Hey there, fellow craft beer lovers! I’m Amanda, a new Stouts and Stilettos contributor from Denver.
My love affair with craft beer started 10 years ago. During college, I spent the summer of 2005 in Lubbock, Texas, where I worked as a server for Hub City Brewery. That job changed my outlook on beer. I still remember my first day on the job when our brewmaster, Marks Lanham, took me on a tour through the brewery. He explained the differences among our house beer styles, and I sampled everything we had on tap. From that day, I was hooked.
At the time, the hefeweizen and kolsch were my favorite brews from Hub City. The kolsch was especially refreshing with a Champagne-like effervescence, which was perfect on a summer day. We also offered an oatmeal stout, but it was too bitter for my taste. Fast forward to a decade later and my favorite beer style is now a boozy, bold bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. Just three years ago, I thought most IPAs tasted like a liquid pine forest, but I now love the bitter kick with those floral, citrus notes. Our palates continue to change, and that’s what makes craft beer so exciting.
Just this year, I started homebrewing after I bought my husband a starter kit for Christmas. He enjoys the hobby, but I’m definitely the enthusiast of the household. Besides exploring new beers, I want to learn as much as possible about the craft, and homebrewing has been an incredible educational avenue. Right now, a pumpkin ale is fermenting in our basement. I’m one of those pumpkin ale fanatics, so I have high hopes for this brew.
When I’m not enjoying craft beer, I manage public relations and content marketing for a New Zealand-based tech company. I also spend entirely too much time adoring my sweet Lab mix, baking, cooking and cheering on the Baylor Bears.
I look forward to sharing Colorado’s awesome craft beer culture. With the Great American Beer Festival around the corner, I’ll be sure to offer a few of my local recommendations, and you’re welcome to connect with me online!
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