My name is Brendan and this is my craft beer blog. I am a 30 year old “beer geek” living in southern Connecticut with my beautiful “wine geek” fiance. I have lived in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, New Jersey and Rhode Island. So yes, I have been around and you will see some of that reflected in this blog. I will focus on anything and everything that is craft beer. This includes festivals, tours/tastings, new and limited releases, and anything else I can get my hands on.
Just to give you an idea of how I came to be a “beer geek”, I would say that it started like all stories do, a long long time ago. Or maybe that’s just Star Wars. Anyway, I remember as a kid asking my dad to have a sip of his beer. You know, because if my dad was doing it, I should be doing it. So being an annoying child, he would let me have a sip. No matter how many times I asked and received that sip, I hated the taste and couldn’t understand how my parents could drink it. (It was usually always Natural Light but that’s another story.) Fast forward to high school, I was not a bad kid but had my run ins with alcohol like I am sure we all do. But my friends and I never got into beer. We wanted whatever did the trick the fastest, liquor. So we stuck with the Hard Lemonades and the vodka.
So in reality, I really did not start to drink beer on a regular basis until college. In college beer is the cheap drink that you can have a few, get a buzz, and not end up face down on someone’s couch. (Though I am sure some of my friends will disagree) But since I had a job on campus and made some decent money, I was able to buy the ‘champagne’ of cheap beer, Miller and Bud Light. Most of my friends drank Keystone Light, Natty Light and other beers along that line. Though unlike my friends, I spent the extra $8 or so and stepped up my beer game to Bud and Miller Light. Being in a fraternity, I had my fair share of cheap beer. I think we even bought out the local liquor store of Rolling Rock Green Light or whatever it was called. Talk about cheap! So now I was hooked, I was acquainted with the taste, if Miller and Bud Light even have taste, and beer was now my drink of choice.
After graduation, I was introduced to the world of craft beers through the new bars and grills that started to offer Sam Adams more often on their menus. Having family in MA, I was drawn to trying it. Sam Adams opened up a whole new world to me, the world of craft beer. I expanded on my beer choices from there and haven’t looked back since.
The world of craft beer is huge and is growing by leaps and bounds every day. I am excited to be a small part of it. The stereotypical idea of beer is that it is a boring, easy alcoholic drink to have when you can’t think of anything “cool” to order at the bar or make at home. I want this blog to educate people and show that there is so much more to beer and that other side of the beer coaster is craft beer.
I hope you enjoy the ride and if you are a brewer and would like your beer reviewed, please leave me a comment and i will be more than happy to get in contact with you.