Posts Tagged ‘Beer There and Everywhere’

Beer, There, and Everywhere #5: Bringing It Home

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Its been just about two months since I returned to Boston from my glorious beer adventures, and writing for Beeriety has given me a great space to process everything I experienced.  So in my final “Beer, There, and Everywhere” post, I wanted to share the things from my trip that have been most significant since coming back to the Boston beer community.

1.  A Community of Respect and Passion

It is obvious to most that the craft beer industry hosts a particularly incredible community of people, but I was so impressed with the level of respect and passion that brewers, beer drinkers, and everyone in between embodied.  Competition between breweries (if there is any) is completely friendly, and more often than not you hear of collaboration and sharing amongst brewers.  It is a group of people who genuinely love what they do, and want to share that with their peers, and support others in doing the same.  This is like nothing else I’ve seen, and it is a beautiful, albeit small, collection of people.

2. Keeping it Simple

On every brewery tour I attended, the first question from the guides was “what are the four ingredients required to make beer?”  And without fail, the answer is always water, malted barley, hops, and the ever-important yeast. It is a small and wonderful reminder of the simplicity of the drink that so many millions of people enjoy, and a testament to the talent of craft brewers across the US and the world.  An easily forgotten, but in my opinion crucial tenet that makes craft brewing so amazing.

3. Something for Everyone

In visiting so many different breweries, brewpubs, and beer bars, I saw an immense amount of diversity that was both incredible and occasionally overwhelming.  Whether bitter, malty, hoppy, spicy, citrus, light, clean, dark, heavy, creamy, roasted, grassy, high-alcohol or low, there is a little something for everyone, even those most skeptical of what beer has to offer.  Craft beer is a drink for all, it knows no bounds or limits, and this, culturally speaking, is nothing short of phenomenal.

In all likelihood, nothing I’ve listed above is new or surprising, but these were the things that I found to most impressive during my travels.  The history, the culture, the people, the opportunity, and the beer are what make me love the craft beer industry so immensely.  Experiencing this across the US in 8 states, 14 cities, and 22 different breweries only helped my love to grow exponentially.  So now I’ll move on to Denver, in hopes of becoming even more immersed in the world of brewing and craft beer.  I encourage everyone to become more involved in this wonderful community; start homebrewing, go to a craft beer event, visit a brewery, join a craft beer club, or simply fill your glass with a tasty beer that was created with great dedication and skill.

 

Beer, There, and Everywhere #3: The West Coast

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The second leg of my beer journey took me to the West Coast, visiting San Diego, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco area (Seattle and Portland had to be saved for a separate trip).  But as far as California is concerned, the craft beer culture is thriving and the level of innovation and experimentation is high.  It seems to be the trend in the West; in a culture of hop-heads and extremists, crazy big beers reign the tap lists.

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Beer, There, and Everywhere #2: The East Coast

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

As a Bostonian, I’ve grown accustomed to having a stellar craft beer selection and culture readily available.  So I was excited to see what the first leg of my trip, in which I visited New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, and Delaware, (spanning a decent portion of the Atlantic) would have in store.  All the breweries I visited are producing an interesting and well-executed selection of beers to their local communities and beyond.  What fascinated me the most was the realization that most breweries on this side of the country share a couple of common threads:

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Beer, There and Everywhere #1

Thursday, 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?

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