Beer me a beer

posted on December 24, 2008 in Uncategorized

If you watch The Office, you get it. Good on you.

I’m definitely not the first person to write a blog about beer. In fact, this isn’t even my first attempt to write a blog about beer. I have confidence (completely unfounded) that this one will stick though. If only because I like the name. Anyways, point is, I’m not doing this for originality points; I’m doing it for all the fame and money that comes with writing a beer blog.

Here’s my deal:

I circuitously made my way to UC Davis (read: bailed on the idea of law school the summer before my 1L, deciding to pursue my passion for food/beverages instead), currently taking the classes I need to get into the illustrious “Pope of Foam”’s (i.e., Charlie Bamforth, also the Chair of the Food Science and Technology Dept. at UC Davis, but the fact he knows a shitload about beer foam is more pertinent here) Masters program. I think writing a masters thesis about beer is about one of the coolest things I could possibly do…and really, being cool is all I’ve ever cared about.

Admittedly, I’m a far cry from a beer geek yet - and my first culinary love was plain old good food, but nothing excites me more than the challenge of knowing and making good beer. I like the personality of beer - unlike wine, it beckons “hey, come play with me, I’m really fun and approachable”, but the more you get to know it, the more you realize how complex and surprising it can be. I hope you’ll follow me as I play with and get to know beer even more.

My next post will be about my first batch of beer I homebrewed: Mercury in Retrograde Amber Ale (see pic below). If you’re not too familiar with astrology (i.e., most people outside California), “Mercury in retrograde” is basically the reason you might be having a shitty day (for a detailed account). The story behind the name will be revealed on the label. Digg Facebook Google reddit StumbleUpon


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