It’s just plain and simple… I love craft beer. What I love most about craft beer is that even in a hundred lifetimes, I still will not have tried every single craft beer that’s been made. The beauty of the craft beer industry is that it’s always trying to keep up with the craft beer community’s constantly changing palette. Every single one of us is searching for something new. Sure, we have our favorites, but we never let that keep us from branching out and experiencing new flavors. The craft beer community is arguably one of the most passionate communities around and I’m glad I’m a part of it. If you told me 12 years ago that I would be a part of this great community, I would have thought you were crazy.
My love for craft beer started in college, but I wouldn’t necessarily say it was love at first sip. As a college student just about ready to graduate, my flavor profile of beer was limited to Keystone Light and Miller High Life (you just cringed… I know. I cringed just typing it). Throughout my time in college that’s all I knew. But at the time this delicious, bubbly, yellow water was dirt cheap. I mean come on… $5 cover charge for a frat party that allowed you to drink all night? That’s absurd, but I never questioned it.
Eventually as the college years went on, my friends and I found a bar that had something called the “World Beer Tour” which was a list of 100 beers numbered 1-100. You only had one year to try every beer on the list. You’d tell a college student to drink two beers a week and he’d laugh in your face and say, “No problem!” But this was hard. Having never drank craft beer before, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Numero uno on the list was Hop Devil by Victory Brewing Co.
Hop Devil is still the absolute worst experience I’ve ever had tasting beer. Aside from gagging uncontrollably after drinking piss warm Budweiser, Hop Devil takes the cake when it comes to craft beer; however, now with a bit of experience drinking craft beer, I know why. I went from this idea that beer tasted like water and thinking its only purpose was to be drank in large quantities to trying an extremely hoppy beer that my taste just wasn’t ready for.
I have not yet tried Hop Devil again, but with a more refined palette and appreciation for beer I will try it again. As a matter of fact, I will pick it up on my next beer run and let you know how it goes.
Every craft beer has a story, but that story will vary per person. Hop Devil was just the beginning of my craft beer journey, but I didn’t allow it to be the end. Despite its bad first impression, it started this great appreciation for craft beer and has driven me to learn more about it by sparking my interest in homebrewing.
I hope you will join me on this journey in discovering and learning more about craft beer and the brewing process. Learn how to homebrew with me, discover more about beer in general, or just follow me through the good brews and bad. Regardless of what you choose to do, it’s just You, Me, & Brew. Grab a beer and relax. Let’s drink some craft beer together!