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How to Drink Craft Beer: A Beginner's Guide is Available on Amazon!

My second book, How to Drink Craft Beer: A Beginner's Guide, is now available on Amazon in both paperback and kindle editions! 

Please enjoy this excerpt:


For anyone who thinks they might enjoy beer culture but can't get past that "Beer" flavor I suggest trying different styles when you’re at bars and restaurants. Start with local beer if you can. When beer is brewed in the place where you are drinking it the flavors and the ingredients are higher quality.

If you don't like the bitter flavor many associate with beer, start with a malty brown or an amber.  If you like light refreshing beer, try a kolsch or a pilsner.

Try draft over bottle any time you can, but if bottle is the only option ask them to put it in a glass.  The physical act of pouring the beer opens up the flavors and aromas and gives you the full experience. It's also interesting to note that many breweries are canning their beer now and this method is great for preserving the flavors.

When you try something new consider the things you like about it and the things you don't. I have a friend who keeps a small notebook in her purse where she can write down every new beer. She includes the name of the beer, the brewery, the style, and anything she wants to remember about it. She also indicates if she liked it or not.

The next time you are out try to articulate the things you like and don’t like to your server. A bartender at a good craft beer bar is usually knowledgeable about the beers they have and are happy to share their expertise.  Tell them what you like and they can help you with a few choices.  

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