All right, happy hump day, everybody! That’s right, it’s Wednesday!
So recently, a friend introduced me to yet ANOTHER Social Check In application called “Untappd.” This one is actually used for Beer. Yeah, it can be another version of “LOOK AT ME DOING THINGS, INTERNET!!!” or it can actually be used to keep track of a beer that you actually like, and where you found it.
I like to say I’m a novice homebrewer, but honestly, I have a Mr. Beer kit and I’ve done one batch. However, that is one batch more than some have done, and it was good, according to friends who drink that type of beer, so I guess I didn’t do that bad. However, since I didn’t know that much about any beer that’s not Guinness, I didn’t know how the Golden Lager was supposed to taste. So, in order to “improve my craft” I have felt the need to start trying some different ones when I’m out and about, or when I hit my Friendly Neighborhood Liquor Store, and no, I don’t know the name. I just know it’s on 96th Street near Aldi’s.
Now, as I’m picking up beers there, I’ve noticed that I’ve failed in trying to expand my horizons. So far, I’ve had a Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from St. Louis Brewery, a Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery, a Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing, a Young’s Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young’s, and a Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse.
I know, the way to branch out to other types of beer than Guinness is NOT by drinking other stouts, but it’s what I gravitate towards, so I’ll have to pay closer attention next time I’m shopping.
Now, when I’ve been out, I’m a little more attuned to what I’m trying. When I hit the Castleton Grill, I tried a Wee Mac Scottish Ale by Sun King. That was a tasty drink, for some reason that tasted better the second time I tried it. However, during my father’s surprise retirement shindig, I tried a Dragonfly IPA by Upland Brewing, and I wasn’t too fond of it.
So far, one thing I have noticed is that I’m not a fan of India Pale Ale’s. At least, that is what I think IPA stands for. There is something about them that tastes off to me, and they are very… well, I don’t know how to describe it other than something I just don’t like.
A major issue with trying to figure these out is that I don’t know squat about the different types, the flavors, what it means when a beer is too “hoppy” or things like that. I’m just buying, trying, and making notes on whether or not it’s something I would drink again.
So how about you? Do you have any recommendations? Any tips, any tricks?
Feel free to let me know. Or don’t. Whatever works for ya.
See you tomorrow,