The Craft Beer Convert
To begin this blog I should begin by introducing myself and why I have decided to start this adventure. First off, I am a 48 year old man who has recently (about 3 years) discovered the joy and vastness the craft beer industry offers. I like many of you have always enjoyed beer but for the vast majority of my life I was the sit at the bar or pub and pound the big name brand light beers and was more interested in quantity than quality. But that all changed when a few years ago my brother in law told me I needed to start expanding my pallet and try as he calls them “some real beers”. Well begrudgingly, I did and low and behold I discovered there was a new and exciting world of beer I never n
Knew existed. Now I don’t claim to be an authority on all the craft beer in the world and I’m not sure I will ever be but I have friends at my home brewery that are; by the way I recommend finding a local brewer to learn from, My home base is Tangled Roots Brewery in Ottawa Illinois; where I proudly boast the title of member number one!
So now if you’re like me you are thinking why should I follow your blog? What’s in it for me? Simply put I was once a main stream beer guy like many of you and am now a novice craft beer guy like some of others and I am working to be more of an expert like others of you. In this blog I will have something for all levels in a fun and informative style; as I have experiences, learn from the experts and monitor trends in the industry I will pass it on to you. As we move along we will all become more familiar with the types of craft beer, what goes into making them and of course recommendations on where to try them and the best way to sample. Now understand that all recommendations I make may not work for you and not all you make will be ones I like, but that is why there are so many types of craft beer and so many different breweries around the world. I hope that you will join me in my new adventure and can be a part of it as well. Look for my next blog when the true adventure begins and we begin to uncover this somewhat hidden world of craft beer. Until then may all your beer be fresh and ice cold!