This is where I should be writing a fulsome throat-clearing; an explanation of why I want to start writing a blog about beer, of the inner turmoil and torment I’ve been through while deciding whether or not to start this blog. Whether I’m worthy. Whether I know enough.
But do you know what? Fuck it. I like beer. I want to write about it.
So you can poke the hand-wringing. Let’s get down to business.
About 4 years ago, I thought I was someone who liked beer. And, all things being relative, I suppose I was. I wasn’t afraid of trying new things, and I’d dip into new territory whenever the opportunity arose.
But then I tried Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. That was my Eureka Beer. I’d drunk Guinness and Woodforde’s Wherry and Adnams Ghost Ship and a million hand-pump, cask, frothy, room temperature real ales that tasted of Olde England. I knew beer could have some flavour. But this was different. It was mellow and banging at the same time, with citrus and grapefruit and pine and malt and sweetness and bitterness and I couldn’t even taste all those things at the time. I knew it was something different and that was it – I was on the road.
My beer awakening is a story echoed millions of times around the UK in the last few years. My city, much like yours, now has a Brewdog bar, and a couple of pubs that do the craft beer thing even better. People who made a point of drinking real ale have moved on to craft beer, and I’m in that club. Even the supermarkets are stocking beers that ponces wouldn’t be ashamed to be seen with.
Full disclosure – I’m a ponce. I hate drinking shit beer, even with people who don’t care about beer. I feel like I’m letting myself down. That I should be ingesting top quality, Rate Beer-ranking nectar permanently. There’s so much good stuff out there that I don’t want to waste my time and taste buds on dross. Just hook Cloudwater to my veins.
The mission now is to get others to genuflect to the high-end, and to share the love. That’s why I started this blog. To open others up to the possibilities of beer and learn from people who know better. I’ll be writing about the beers I love, anything new, anything local to me (Norfolk) and anything else related.