I'm a Beer Snob

There, I admitted it...

I moved to Beervana (Portland, OR) over 10 years ago, from Illinois--a land where "good" beer goes by the name of Miller Lite or Bud Lite. Needless to say, I didn't drink much of either. After moving to Portland, I realized what all the fuss was about--good beer is worth drinking! Imagine that.  In a moment eerily similar to one from Gone with the Wind, I vowed "As God as my witness, I'll never drink crappy beer again!"  And I didn't...until I went to my friend's wedding in St. Louis last November--but I digress.

Anyway, I recently decided to try homebrewing after contemplating it for a over a decade. While researching different styles and all things beer on the web, I found that I really enjoyed learning about the many aspects of beer and brewing.  In a quest to find beer styles that Latha (my wife) and I both like, we have been sampling (for pure research purposes only), many different styles of beer.  So I figured I might as well keep a record of them.

Anyway, I enjoy learning more about this subject, and maybe you'll learn a thing or two!  That's assuming anyone other than my wife and mom read this.  So if nothing else, at least I'll have a nice record of the beers we sampled.  Cheers!


  1. Never thought I'd actually enjoy or crave a beer but I do (especially in the summertime).Never say never I guess.I tend to favor reds/amber ales but I'll drink an IPA every once in a while...the less hoppy ones. I recently discovered that my palate has acquired a taste for the hops a little more.

  2. I like reds too. That's exactly why my 1st homebrew is a red, on the hoppy side. I can't drink 5 gallons of beer by myself, can I? We'll see how it turns out in about two weeks. :)

  3. Well -- I don't know who this "friend" is that would get married in the shadow of the behemoth AB, but St. Louis is NOT Cuba. You didn't HAVE to do anything. That's when you shift into a nice cocktail. But whatever.

  4. I wondered if anyone would catch that... :)

    I really should clarify something. This friend and his lovely bride served great beer and other fine beverages at all officially sanctioned wedding events. The substandard malt beverage (some vile swill called "Bud Select") was consumed the night before the wedding--completely out of the control of said friend and bride.

  5. Just visited Pelican in Pacific City and loved the IPA (India Pelican Ale). One of the best IPA's I've had. I brought a sample pack of 22 oz bottles home to Corvallis to try the other styles. Block 15 and Oregon Trail in Corvallis and Calapooia in Albany are worthy of your time. Good luck with the Blog, I'm a fan.

  6. Thanks for the note Mark! So glad to know you like the blog. I was starting to wonder if anyone other than my wife and friends were reading it. :)


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