Liking beer now means I'm a grownup, right?

2015-03-10 14:15:00

Confession: I used to hate beer. This may come as a surprise from someone so involved in the craft beer industry, but it's the sad truth. The taste, the smell. Nothing about beer seemed appealing to me. I spent the first half of my twenties avoiding beer in general, opting for sweeter (and stronger) libations. Then one day, it was like a light switch went off. It finally happened - beer tasted good.

So what happened? Had I finally stepped over the threshold of adulthood? Sort of, but not quite. According to the National Library of Medicine, our tastebuds decrease with age. This in turn dulls our senses over time and can change the way we think something tastes. SCIENCE!

So, besides just waiting around for your senses to kick the bucket there are lots of ways to explore and figure out what beers tickle your fancy:

  1. If you're already a liquor drinker, here's a handy list of craft beer suggestions for people who don't normally drink beer
  2. If you're trying a few different beers, use the color of the brew as your guide. Go from light to dark.
  3. Try local beers - you'll be supporting local economy!
  4. Try foreign beers - you'll be supporting some other economy!
  5. Order your favorite food and pair with a beer
  6. There is a place and time for cheap beer, but sometimes you need to invest in your drink of choice [treat yourself] and order the most expensive beer you can find

While embarking on your beer journey, it's always best to keep an open mind and try new things. Although I will probably never acquire a taste for IPAs y'all. I just can't.