If you’re a beer connoisseur, always taking a “sick day” to catch the newest IPA launch at a brewery three hours away, this may be the side hustle for you. When you become a Secret Hopper, you can actually get paid to visit local breweries and try their beers.
Secret Hopper is a (punny) twist on secret shopping: When you sign up, you’ll be assigned a brewery near you, and asked simply to pay them a visit, order a flight, and evaluate your experience. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an expert. You won’t be expected to write in detail about the beers themselves, but about the overall customer experience. Was the staff friendly? Were you offered a sampler? How engaging and conversational was the bartender? After your visit (and once the buzz wears off), you’ll be asked to fill out an extensive questionnaire about your experience.
It’s not about rating beer quality, but painting a complete and colorful picture of your brewery visit, Secret Hopper founder Andrew Hopper explained to The Penny Hoarder. “We are looking for people who want to do more than just get free beer. We are looking for people who can tell a true story about their experience.”
To become a Secret Hopper, simply go to their website and fill out their form. After you visit a brewery and sample their wares, you will submit your filled-out questionnaire and photo of your receipt, and receive payment via PayPal within a few days. It might not make you rich, but if you’re a brewery-hopper anyway, why not get paid for it?