking at the houses, cars and buildings get smaller and smaller as my parents whisked my brother and I to England, the first of 6 trips made during my formative years, to visit my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins from my Dad's side of the family. I loved everything about these trips, including the traveling.  After my Dad swore off New York City airports as transfer points from Cleveland to London, we starting flying Air Canada through Toronto, an option I still use today. (In fact, I ended up taking French lessons in high school because I wanted to be able to understand the flight attendant's instructions in both English and French aboard those flights from Toronto to London!)

The last of these trips took place in 1984, the year I graduated high school. Having just turned 18, and old enough to have a beer (!), I was allowed to accompany my Dad and my Uncle to the neighborhood pubs for the first time, learning the fine art of "the pint." Best Bitters, Dark Milds, and Pale Ales entered my vocabulary (and my belly!) as I learned the difference between the cellar temperature, cask-fermented session beers my Dad and Uncle enjoyed, to the mass produced, cold and flavor-challenged lagers I had tried at home. 

For the last 26 years I have been in the trucking industry, the "industrial side" of the travel business; or, as I sometimes call it, the "unhappy side" of travel.  In the midst of this career, very happily married, raising a child to be equally as passionate about travel as my wife and I have been, I was presented a unique opportunity. My Dad and I, with the blessing of our wives, took a 10 day "bucket list" trip back to England, just the two of us. Focusing on great craft beer, and the pubs in which they were served, we had an amazing time! On the flight home, I said to my Dad, "I bet people would pay to go on a trip like this!" and the idea for my future enterprise was born. 

The last 10 years have been spent researching, refining and learning the business of travel, and perfecting the niche of creating beer-themed travel and tours. With the support and encouragement of the Global Institute for Travel Entrepreneurs (GIFTE),  Craft Beer Journeys is now a reality, helping craft brewers, their fans, and beer enthusiasts everywhere, See the World Through Beer! 

My agency is completely dedicated and committed to serving you and creating individualized, unique itineraries based on your requirements so that you can take the time to reconnect and reignite with your partner.