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“Oh, I don’t drink beer.”
I was you once. For a long time, perhaps too long. I drank fuzzy navels, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, and screwdrivers. 😩 Only sweet stuff. I never considered beer, and definitely didn’t think I would ever try it. But then something happened. One day I gave it a try. And another, and another…
So here I am, a mini beer connoisseur writing on Brew Bloggers! 🎉 I’m here to tell you that it’s never too late to try something new. It’s a wonderful world of brew out there. 🌎 This is my personal little guide of beers to get you started.
A great man once told me that porter is the gateway beer. Truer words have never been spoken!
Porters are a great way to get started. Find a microbrewery or pub that serves craft beer nearby and try a porter or two for your first beer. (Bring a fellow beer connoisseur friend for added bonus/guidance! They are always happy to help. 💁) Beer is generally a bitter beverage, so take small sips to adjust your palette. As time goes on you will get used to it. My favorite porters have vanilla flavors. You can also try stouts, but these are thicker, heavier beers that are sometimes bitter like coffee. In the summer I drink lagers which are very light, great for a hot summer day. IPAs and other ales are hoppy and I tend to shy away from those (for now) as a beginner. I also drink hard ciders (I love Angry Orchard 🍎) if I’m looking for something light and sweet.
(Note: Beer and food pairings do make a difference. Not the best idea to have a dark beer with buffalo wings, for instance. Typically I will drink my beer before and after I eat, but drink water with my meal.)
Here are some beers I really like that are a good start! 😊
Happy drinking! 🍻