Beer isn’t just about drinking with your friends, though that is one of the best parts. It is also about meeting new people, trying new things, and getting outside of your comfort zone. One great way to do all of those things is to get involved in a local beer community. While us in Denver, the best beer city in the United States, may be a bit spoiled, every big city has a beer community that would love to have you.
One great way to meet other beer minded folks is through local Meetups. I have been to Meetup events before, and I met great people that have similar interests in my area.
To find a beer meetup, just head to the Meetup website and search for beer related meetups in your area. It really is that simple.
I know it is tough for some people to get out of the introvert box, but remember that everyone at a meetup is there to meet new people and learn new things, so they will make you feel right at home.
What? People make their own beer at home? And they want to talk to other people about beer?
If you found the answers to those questions painfully obvious, you should look around your city to find other home brewers and people to share your beer passion with.
Start by heading to your local home brew supply shop. Ask the staff about places where home brewers get together and any upcoming events. They will probably have a good list to start from.
My favorite beer event of the year is the Great American Beer Festival. It brings 50,000 people to Denver for a long weekend to celebrate beer. While not every beer event, or any that I know of in this country, brings together that many people, there are likely beer events in your town just waiting for you to come join.
If you are in the mood, do what I do. Hit the Googles and search for beer events in your city or region. There are usually at least a few to choose from.
If you are lucky enough to live in a city with one of America’s 1940 craft breweries, go tour it. Sample new beers, take a look around, and spend some time in the tap room to find a quick conduit to your local beer scene.
Your Beer Community?
What is the best way you have found to connect to a beer community? Please share your stories in the comments.
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