I was sitting here trying to think of something to write for my blog tonight.  I had nothing.  Everything that I am doing, I have already talked about, so I don’t want to repeat myself.  I looked around the room and saw my beer sitting there.  I decided that is a topic I haven’t written about yet!  As a little background, I am a big beer drinker.  Not an alcoholic or anything, beer is just my go to drink.  I do enjoy some hard liquors, especially a good whiskey on occasion, but beer is first choice.  I really want to be a wine drinker, more or less because some situations seem to call for wine versus beer, but I can’t bring myself to get into it.

As I had mentioned in a previous post, I worked thirteen summers doing special events for Budweiser.  Needless to say, I was around a lot of different beer. During that time, I basically would take whatever was free, so I drank a lot of Bud Light and Stella.  We had opportunities to try many different beers throughout those years, but I was always okay with just drinking the basics.  Then I was introduced to craft beers. That changed my whole perspective on beer. Those “other beers” as I now call them just don’t do it for me anymore.  I can still drink them on occasion, but I rarely will buy them anymore.

I actually couldn’t stand IPAs when I first was introduced to them.  Then again I didn’t like Sublime or Jimmy Johns at first either, but then I realized how great both of those were.  That is how my relationship with craft beer went as well.  Nowadays I love hoppy beers.  I love a citrus twist to it as well.  It has been pretty cool to see the craft beer selection explode over the last couple of years.  I used to be in and out of a liquor store in about five seconds.  Now I find myself sitting in front of the craft beer section, carefully grazing over anything new that I haven’t tried before.  I now spend a minimum of ten minutes trying to pick out something to drink.  Typically I still just get the same few kinds over and over again because that is just how I am.  However, every couple times I will try some new kinds, just to see what else is out there.  I have a couple of coworkers that have also given me some great suggestions, actually have even brought me some.  Thanks Lori if you are reading this.

I really love this craft beer movement because it has so many unbelievable varieties.  I love coming home after a tough day and cracking open a couple to end my night.  My college drinking days are over, so now it is for the pure enjoyment of a quality beer, not the quantity anymore.  Craft beers are really expensive, which is the only draw back, but it is worth every penny.



  1. beckymusician · March 31, 2016

    I’m totally with you on the craft beers! I love trying new ones and though I really know nothing about beer, I’m starting to figure out what I like. I like Belgian farmhouse (Sophie) and I like amber beers, and some others. If you ever get up in the Libertyville area, try out Firkin — LOTS of craft beers and very friendly bartenders who are happy to give you a taste before you invest in a glass.

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    • mcteaguem · March 31, 2016

      Becky I wish I knew you before these blogs. I worked for a Budweiser distributor that delivered Sophie. I could’ve hooked you up. Thanks for all of your amazing responses over the last month!! You’ve been great!


  2. Rachel6325 · April 1, 2016

    Fun to know that you are “growing up”. I still picture you drinking a Stella at poetry readings .Now that Melissa lives in Milwaukee, I have been to quite a few beer tours. .Not sure I am ever going to get into IPAa. It has been fun reading your thoughts. Good job!


    • mcteaguem · April 1, 2016

      I just pretend that I am growing up! I thought the same thing about IPAs when I first tried them. I started with Magic Hat, and it was game on from there. Keep trying some until you like one!


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