The more I drank good beer, the more I liked it and the more I wanted to try. I often found myself gazing at the craft beer selections in my local Bev Mo or Whole Foods, trying to decide what I should try next! I experimented a lot. There were so many choices and I was completely overwhelmed by all the styles. But the more I tried, the more I liked and in fact, it was rare I tried one that I found one I disliked. I had the good fortune of becoming friends with a local brewer that was a walking encyclopedia on beer styles and craft beer culture. With John’s guidance, I further explored the many styles of craft brewed beer. I listened to him talk about the brewing process and this helped me understand more about the complexities of the beer. I found myself planning meals around the beer selection for the evening. There was no doubt I was completely hooked on craft beer!
I traveled to the Czech Republic with the sole purpose of sampling and learning about Czech Beer. While in Prague I became friends with an amazing international beer judge that has also inspired my desire for more knowledge. Honza Kočka (@czbeer on Twitter) owns a small craft brewery about two hours outside of Prague. Honza knows and loves Czech beer but his knowledge encompasses styles from all over the world. I became inspired by his passion and knowledge. He became my beer muse.
So my beer journey has been an interesting one thus far. I make no claims of being an expert. I know what I like and I enjoy exploring the seemingly endless of options available to me. While I still enjoy a glass of wine, craft beer has definitely found it’s way to the top my list of “Things that don’t suck” – my label for the things in my life that I truly love and appreciate. It was really a slow and subtle transition, culminating with the ultimate realization that I love craft beer!
Stay tuned if you are interested in reading about some of my craft beer adventures. As my confidence increase, I will dabble with beer reviews and sharing information about my beer tasting adventures.