The cold glass, the smell, the taste, the flavor, the feeling of a new combination of grains, hops, malts, and other beer flavors. We all know the wonderful experience of trying a new beer, but for a lot of beer fans, it is not always so easy.
Some of us, like me, are hop heads. We know what we like and we are hard pressed to find a new one in our favorite genre. Others have trouble finding something they might like because they are new in the beer world, others just don’t know where to look. Lucky for you, I have spent quite a bit of time seeking out new beers, and I am happy to share what I learned with you.
The Liquor Store
You might think that the people who work at liquor stores are bums that don’t know much about their products. If you go to a place with a beer selection that does little to pass Miller High Life, you are probably right. However, if you find a specialty store with a vast selection, their beer buyer probably knows his stuff.
I have spoken to the beer expert at several liquor stores, and they are usually at the cutting edge of new releases. After all, who would know beer better than the person all of the sales reps are trying to convince to pick up their new product?
Each town has at least one awesome tap house. Even when visiting Little Rock, Arkansas, I was able to find something new and exciting at a cool downtown bar.
The bartenders are the front line of getting new and exciting beers to new people. They generally know each beer in their bar very well. Just go in and explain what you like and the style you are looking for. They can usually help you find something new that you will like.
As an awesome beer fan, I assume you have at least a couple of buddies that you enjoy sharing a beer with. Those friends know your tastes pretty well, and they might have tried something new that you might like.
Just ask your friends about any new beers they have tried lately. Tell them that you are looking for something new and see what they suggest.
How do you find new beers? What is your best strategy? Please share in the comments.
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