Wow! This is already such a great project. I had plenty of beer drinking experience before we started the show, but it was mostly of the Miller/Anheuser Busch variety.
It's been a lot of fun learning about beer - the aroma - the look - the flavor - the delicate balance between the hops and the malt. Barley - God's wondergrain. I had never given it that much thought.
I believe that beer is an acquired taste and I had always chosen to acquire a taste for beers that were easy on the pocketbook. While I still consider cost a huge factor when selecting beer, I find my eyes wandering away from the well-traveled shelves of the grocery store fridge to more remote areas that I hadn't dared adventure to.
All of a sudden, I'm buying the variety packs of beers, just so I can compare the different styles (try Boulevard Bob's 47 Oktoberfest - Delicious!). Pale Ales, IPAs, Pilsners, Bocks and so many styles I had never even heard of.
The other day, I did something that I had never done. I poured a cold Miller Lite into a glass (A glass I tell ya!) and took a big whiff. One thought, crossed my mind "What's that smell?!?!" Where were the fruity esters? Where was the hoppy goodness? Dear lord - am I becoming a beer snob?
I figured it would take me much more than two months to reach this point.
Every time the opener pops the top of the bottle it's a new beerventure.
Just thinking about it is making me thirsty.