When I took over AAB’s Beer Traveler column, themes and ideas were easy to think of. Ski resorts, rivers for rafting, beach cities. I admit, finding an idea and unifying theme with actual places that have decent beer cultures to match can get tricky. (Remember the dinosaurs one?) Fortuitously, I was inspired by a favorite hunt of mine: off-the-wall sandwiches found in one place only, or primarily, which is how I landed not just on regional sandwiches but pairing ones from Des Moines (IA), Indianapolis (IN), and Portland (ME), as well as other notable local beers with regional sandwiches.