Friday, September 25, 2009

September Fermentation Friday - "What turned you on to Craft Beer"

Hi All,

Welcome to this this months Fermentation Friday hosted by Jason @ Brewing the Perfect Beer! This months topic is one I have written about a few times. What turned me on to craft beer wasn't really craft beer at all. It was mass market German beer while in Germany. Before the trip to Germany a few years ago I wasn't really into beer I was in to wine. When we got to Munich I had the most amazing beer I had ever had. I think it was Spaten Octoberfest. I loved it! So while checking out Munich I got to try other Spaten beers,some Hoegaarden, and some local beers. From that point on I couldn't stop thinking about what other beers were out there. Luckily the next stop was Berlin and my wife's friend took us to this beer bar with hundreds of different beers to choose from. We went there all three nights we were there and I must have tried a dozen different kinds. It doesn't sound like a lot but they were high in alcohol and $$$. I have been trying as many beers as I can since then. I love the different flavors and ingredients that craft beer offers. If it weren't for craft beer I wouldn't have become a home brewer. What better way to learn about your favorite beverage and passion then to make it yourself. As a home brewer the more beers I try the more I learn about what I like and what I would like to brew.

Well folks that is how I got into craft beer. Thanks again to Jason for hosting. See you next month!

Matt C.

PS -The mass market German beers isn't the best beers I have ever tasted anymore. At the time Dos Equis or Amstel were the top of my beer list. Sad Huh! Then again there was there beer bar in college that had tons of craft beers and imports but I just tried them to get the mug on the wall. I didn't really know what I was drinking. So I am not counting it.

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