|I've never been a beer
gal. As much as I've longed to hold that sweaty brown bottle at a barbeque,
peel back the label
and make memories of "kind of special" nights with good friends, I just
couldn't swig down anything but a glass
But then came England where a pint at 10:00 am is as common as mayonnaise. So
I strapped on some courage, jumped into the culture and began a myriad of taste
tests on my quest for a brew I could stomach. To my amazement, I found that all
beers are not created equal! Just like wines, their taste has intricacies, subtleties
and plain old flavors that are different from each other.
Excited by my new discovery and infused with a sense of purpose, I returned
home only to find myself standing in front of the beer case, overwhelmed and
glazed over by my infinite choices. Mainstream to Microbrews, Craft Beers,
Seasonals, Eisbocks and Tripels! Wherever would I start? However would I learn?
Like most things, trial and error. Lucky for me (and now for you) the growing
underground culture of beer brewers and lovers in America and around the world
has come up for air to let us in on a few key secrets.