Posted on May 5th, 2011
As I began to explore the tremendous world of craft beer a couple of years ago, one thing became abundantly clear: every beer is like a person, possessing individual personalities, stories, and characteristics. The basic components are the same, but the variables that are present give craft beer immense potential to create insanely interesting, complex and delicious beers. I mean really, what could be more exciting?
So when I set out in early February for a six-week trip visiting breweries across the US, my goal was to learn about these wonderful individual brews. Having decided that the craft beer industry is one I’d like to earn a living in, I knew I needed to get an education in beer/brewing any way I could. Between the brewing process, the creators, and the beers themselves, there was a great deal to explore. What I didn’t realize is that I would discover the incredible passion and drive that acts as the common thread binding the American craft beer industry together. Beyond this amazing enthusiasm, I found that every region sets itself apart with its own specialty, focus, and creativity that fueled the community’s excitement.
Six weeks, 22 breweries and some excellent beer bars later, I’m back in Boston and eager to take a look at the regional differences and national similarities in the American craft beer industry. The lovely folks at Beeriety have kindly given me a place to do that. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a summary and various musings of 3 different regions and the breweries therein: I’ll start on the East Coast, then hop over to the West Coast, and end with the great state of Colorado (a region in and of itself, no?), looking at the awesome beers and breweries that help define the region.
Bottom line: Trying upwards of 100 beers on my trip was no easy task, but someone had to do it. I’m happy to share that with you, and I hope you’ll join me. First stop: The East Coast.