Strategies for finding great beers

Let’s be honest: the mutitude of beer choices is intimidating. Standing in front of a well-stocked beer aisle can be dizzying for even the most experienced beer geek.

One could spend hours with a smart phone researching the choices at a smaller place, nevermind standing in a huge liquor store like Wines & More or Yankee Spirits. Heck, the choices can be mind-numbing at a well a well-stocked smaller location like Douglas, Barry’s, Muckey’s, or Lee’s Market.

So how does one make a choice when facing such a massive selection of options? There are multiple strategies that work well and can be mix-and-matched as needed. As you read on to figure out how to navigate the maze of beer choices, never forget: all beer is good beer. Don’t let the near-infinite beer choices cause anxiety. Continue reading

Glass choice makes a big difference for beer drinkers

Now that we’re all beginning to try beer with flavor (hopefully), it’s time to talk about how to properly enjoy said beer. When drinking nearly flavorless lagers, it really doesn’t matter what vessel you’re using to drink from … the bottle/can, a standard “shaker” pint glass, or an old shoe.

But the standard glass that we all know and are used to is about the worst glass one can use for beer. It’s terrible at all three goals a beer glass has: keep the beer cold, keep it carbonated, and hold the aroma in the glass. Continue reading

Beginning the craft beer journey

Let me be clear: all beer is good beer. There are merits to a nice cold Budweiser (or other light American lager) on a hot summer day … it’s crisp, refreshing, and inoffensive. Nothing wrong with that. But drinking just Bud/Miller/Coors is like only eating Quarter Pounders or Big Macs and never having a cheese steak sandwich, never having a sloppy Joe, never trying steak tips. Continue reading