Welcome to my blog! To start, I’ll reveal a little about myself, which should make my intentions for doing this clear.
I’m 27,male, and I’ve grown up in the great state of Queensland, Australia. As such, most of my adult life has been spent enjoying ice cold (and rather flavourless) lagers in excessive amounts – a common cure for heat and sunshine that my state is famous for. I worked in a nightclub for some years through my University days and was ever so briefly introduced to the ‘craft’ side of beer culture (‘James Squire’s Golden Ale’ gets a strong mention here); however these brews were seen as the exception, not the rule. This all changed for me on Christmas Day 2010, and my life has not been the same since…
My beautiful girlfriend presented me with a Christmas present. It was a book, which in her eyes was just a simple stocking filler that I would peruse once or twice before leaving in the bookshelf, perhaps to be brought out during raucous drinking sessions with my mates. Instead, this book – titled 1001 Beers you must try before you die – has changed my life forever. I immediately set out to discover these fantastic brews from all over the world, and in doing so my eyes have been opened to what beer truly is. Now I can’t venture to a destination without discovering their local breweries and taphouse’s; I understand the difference between a Dunkel and an Oatmeal Porter (the fact that I even know these styles of beer EXIST now is a great leap forward!); and I know what a ‘Hop’ is and how it makes beer so delicious. I no longer think like a typical Aussie bloke; I’ve instead been transformed into something of a beer ’snob’…and I’m not ashamed to admit this.
My main goal is to find the 1001 beers in the book and try each of them, marking them off the list as I go (current count as of 1/9/2011 – 76 beers imbibed) However, this search does lead me to many other varied brews, and it would be a damn shame not to try them as well. This blog will be used to document my travels, and also my thoughts and opinions (‘tasting notes’ if you will) on the various brews that I try. I’m not a writer, and I’m not a beer critic; I’m just a man who loves discovering new beer, and wants to share that with anyone who cares to read about it.