My Love Affair with Beer

An introduction to our new beer writer


I've noticed that I surprise people. Granted, my beer drinking is no longer as surprising as it was a few years ago, back when most people would be hard pressed to name a craft brewery in the U.S. But even as recently as 2008, I was a member of a much smaller group: women who enjoy craft beer so much, they make it their job.

Of course being a craft beer enthusiast does not prevent me from enjoying other food and drink delights (such as wine), but it has been an absolute pleasure to observe the world of beer as a blogger for the past four years. I've been writing Beer Goggins for that long, and I'm excited to join the Snooth team as a beer columnist.

I'm hoping to bring a little insight into beer tasting, brewing and even the culture of craft beer to Snooth every couple of weeks. And, while I know I'm communicating with a collection of sophisticated wine drinkers, I hope to have the opportunity to surprise you with beer.

Since I like to jump right in, I'm going to share the top four beers I'm liking this Spring.
Captain Lawrence Kolsch

A light and refreshing beer, the Kolsch is a good option for outdoor drinking. The style is German but Captain Lawrence, a brewery located in Pleasantville, New York, makes it their own with a light citrus (hoppy) flavor. This brew is definitely a perfect fit for summer but we've had a warm spring so I'm already there.

The Lost Abbey Carnevale

A Belgian farmhouse ale, this beer is all floral and clove in the nose but you'll taste citrus and coriander. As Lost Abbey, a San Marcos, California brewery, does not have a distributor in New York City, I had to travel to Jersey to get a taste of this brew -- I thought it was definitely worth the trip. It's a great complement to Spring time.

Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale

I'll come right out and say it, I'm a Florida girl, born and bred. The fact that a high-quality brewery is flourishing not far from my home town makes me proud. Cigar City, located in Tampa, takes some chances with their beers that don't always pay off. But they've created a very tasty Scotch Ale. I love the notes of toffee and coffee in this malty brew. It's a bit heavy for a really hot day but it's perfect for mild Spring weather.

Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA

Imperial IPAs are bold. It may not always be the best beer choice but when you're in the mood for a good one, Oskar Blues, out of Lyons, Colorado, brews up a good one. Gubna has a very pungent citrus flavor hinted with a bit of spice and a bitter finish. All of Oskar Blues' beers are canned -- something that can turn off even the most open-minded beer drinker. But the brewery has found a way to make the packaging a nice complement to their beers. Plus it's much more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

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  • Snooth User: jll2010
    367192 1

    I hear ya! I just wrote a piece, too, about my undying love of craft beer:

    May 09, 2012 at 7:58 PM

  • Snooth User: steve16046
    Hand of Snooth
    1085122 827

    In the spring and summer, I like to kick back with some Hefeweizens, Pilsners, Pale Ale's and some IPA's. So my "Top 4 or 5" would be:

    Penn Weizen (local Hefeweizen) or a Weihenstephaner Hefe
    Victory Prima Pils
    Troeg's Pale Ale
    Ithaca Flower Power IPA

    May 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM

  • Isn't it time beer writers adopted the concern for accuracy and terroir that wine writers have been practicing for decades? Just as sparkling white wine from California is not "Champagne," Lost Abbey Carnevale is not a "Belgian farmhouse ale." You might be correct in saying it's "made in the style of a Belgian farmhouse ale," but it's not Belgian and, I'd venture to say, it's not made in a farmhouse. It's misleading to turn geographic origins into generic terms.

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

  • Snooth User: beercyn
    1120487 19

    Since my son was born , I have kind of lost touch with my TRUE ENJOYMENT with craft beers. But when we would go exploring down the craft beer roads , I always found myself detouring into what I like to call the " FUNKY BUNCH " . For example, every now and then I drink up with Magic Hat . And the other day, I found my funky love with there ElDeR BeTty ( Elderberry Weiss ), My mark on it would be to say , it is a nice summer addition to a new find with an old love and a good summer selection ( for me )

    Jul 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

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