Become a Student

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Beer can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding hobbies if you would only make a few changes in the way you approach beer and setup your mind to learn about beer.

Start by breaking beer down into boad categories and then each time you try a new beer place that memory in the appropriate category. I suggested starting with broad styles categories (i.e. lagers, Pale Ales, IPAs, Porters, Stouts, Sours, Saison, Belgium Trippel, wheat), and then also note the brewery. This simple adjustment will give you a tool to compartmentalize and better remember the beers you have tried, which in turn allows you to learn which styles/breweries you like. Next, pick a style you like, but don’t know every much about, and make an effort to try various breweries’ rendition of that style. You will quickly see that there can be a huge contrast between  beers in the same style and some of them are much better than others. This hobby is about enrichment of your drinking experiences through education. You only get as much out of the hobby as you put in, so make a bit of an effort to branch out and try new things.

Tip: Try to drink only porters, or only pale ales for a few weeks and make an effort to try as many different renditions of those styles as you can.

Tip: Concentrate when you try a beer. Experiment with the “suck and sip” technique, meaning inhale through your nose while taking a sip of the beer and take you time swallowing the beer.

Tip: Don’t let people see you smelling your beer, be discrete about it. smelling you beer and swishing it around in your mouth makes you look like a jerk.

 

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