I was never much of a beer drinker early in my life, the taste just wasn't something I enjoyed, either too fizzy, watery or bitter with little else remarkable. Then one day I happened across a commercial beer that was quite different than what I'd tried before. It was a somewhat darker beer, with an almost sweet somewhat malty taste, one with some body and a fullness that I'd never experienced before.
That beer opened my mind to trying, and seeking out more and better flavors and eventually, trying my hand at creating a home brewed beer with the flavors I enjoyed the most. I still very much enjoy seeking out new and for the most part different commercial brews. Rarely do I ever have the same beer twice at a sitting, restaurant or bar. This has expanded my appreciation for the many different styles available to the public today. From unfiltered wheat beers to double IPA's, to the best Belgian's, all are worth sampling to really find which beer is the flavor you enjoy the most. I've been asked "what is your favorite beer?", my only and best answer is "I don't know, I've not tried them all yet!" I am doing my best to do so though!
In my travels far and wide, I've sampled beers from Juneau Alaska to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and south to Aruba and many islands and states in between, as well as many imported from around the world. I have collected more than 650 beer labels, from beers that I have specifically sampled myself. I may not remember the exact flavor of each, but do know whether or not I enjoyed each of them.
According to the Reinheitsgebot, sometimes called the "German Beer Purity Law" or the "Bavarian Purity Law" in English, was a regulation concerning the production of beer in Germany. In the original text, the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops. The law originated in the city of Ingolstadt in the duchy of Bavaria on 23 April 1516, although first put forward in 1487, concerning standards for the sale and composition of beer.
While this purity order was the law of the land for its time, modern brewers have embraced a flair for experimentation with their recipes. Much to craft beer drinkers delight I might add. Current craft beers can and usually do include anything from fruit to nuts and beyond … think serrano peppers! Some have met with much success, others, not so much… again, think serrano peppers! But the real story is about trying to find something new and different. That sense of experimentation is truly one of the most engaging aspects of the world of home brewing.