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Why can’t I drink dark beers all year?


Once upon a time in my enchanted beerlife, I didn’t drink dark beers. It wasn’t because they had actually done anything to me, it was just that they intimidated the hell out of me. Dark beers were like those kids in junior high that were already shaving. 

Them darky mcdark’ns seemed almost mythical. I had all of these preconceived notions about what dark beers were like, but I didn’t know what anything actually tasted like, besides, obvi, “dark”.

Building the case (taste) for ipa: Lil Hops vs Big Hops


I didn’t start truly appreciating the complexity of the IPA until I started homebrewing. 

Translation: I didn’t know what all went into an IPA until I made really, really undrinkable, terrible disgusting beer. 

Prior to reading The Complete Joy of Homebrewing from Chuck Papazian, I was certain I knew all there was to know about beer flavors. I mean I had sampled everything from Bud and Bud Light, Miller Lite and MGD, Coors and that Coors Banquet stubby buddy, to the rarer Ice-based beers like Bud Ice and Icehouse, and the canine brands like Red Dog, national brands like Falls City, regal royal brands like Olde English, the bull-centered brand Red Bull (the malt liquor not the energy drink)...

bougie vs budget - settling for swill: Fat Tire vs Keystone


After my pallet became acclimated to the quality of the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, I had a difficult time adjusting. Think about it.  It was rough financially navigating how to explore what little craft beer was available after my mouth's eyes had been opened, but then also realizing that at my young age I was going to be constantly battling quality versus quantity. This wasn’t real life stress rough, more of the pressure of weighted decision-making stuff like “do I buy one 22oz bottle of something weird or two 30 packs of Keystone Light?”. This was not a trivial matter. This was a pivotal moment in my life of craft beer consumption, people!