It’s important on any journey to get by with a little help from your friends (I try not to quote the Beatles whenever possible. Most over rated band of all time… but that’s beside the point). More mouths and experience to try as well as soundboards are great for any hobby and beer is no exception.
My best friend is my primary adventure partner; my wife. I can’t recommend marrying your best friend enough. Everything is better when they are there. However whilst she is a beer fan she is not as obsessed as me. She occasionally thinks about other things. The heathen. So I go to the new and far away with her but also knew if I was to fully get involved in this world it is important to expand that circle.
I have a once a month beer club with my old local school friends. We call it first Tuesday and is probably my favourite day in the month. We mostly go to the local that is always varying beer but we also like to go on tour to places we’ve heard or visited and want to show off. The wife is allowed to one in 2. LADS. BEER. LADS. FOOTBALL. BEER. LADS. Once there was snuff and usually ends in a regretful hangover.
I also have my old work colleagues about and doing different things from beer to other pursuits who also keep up the craft hobby. I love these guys, they are my beer school colleagues and will always always get their opinion when I can!
But you can’t keep beer journeys to the same people all the time. You’ll default to same styles and routines and never expand your horizons.
The ‘other wife’ is my wife’s bestie. And she is beer obsessed to. So we do breweries together, bottle shops and generally try and find a way to steer group meet ups to a more craft beer ilk.
Bottle shares are also good. Meet strangers who have the same passion. It’s always a difficult balance between bringing something impressive but not over egging if you don’t want to. If you get a good group it can be very rewarding!
Apps are great, there is a very beer obsessed world out there. I used it to keep track of my beers and found some good recommendations and a few pubs as a result! My preference will be to untapped but fill your boots!
A WORD OF CAUTION; some beer obsessed people can get evangelical at times. It can create a bit of a stigma. Trying to hard to be different and over involved can be a dark path. If this is your bag you will find no shortage of people to rant and rave on other people with. I however will always be a listener. A facilitator. A sharer. I get more information that way and can decide what is important to me! All beers exist for a reason and all people are entitled to their opinion so if you wish to exchange ideas play nice please!
It’s the early days of my beer blogging so my assumption is if you are reading this we know each other in some way so what would you like to see from this page? Days out? Bottle shares? How can I turn my private passion into a social revolution whereby we drink more good beer with gusto?