I Don’t Know Shit About Beer

I figured I should just go ahead and get this one out in the open.

To be fair, this is not an entirely accurate portrayal of my knowledge of all things hoppy. I know the basic different kinds of beer; lagers, ales, stouts & porters, and malts. And I know that the ale range contains the variety styles such as blondes, IPAs, ambers, saisons and the like. I know I like IPA’s the most, as they tend to have a wider variety and flavor options. I know hops are a key ingredient in most craft beers, and typically my mentality tends to follow the formula of hops=good.  I know that if I drink 32 ounces of an unfiltered IPA with a 9.4% ABV I will get a heinous hangover. But I don’t really know anything about the brewing process and I can’t for the life of me understand how to fill out the Moleskine beer journal I lavishly gifted to myself as an attempt to look professional and wise when I am drinking by myself.

I always tell myself I’m going to remedy this lack of information. One time I picked up a free beer guide from Total Wine. I have read 3 pages. Sometimes I research beer tasting classes in the area and then never commit. I like to tell myself that one day I will be a skilled beer connoisseur, who knows exactly what to pencil in for “finish” and “mouth feel”. But right now, all I know is that I enjoy going to breweries, ordering flights, and trying the range of beers offered at each individual venue. I don’t know why I like them or what ingredients are contributing to my palate preferences, but I like the adventure and experience of trying out new breweries and new brews, and so that is what I do.

I’m hoping along the way I will be able to collect information and be able to give valuable assessments of the establishments I am visiting. More likely than not, I will say “I liked this one because it tasted good” and write more about the ambiance of the establishment over the taste. But I don’t really care about my current lack of knowledge, and if anyone is ever reading this, I just wanted to inform you that I’m not going to pretend I’m an expert on material that I am not. This started as a stupid hashtag on my Instagram so I could look back on all the fun places I visited and on a whim I decided to buy a domain name, so I might as well use it to write about whatever I feel about, really.

So uh, there is the background on this domain name. And as a poor attempt to conclude this post, as wrapping things up poignantly is the most difficult portion of the writing process for me, I guess I should go drink some brews.


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