Real Man Travels Presents: 150 of Our Favourite Canadian Things

Follow along as we list off our favourite 150 Canadian things over 150 days to celebrate Canada Day!

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Real Girl Travels: Real Girls Drink Beer - Toronto Festival of Beer

This past weekend Helen, selfie queen and part of the team at Real Girl Travels, took on the Toronto Festival of Beer in a way that only she can - with a selfie tour of epic proportion.

Helen in full blown "selfie" mode
Naturally I heard "beer" and tagged along. If you were following along with our social media accounts (@SamRealMan@hmac158) then you may have seen some of our thoughts about the variety of beers offered at the festival. If not, what are you still doing here? Get over to Real Girl Travels and check it out!

If you're not on the selfie band wagon, perhaps the snapshots of the real nectar of the gods will move you to attend next year's festival. Or perhaps you'd fancy a little something from the Real Man Travels archive? Scott attended last year and shared his experience without a single selfie! 

Real Girls Drink Beer: Toronto Festival of Beer

This past weekend I had the opportunity to check out the Toronto Festival of Beer. If you didn't experience it for yourself, well my friend, you missed out. From the moment Sam (@SamRealMan) and I arrived at Bandshell Park, I knew it would be a good day.

Sam and I taking an Uber ride to the festival
The day was perfect for a beer festival: 25 degrees, mix of sun and cloud with the promise of more sun on the way. Upon arrival we were given our official Toronto Festival of Beer steins as well as a fancy media bracelet that would grant us entrance into the media tent for some additional samples. We agreed that the bracelet was most likely on a test run for next year’s festival to eliminate the need for beer tokens, however, no official word was given. Now in the comfort of shaded seats our beer festival was ready to kick off with a nice crisp Brickworks Ciderhouse Batch 1904. This cider was nice and light with just the right amount of sweetness, delicious!

Enjoying our Brickwords Cider
As we ventured off from the media tent we found ourselves in need of tokens. For anyone who hasn’t been to a Beer Fest, all tastings are purchased with tokens - think carnival rides but with beer! While the going rate on tokens was reasonable ($1 = 1 token) the line up to purchase them was the only damper on the day. The tokens aren't just for tastings, but for the delicious food as well (Smoke's Poutine anyone?). This helps ensure no worries about wasted tokens.


With tokens in hand we set out in search of a new favourite. First stop was at Niagara College Teaching Brewery for their First Draft. Very tasty and the program looks interesting as well. From there we tried a brew from across the pond, Innis & Gunn, based out of Edinburgh, Scotland. They had their Original, Lager and Rum Finish available for sampling. The rum finish has a taste to back its name so if you don't enjoy a spiced rum, this one might not be for you.

 But first, let me take a selfie
So you might have caught on, I made it a selfie kind of day. For anyone who knows me, this comes as no surprise. I made it my mission of the day to take a selfie with every beverage I tried and with every server who served me. It made for a very interactive and fun afternoon. And let me tell you, I made a lot of new friends.



As we worked our way around the festival we stopped by the World of Beer tent that this year featured beers from the east coast (some of which were featured on Real Man Travels) and found a great beer by Brewery Ommegang based out of Cooperstown, NY. The beer is Game of Thrones (for real) Fire and Blood. As a limited edition beer, a sample was steep at three tokens, but it did not disappoint, my friends. Cue more selfies!

 Here’s another beer fest selfie with the ladies of Twisted Hard Ice Tea
Left Field Brewery and the Maris*pale ale
Barrie Ontario's own Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Canuck Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
Another beer fest selfie
Mill Street's 100th Meridian Amber Ale

Featuring fantastic performances by bands such as The Trews, Matthew Good and K-os, the festival was about more than just beer. Their use of social media (Twitter and Instagram and using the hashtag #BeerMe) made the entire event interactive. Taking their commitment to be environmentally friendly to the next level they forwent having your typical festival brochure, and instead delivered a great and easy to use smartphone app! You could browse the app to find your favourite breweries, save them as such to be alerted to any events that they were doing 15 minutes before they began. They even ran contests throughout the weekend, included a team t-shirt contest, and were constantly engaging festival goers through social media.
My new friends from Mill Street
Side Launch Brewing Company from Collingwood, Ontario
Smirnoff Rocket - sounds so wrong, tastes so right
Angry Orchard selfie
Wychwood Brewery has some interesting offerings
I enjoyed my entire day at The Toronto Festival of Beer. I learned a lot about great local breweries, and found a few new favourites from around the world too. I loved the social media interaction throughout the festival, whether it was the exhibitors or other festival goers. I definitely think #beerfestselfie was a success and a great way to meet other beer loving festival goers; and isn't that what festivals are all about? Enjoying the summer sun, a few good beverages, and meeting people with similar interests.

Here’s a list of a few of my favourites as taken from the Toronto Festival of Beer App:



Monday, 28 July 2014

Date Night in Paris - Night Rafting on the Grand River

Six friends ready for rafting, will they come back alive?  Read on to find out...
The sun was just starting to set as we watched a couple of fisherman try their luck near the bottom of the modest waterfall. I could still taste the delicious barbecue sauce from my tender rack of ribs I enjoyed at renowned Camp 31 rib house earlier. Our group had been anticipating date night for quite a while, finally we were standing on the banks of the Grand River in Paris, Ontario. Our guide, Nick from Grand River Rafting, approached us with a smile, he knew right away that he had a special group on his hands and sensed that the bond was strong.  He was right and we were starving for a romantic adventure.

My eyebrows, Alison and Nick having a great time together
Sam and Lianne doing a J-stroke
The gentle current took hold of the raft, and as we set out on our star gazers drift (one of 11 special offers from Hamilton, Halton, and Brant's Our True Nature) we found ourselves in many separate conversations and telling jokes. In no time Nick had become our seventh wheel. He would occasionally interrupt, politely of course, to educate us as on the constellations and planets visible in the clear night's sky (we were fortunate enough to see Venus and Mars), and to steer us to other focal points along the river banks.

This is the rear of Paris' downtown core and yes, those are riverside bars and patios!
Terrina and myself let everyone row while we took a photo together



The total raft ride takes about three hours to complete, depending on current, how much you row and how many stops you make. We made two stops to explore the true nature of the river bank. On the first stop, we drank from a natural spring that trickled down to the rivers edge, while on the second and final stop, we explored an old gypsum mine shaft that reminded me of a petite version of the bat cave.

Sam having a drink of the fresh spring water.

Ed and Sam in the hobbit sized bat cave
Ed and Terrina exiting the gypsum mine
By the time we finished our second adventure the sky had darkened and we could no longer see very far ahead of our modern, spacious raft, which made it all the more exciting. The stars weren't the only attraction of the evening as the firefly's put on a show of their own. A pleasant surprise that rivaled the sights, no bugs! Keeping our crew free from bugs while enjoying the warm summers eve definitely upped the romance factor.

When the night was finished we rowed the raft onto shore and awaited the van to pick us up and take us back to our cars. We were all smiles as we welcomed the warmth of the shuttle van (it cools off considerably in the last hour of the trek so be sure to bring a sweater), and while not a physically demanding trip, our weary heads yearned for rest .With our adventure complete we retired to the nearby Hampton Inn (when booking mention Grand River Rafting and get a discount) where the beds were as heavenly as the evenings company.

Friday, 25 July 2014

A Canadian Road Trip-Up – Part 1

How to survive when a long-distance budget road trip goes awry.   

A guest post by Mike Ciuffini.

As Canadians we possess an identity that is coiled throughout our country’s expanse and unique natural wonder. The oceans that bookend our immense country are reachable via a road that stretches over 8,000 km through all ten provinces: the Trans Canada Highway (TCH). Sounds like a challenge for men who, like me, love the open road.

I had such a narrow view of the country living in Southern Ontario until my mid-twenties. So I packed and moved out east. I now live in the province where my grandfather originated: Newfoundland & Labrador, in the city of St. John’s. The Atlantic Ocean runs through my blood, and last summer I was able to dip my feet for the first time off a rocky beach in Western Newfoundland.

After touching the Atlantic, a lingering desire was reawakened: to experience the Pacific Ocean off a Canadian coastline. But western Canada had always eluded me.

A work-related trip to Los Angeles put me the closest I’d ever physically been to the province of British Columbia, so I grabbed the opportunity by the wheel. The plan was to jump on a plane to Vancouver, meet a friend, get in a car and drive over 4,000 km to meet family in Ontario. I had a week set aside to get to Ontario as I had another plane to catch back to St. John’s. 

Leaving Los Angeles
Driving across the country can be daunting, time-consuming and expensive. Being a man on a pretty tight schedule and budget I needed to find ways to cut down on costs but still enjoy my travels along the way. 

The Ride

First, I had to find a ride. Car rentals and gas being expensive, I connected with hittheroad.ca. Their service connects people needing a vehicle moved from one city to another and drivers looking to make the same trip. Drivers are given a mileage allowance above and beyond the direct route distance and are paid to deliver the car. I looked at this pay as a way of offsetting the cost of gas, so I signed up. 

Their website details the simple process of how to apply to become a driver. It also lists available cars and routes. 

Hittheroad.ca found me a car that was purchased from a dealership in Vancouver and was to be delivered to the new owner in London, ON; a snazzy 2003 BMW 745i, no less! Driving the distance from Vancouver to London, especially in seven days, requires a comfortable ride. A BMW, I thought, would certainly fit the bill.


A Buddy

The best way to cut down on cost and ease the stress of driving many hours each day is to split each in half. A friend that can drive, has money and is fun to have around is a great addition. Plus, how else would you get awesome photos of yourself climbing rocks off the beaten trail in Banff?


My friend flew into Vancouver a day before I arrived. I grabbed the BMW from the dealership and met him in the city. We took a quick walk around and saw some water planes land off Coal Harbour pier, where the 2010 Olympic Caldron monument is located.


We met his friend (who we were staying with) at a pub downtown for a pint and watched the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers in game six to win the Stanley Cup. That evening we scoured the trails of Stanley Park until it was pitch black and made our way to the base of Lions Gate Bridge. 

It was over the edge of a bank off a park path that I washed my hands in the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, both of our phones (or cameras) died before leaving for our walk so there is no photographic evidence of this important experience. We walked back to the city and slept on a couch in our friends’ condo that night. Our drive would start the next day – over 700 km to Golden, BC.

Places To Crash

Another way to cut down on costs is to pre-arrange accommodations with any family or friends you may have living across the country. I have hosted many people in St. John’s and most are willing to return the favour. This can be a huge cost-saver and, more than likely, they will be keen on showing you around city hotspots. We planned to show our gratitude by buying them a couple drinks.

We weren’t lucky enough to stay with family and friends every night of our trip, so we turned to airbnb.com. We booked an entire trailer-home to ourselves in Golden, BC for our first night on the road. In smaller Canadian towns, cheap hotels don’t necessarily give you the same sense of living like a local. We wanted to be able to stop for the night in Golden in a secluded area surrounded by all the beauty the Rocky Mountains had to offer. 

A Fact. Things Can Go Wrong

We began our road trip out of Vancouver in our smooth and swanky BMW. We filled up and drove through Chilliwack, BC on cruise. About 200 km into our drive I felt the transmission act up and the accelerator suddenly stop working. I pulled over on the side of the highway and restarted the car. 

This happened two more times. I threw on the emergency lights and pulled over onto the side of the TCH. The dashboard display flashed a red “X” and the message: “Transmission fail-safe engaged.” I looked to my friend and said, “That can’t be good.” This time, the engine wouldn’t turnover.

We were stuck in a broken-down BMW just 300 km into our 4,500 km road trip. We stayed in the car as washes of mountain rain showered us. I called hittheroad.ca and left a detailed message of our situation. Unfortunately, there is no emergency number or hotline to call when these situations happen.  

Left to our own devices, I decided to call the owner of the vehicle. The owner worked with me to find a mechanic that could look at and service the car. Being a Saturday afternoon, we knew that time was not on our side. We spoke with a mechanic in Kamloops, but they couldn’t make any promises. There just wasn’t a lot of time to properly diagnose the issue before closing. 

I was lucky to have a CAA membership. It took them an hour to get to us but at least the tow was covered. When the tow truck finally came, we had to read through the owner’s manual to find a way to manually release the car’s parking brake and get it into neutral – another hour-long process. Being outside for most of this, I was now soaked. 


We got the car to the Kamloops mechanic before closing but we would have to wait until Monday for them to run a proper diagnostic. However, they did rent us a zippy Honda Fit to get around the town.

When Reality Hits

Our tight schedule was now compromised, as were all the plans we had made, and we still hadn’t heard back from hittheroad.ca. With nothing listed on their website we had no idea what their policy was in these situations. Tired and hungry, we went to grab something to eat and a much-deserved pint of beer. 

After a couple hours, I finally got a call back from hittheroad.ca. Turns out, in the last five years, only two other cars have ever mechanically broken down on their drivers. Unfortunately, we had the third. 

After further discussions we had two unfavourable options: 1. wait for the BMW to be checked Monday morning and hope it could be made road-worthy that day, or, 2. abandon the car in Kamloops and have them try and find us another car to drive. Option 2 could keep us on schedule and erased any worries about driving the BMW further. That said, there were no guarantees that another car would turn up in time.

We were stuck in Kamloops for the night. Not a bad place to be, but not in our plans. We booked a hotel through priceline.com and made the most of it. We went into the local bars, listened to local bands and had some more drinks – probably a couple more than we really needed. My friend made his way back to the hotel. 

I hit my third wind and was now starving. I capped the night off by walking into the Denny’s next to our hotel. A novice overnight cook staff took their time and I had to wait over a half-hour for a simple order of eggs and toast. When it came time to pay, the waitress leaned in and said, “Sorry about the wait, hun. I’ll only charge you for the coffee.” The $2 meal was the best thing to happen to me all day.


Watch RealManTravels.com this week for Part 2 of Mike’s cross-country misadventure. 



Mike is a “mainlander” residing out in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. When he’s not out discovering the island’s terrain and port towns in his Subaru, he’s producing TV and award-winning films: the kind that play in Cannes, France.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Toronto Indy Sure Knew How to Rev Our Engines!

A Real Girl Travels guest post by Sarah Evans and Cody Hannath

The Honda Indy Toronto promised that this year’s event would be nothing short of exhilarating, and exhilarating it was! The afternoon was a whirlwind of activities, starting with a behind-the-scenes look at the race cars and lots of food and beer. Sadly, the event ended prematurely due to weather, leaving us wanting just a little more.

Honda trucks lining the entrance
These trucks lined the entrance to the Indy with all the names of the racers
Our adventure began the minute we stepped off the bus that brought us right to the Direct Energy Centre. We immediately headed to the IndyCar paddock, the route to which provided us a sneak peek at the Acura Sports Car and Support Series Paddock. We found this particularly interesting as these were all high-end cars using the track as a testing facility. After sweet talking a lovely older gentleman into letting us touch an Aston Martin, we made our way into the IndyCar paddock.

Mechanic tuning an Aston Martin
We convinced him to let us touch the car for a dollar. We touched it and he didn't take our dollar!
The IndyCar paddock was what got our engines revved. We grabbed some beers and proceeded to check out some fast cars and the muscle behind them. The cars that the pit crews were working on were the actual ones that would be hitting the racetrack in less than an hour. We picked the perfect time to visit as we caught the frantic final preparations before the race. Between the racers decked out in full gear and the crew members screaming into their headsets, it was truly exhilarating. You could feel the electricity in the air, and it was impossible not to get swept up in the pure adrenaline rush that coursed through the grounds. We got to watch the last minute diagnostics and tune-ups on the cars, and witnessed firsthand the sense of urgency that precedes the beginning of a race.


Pit crew working on a car
We were able to get close to a few crews working on the cars

Not able to get close to the pit crew
And not so close to others
All this action made for some hungry girls. Food was not hard to find, as what had been dubbed "tastefest" by the Indy organizers was stationed right past the paddock. Tastefest featured numerous food trucks and stands, all set up around a wide area filled with picnic tables. To make things even better, tiny beer carts
were set up all around, coupled with two larger beer tents.


The seating area for Tastefest
Lots of seating in "Tastefest" at the Toronto Indy.
At this point the rain, which was just dripping before, turned into a full-on downpour. This turn of events clearly called for some fresh beers. We first sampled the Muskoka Brewery Craft Lager - pretty tasty. For our second round we bypassed the Mad Tom and Cream Ale, only because we had tried them before, and went straight to their Detour and Dark Ale. We then switched over to Amsterdam Brewery. Already being familiar with their Amsterdam Blonde, Boneshaker IPA and Big Wheel Amber, and after trying their 416 Local Lager, we went for the girly beer: a raspberry wheat ale brewed out of Kawartha Lakes Brewery. It was delicious, the perfect summertime beer with just the right amount of raspberry tartness. It immediately became our go-to.


A rainy selfie of us drinking beer.
Making the best of a rainy day by enjoying some tasty beers!
Any seasoned beer drinker knows that with the perfect beer comes the perfect food pairing. With over ten food trucks to pick from, the choices seemed endless. We settled on SWAT, sandwiches with a twist. Nothing like some pulled meat to fuel a girl’s fire. Between our pulled wiener, pulled pork and authentic Montreal poutine, we were stuffed. After grabbing another beer to wash it all down, we made our way to the grandstands ready to take in some men with a serious need for speed.

The menu for S.W.A.T.
So many options for a hungry girl
After finding our seats (and wiping them down with stolen paper towels), we were ready to let the Indy race spark our engines. We waited, and waited, and waited. The race that was scheduled to start at 3:55 p.m. was yellow flagged, with even the pace car not being able to handle the curves ahead of it. Due to visibility, the race was red flagged.



The view of the track from our seats
The view of the track from our seats in the pit area

With the distant promise of a green flag flying over our heads, we slowly got more and more wet until the race was finally called off.  An inherent sense of disappointment was apparent among the crowd, but the weather conditions could not be debated.

We left the Indy wanting more, but still feeling relatively satisfied. We were teased with what an actual race could have offered, but it gave us a taste of what we would have seen. Watching the cars speed around the track on a yellow flag was excitement itself, and listening to their engines roar was sensory overload. While we got to see only the tip of what the Toronto Indy had to offer, we will definitely be back for more next year!


Some Toronto Indy Highlights:
  • Clean, indoor, line-up free washroom facilities

  • Helpful, enthusiastic volunteer staff

  • Great food trucks and beer vendors

  • Rain ponchos and umbrellas available for easy purchase

  • Misting stations (had it stayed hot and humid)

  • Huge indoor space capable of housing most of the crowd once it started raining, but also offering a view of the track

  • A lot of directional signage to easily find your way around

  • Civic through the years exhibit, showcasing how much the Honda Civic has evolved

Honda Civics through the years
A portion of the Honda Civic through history exhibit
A special thanks goes out to Honda Indy Toronto and Honda Canada for inviting their rained-out Saturday fans to come back for more fun on Sunday, by honouring their Saturday tickets. That’s some Canuck love right there!And while Sam Williams was lucky enough to meet James Hinchcliffe at Honda's Tame the Track, we were happy to settle for this sexy cardboard cutout!

Us gals in front of a James Hinchcliffe cardboard cutout
It's not the actual James Hinchcliffe, but this cardboard cutout will do!
Were you at the Honda Indy Toronto this past weekend? If so, let us know what you thought about it below in the comments, or on Twitter or Facebook.

Real Girl Travels: The Toronto Indy Sure Knew How to Rev Our Engines!

A post by Ed Arsenault

While us men were out camping and competing for who would be the Man of the Year, Sarah Evans and Cody Hannath have completed a guest post over at Real Girl Travels after their day spent at the Toronto Honda Indy. A big thanks goes out to Honda Canada for supplying them with a pair of tickets and paddock passes.

Be sure to head over and read: The Toronto Indy Sure Knew How to Rev Our Engines!


Monday, 21 July 2014

Real Man Tested: Broadstone Pop-Up Tent

Real Man Tested: Broadstone Pop-Up Tent

Last year while planning for our annual Man of The Year trip to the top secret "Isle of Man," I found myself in the market for a tent. The first year I shared with fellow RMT contributors Ed (@EdRealManTravel) and Scott (@SFRealManTravel), but due to a snoring incident they gently suggested we each get our own accommodations.

My criteria was simple:
  • Two person
  • Easy to set-up/tear-down
  • Lightweight
  • Reasonable price
A casual flip through the weekly flyers found the Broadstone two-person pop-up tent on sale for 30% off at Canadian Tire. I only found a few reviews on the item, but was sold on the idea of a pop-up tent. I pulled the trigger and, with a little practice, was a pro at setting up and tearing down in less than a minute. The only thing left was for it to prove its worth on the "Isle of Man." Here's what we found:

What You get:
The Broadstone pop-up tent came with a carrying bag that doubles as a backpack, and standard ground pegs that fit in an inside pocket of the bag.

Canadian Tire Popup Tent
Broadstone pop-up tent with carry bag and tent pegs.
Look and Feel:
The hoops that form the overall support structure of the tent, and provide the pop-up feature, feel strong and sturdy. Very important as without them your pop-up tent becomes a misshapen tarp. The tent material,  EverDry polyester taffeta, feels like most other tents I've owned. The blue and yellow isn't a colour scheme you will find on the hottest fashion runway this year, but it's a tent, not a purse.

Ease of Use:
Setting this thing up is a breeze. Simply remove the safety strap and look out; the tent bursts into shape at a rate that will startle any unsuspecting onlooker. Then, just secure your tent with pegs and look for your cooler - because its Miller time. Tear down takes a little practice and the instructions provided become a little difficult to follow when it gets to the folding stage. I suggest watching the video below to fully understand what exactly you are expected to do. But breathe easy, it doesn't require an engineering degree.


Actual vs. Advertised:
This tent definitely pops-up, so that's an easy check mark. The tent's waterproof fabric, treated with a Rainguard™ system, got an early test as a downpour caught us as we made camp. The ability to set the tent up quickly made it the hero of the day as it saved the rest of our gear from getting soaked. That said, the heavy rain eventually got the better of the tent, which allowed a very small amount of water in. It is also on the smaller side for a two-person tent. More like a 1.5.


Value:
I picked this little beauty up for $69.99. The benefit of not having to fiddle around with poles or guy lines does help maximize vacation time. While some conventional dome tents come in at a lower price point, this pop-up tent is more cost-comparable to the new "easy up" segment. This tent is worth its sale price, but it is a little small.

Practicality:
This tent is great for recreational camping, backyard camp-outs with the kids, as a sun shelter at the beach, or anywhere a quick set-up shelter would be appreciated. While its usefulness as a back country camping tent might be limited by its packed size if you plan to portage, you can secure the carry bag to your pack for easy short-haul treks.

Overall Impressions and Final Score:
Over a year later I still smile when I set this tent up. The fact that it's easy to store with minimal pieces ices the cake. If there's one thing that leaves me wanting, it's the waterproof level. That said, I've never had a tent I trusted enough to not cover with a tarp for additional confidence. I purchased two small tarps, one as a ground sheet and one for additional cover, and have never looked back. I just pop, cast a line, and watch the other guys struggle to make camp.

VERDICT: Real Man Tested, Real Man Approved. 3.5/5

3.5 RMT beers out of five

Have a suggestion of a product you would like us to put through its paces? Let us know on Twitter @RealManTravels 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Taming the Track with James Hinchcliffe and Honda Canada

Honda Civic Si
A row of Honda Civic Si's await their time on the track
As mentioned last week, Real Man Travels and Honda Canada (@HondaCanada) have teamed up to hit the road this summer. We got our first taste of Honda action this week at Tame the Track, their preview for this weekend's Honda Indy Toronto. And by taste, I mean they dropped me in an open wheel car and let me take her for a spin!

Toyo TIre Formula F1600
Getting belted in before hitting the track
Arriving at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, I got my first glimpse of the Formula F race cars I would have the chance to pilot that day. Check our these little rockets on wheels: 

Honda powered go kart
Trying my hand at kart racing. Photo credit to champion kart racer Daniel Morad
All told, we got to experience driving a Honda-powered kart, Formula F1600 and Civic Si, all with impressive speed and handling. To top off the day, we were challenged to a one lap timed race in a stock Honda Civic Si by one of the best Indy car drivers on the planet: and Mayor of Hinchtown, James Hinchcliffe (@hinchtown). No easy feat for us mere mortals. While I was not up to the challenge, I did get a chance for a chat with James as he whipped around the track at speeds where conversation should be impossible. Here's a quick synopsis of our high-speed face time:

Indy Driver James Hinchcliffe
This is Hinchcliffe's selfie was on my camera when I returned from driving karts. Seems fair to publish it to the world
RMT: When you're away from the race track what do you enjoy doing?
Hinch: I love scuba diving.  I know it seems like a stretch from racing, but so much of my life is filled with being told what to do and where to be. When im diving,  no one tells me what to do.

RMT: Where's your favourite vacation spot? 
Hinch: I love Turks and Caicos. They have several beautiful dive locations.

RMT: We have a passion for beer at Real Man Travels, is there a craft beer out there you like?
Hinch: I actually have my own beer. It's brewed by Flat 12 Bierwerks back in Indy.
RMT: Really? That's awesome! What's it called?
Hinch: Pretty cool right? It's called Hinchtown Hammer Down. I'm Canadian, so naturally, I love beer.

James Hinchcliffe Honda Civic
James and I after a hot lap in the Civic Si
Amen to that! We will be cheering on James' #27 United Fiber Data, Andretti Autosports Honda as he takes on the field in the Honda Indy Toronto this weekend, July 19 and 20. Maybe then we can talk to him about a sample of Hinchtown Hammer Down.

Cheers,

Sam