Let’s face it. If you’re new to craft beer, figuring out what you like can be a bit daunting. And just going to the store and buying a six-pack of a brew that you’re not sure you’ll like can be wasteful and expensive.
One of the best ways to get acquainted with craft beer in a fun and social way (outside of having a knowledgable and generous friend with a good stock at his/her house) is to attend a beer tasting. At most beer tastings, for a reasonable price , you can sample a wide variety of beers in small amounts and get some pretty tasty food along with it. In some cases you may even be able to meet a representative from the brewery who can tell you a little bit more about how that beer is brewed and what it is that makes it distinct. Not to mention the fact that it’s the perfect venue for meeting other people who appreciate craft beer (folks I lovingly call “beer geeks”…because I am one) and may be able to give you a few recommendations of what to try.
Want to find a beer tasting or other beer event near you? One of the best sites to check out is Beer Advocate.
Having gone to plenty of tastings ourselves, one of the things Kevin and I now like to do is volunteer as pourers. Tonight we are volunteering at a specialty beer and wine tasting fundraiser, sponsored by Nagle’s Market in Milan, to benefit the Milan Public Library. It’s from 6-9 p.m. at the Milan American Legion Hall (44 Wabash Streat). I can’t seem to find how much this particular event costs, but if you have the time, I’d encourage you to check it out. It’s for a good cause. Well be working at the Rave Associates table. Rave is one of the top distributors of craft beer and wine for Southeast Michigan. If you do decide to go, be sure to stop by and say hello! 🙂