My adventure into craft beer is a story that happened almost 10 years ago when I was introduced to homebrew and craft beer through a good friend of mine in Pittsburgh. Even though I was still in college, I knew that the cheap beer wasn’t for me and I was thrilled to learn there were many kinds of beer out there that were readily available to me. The beer that opened my eyes to craft beer or as they say in the industry, my “gateway” beer was Bell’s Two Hearted. Nowadays I still tell people, “When in doubt, go Two Hearted.”
In the last few years, I’ve been involved with helping start Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week and being a member of the Pittsburgh Craft Beer Alliance. I recently started a chapter of Girls’ Pint Out in Pittsburgh. I’m passionate about showing craft beer to my community and educating women and men about craft beer. I enjoy learning more about the industry and beers myself, but educating others is just as important. The best part about learning more about good beer is all of the amazing friends I’ve met through it, for that I’m extremely grateful.
While I still enjoy a good IPA now and again, my palate continues to evolve and change. In the course of the last two and a half years, I’ve fallen in love with sour beer styles and barrel aged stouts. That’s the great thing about good beer; there are so many styles and tastes that one never grows bored. One of my favorite quotes about beer comes from King Henry VIII in 1519, which is on display at Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville, NC: “Hops are a wicked and pernicious weed.” Cheers to good beer!
Favorite Sour at the moment: Wicked Weed Oblivion
Favorite Unique Style at the moment: Westbrook Gose
Favorite Stout at the moment: Founder’s Breakfast Stout
Favorite IPA at the moment: Fat Head’s Head Hunter
Favorite Seasonal Beer: Great Lakes Christmas Ale
Favorite Rare Beer: Cantillon Fou’ Foune