[Ed.: So, we’re going to be doing something a little bit different today. Mike from The Brew Professor was kind enough to submit a guest post on my request. If you like what he has to say, keep an eye out on his site. I read it and think it’s good stuff. He gave us a very informative long form piece, which I am going to split up over the next couple days. Without further ado… -J]
Guest Blogger: The Brew Professor
The Brew Professor (http://brewprof.com) is a new Cincinnati beer blog covering everything from craft beer reviews to homebrewing to better beer stores to beer tasting events. It’s another take on the world of beer for all you beer nerds out there, whether you like making it or just like drinking it.
Women: Don’t Fear the Beer
Before I begin, let me start out by saying this mild diatribe will contain generous helpings of broad assumptions and stereotyping. Most of this is observational “fact” that I have experienced personally. So sit back, drink a beer, and soak it all in before you fire off the hate mail. Now then…
The idea to talk about women and beer was originally suggested by my wife. As my love for beer has evolved she has been along for the ride with me, albeit, begrudgingly at times. A scant ten years ago, I couldn’t get her to even sip a Miller Lite (and for good reason, I suppose). However, as a matter of convenience and cost it became easier and easier to convince her to just drink a beer instead of ordering some sort of frou-frou mixed drink. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder at a bar on Reds Opening Day just doesn’t lend itself to trying to shout a mixed drink order to an overwhelmed and underpaid bartender. Pretty much the same thing goes with wine. But when she had her druthers, she would opt for the “not beer” drink. But, things have changed as the craft beer boom continues to surge. Now she actually gets excited about discovering and trying new beers. I’m going to provide some guidance on how an open mind and semi-adventurous spirit can bring you into the water, barley, hops, and yeast – beer – family.