When I travel I usually find beer there. It's something that I notice. There's pretty much beer wherever I go. Hmm. This month's host for The Session at The Roaming Pint asks why it's important to travel to where the beer is made. But beer is made everywhere. So, it is equally important to not travel to ensure one appreciates how the local stuff is brewed. Then, if we realize in this modern era that most beer is a variation on a standardized theme that does not usually speak directly to place - even if it may indirectly - then you realize traveling for beer is often a distraction from the local. Belgian styles in Maine? IPAs in Japan? And of course Pilsner of one sort or another is everywhere? Beer travel, especially in the global market of craft, is a distraction and even a denial of place. Like eating at the McDonald's wherever you are. Sure there are special beers but even then you can find even many of them are managed by Trappist Worldwide HQ.
In a world overnight courier packs arriving by jet the next day and ocean going tankers laden with gueuze, why go to the beer when the beer is coming to you? Travel for those fabulous little cookies that are made nowhere else if you must - but because beer is everywhere it is pretty much anywhere and nowhere, too.