Four years later I was at a party and discovered Bud from a keg. Still didn't taste so great, but I was able to finish enough servings to have my speech and balance challenged. Fast forward through high school and college, and numerous keg parties drinking American and Canadian brand adjunct lagers. By now I was used to the taste. This is what beer tastes like, right?
Then one night a year after college, out with some friends at a tavern that boasted a giant selection of beers, a friend recommended that I try a Samuel Smith Taddy Porter.
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In the 20+ years since that night, I've sampled countless beers. I look for new brands and styles in stores near my home, and have sampled local beers when travelling domestically, as well as in Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Spain, France, and Belgium.
I read everything I can find on beer styles and brewing history, and am very tuned in to the American craft beer (r)evolution. I have been a regular contributor to Beer Advocate for over ten years, with over 1,000 beer reviews.
I have been an all-grain brewer for several years, and find myself addicted to this hobby like so many others get addicted to golf. I'm constantly on the hunt for new equipment and techniques to help me improve my game. I credit the Beer Advocate homebrewing forum and the Brewing Network podcasts for honing my brewing talent.
This blog is a way for me to express my thoughts on the world of beer, mainly for myself, but also for anyone else who cares to take a look. I'm not in the beer industry, I'm not getting paid, I'm not endorsing anyone or anything. Just my opinions. I hope they make you think, and maybe see things a little differently. You don't have to agree, but feel free to share your opinions. Beer can be a social lubricant in the cyber world too.