EX-PATS-Savannah Buffett Gets a Taste of Island Life with St. John Brewers

Becoming an expat is about change, a change in lifestyle, a change in thinking. It’s about following a dream of living in a strange new place and becoming part of it. It’s a romantic notion, quit your job, sell your stuff and start a new life some place that makes you smile everyday when you rise. For a Castaways those places are usually surrounded by blue water and fringed with swaying palms. It’s all about doing what makes you happy, a motto that I live by everyday.

Two guys who followed that motto, Cheech Vyas and Kevin Chipman, made the jump to live on St. John. They not only made the dream of living on a stunning tropical island a reality, but they made another dream come true…starting a beer company. Cheech and Kevin are the owners of St. John Brewers and they tell their story of becoming island boys to Savannah Jane Buffett and the EX-PAT Show on the Reserve Channel.

Moving to St. John doesn’t really make you an expatriate though, the US in front of the VI means you’re still in Uncle Sam territory, but it’s still a great story and by a couple cool guys.

Here is the full 22 minute episode. Shot on St. John, the breathtaking scenery will mesmerize, the story from Cheech and Kevin will inspire–all of it will have you contemplating a full time life in the islands. I know it did me.

Ex-Pats – St. John Brewers

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St. John Brewers Expats

I love the part when they are sitting on the beach talking about the island community. How everyone helps everyone else out, and how that sense of community was a big reason why St. John Brewers has succeed. At the end Cheech hits on what makes the island so special–yes you have the beaches, the weather, and the relaxation, but it’s the people that make the island such a special place.

In my travels it’s not just St. John that has that unconditional friendliness, it’s all the islands of the Caribbean that possess that togetherness vibe. There’s just such a feeling of friendship and oneness when you get to know the true heart of the islands…the people.

I’m looking forward to the next episode of Ex-Pats from the Reserve Channel.

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Do you have dreams of making the move to the islands? Are you in preparations right now? Would love to hear your story.


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By | 2016-12-31T11:58:01+00:00 July 23rd, 2012|Islands, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands|8 Comments

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  1. Ryan E. July 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    The line that basically says…”if your not happy with what your doing, make a change, don’t be afraid of change just go for it” I think that says it all. I am determined to not be land locked for more than another year or 2…I will be able to smell the ocean breeze at my next house!

  2. dean wolf July 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Great story on a great program, I wish it success. I regret that I don’t get the Reserve Channel. Sooo how do I get some of that beer?? Kaukauna Dean, (wisconsin)

  3. Ryan E. July 23, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Yeah rumshop, do you know much about the reserve channel?

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    RumShopRyan July 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Ryan, no I don’t know a whole lot about the Reserve Channel. I know it’s only going to be on YouTube for right now. Another episode is suppose to come out in about a month. Where are you set your sights on for smelling those ocean breezes?

    Dean, I can occasionally find a few six packs in the Total Wine & More stores here in Southwest Florida. That will probably be your best shot.

  5. sjacob July 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Are you kidding me? I was watching that at the office today! You have to be careful with posts this powerful! I just about stood up and walked out!

    That post should have come with a WARNING the content in this post can be hazardous to you Career!

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    RumShopRyan July 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I like the Warning label idea! May steal that in the future! Posts like that are a little friendly kick in the pants inspiration. Follow those salty dreams!

  7. Ryan E. July 28, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Rumshop, I really like around the Clearwater, and Indian Rocks area. I’m keeping my options open, but definitely the Gulf side!

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