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.