So many labels, flavors, manners and mannersisms. And such great words (flocculation)!
In my recent move from Iowa to Southern Oregon, I've enjoyed the privilege to work closely with (and learn a lot from) Ginger Johnson of Women Enjoying Beer and her husband, Larry Chase (Head Brewer at Standing Stone Brewing Company).
Having immersed myself into the industry, conversation, and publications (and sometimes the actual content) for the past few weeks – I've learned of the great and growing passion and appreciation for the craft of beer and brewing.
There are so many social networking (from Brewery Fans to Beer Mapping Project) and mobile applications available (over 500 apps just for the iPhone), and conferences (Beer Bloggers and Beer Makers), and publications for both brewers (Tap into the Art and Science of Brewing) and consumers (All Beer Guide)
One thing I have seen, and much like social media, is craft beer has no single absolute immutable law to the creation or consumption of the content of the glass. Just bring your passion, your appreciation, your clean palate (and open mind).
Discovery, experimentation, ideation, fermentations and mashups (beer & food combos) are all great fun to listen to and learn from.
To borrow from my buddy Mike Wagner – Keep creating … exciting explosions in my taste buds.
To borrow from my pals Larry and Ginger – Cheers!