Excerpted from TheBeerRater.com
Warm days are upon us friends! The days are getting longer, the animals are getting frisky and beer fests have started to hide their morning wood after a long hibernation. We’ve toughed it out; our reward is just around the corner. In a few short weeks, there will be nothing but patios, picnics, and nude sunbathing – all perfect situations to whip out your craft beer. Yeah, I said it – don’t judge me! If you don’t do it, you’re missing out! Why wouldn’t you picnic? If you don’t, there’s something wrong with you: A basket of meat, cheese, and beer? OH hell yes! A friendly game of bocce? YUP! Kickin tunes? Booyah! Actually that all works for nude sunbathing… Not that I do that.
What I am trying to get at is warm days coming and so are prime beering opportunities. As we all forge our path to the great beerond this Summer, here are four things you should keep in mind while venturing forth:
1. Drink Local
For the most part, the beauty of the craft beer industry is that it’s a local small business that is part of your community.
2. Craft Beer Has NO Bounds
The Craft Beer Industry has evolved into a thing of beauty. It’s something humanity could take a lesson from. Lines between styles are blurred and brewers are mixing everything together to find the next great thing. Shed all your previous notions of what you think beer is and try everything you can.
3. Beer Fest, Beer Fest, Beer Fest
Beer festivals never disappoint. At the very worst: they are a great way to spend a weekend outside with your friends. At the very best: you get to try every beer you could imagine and make all kinds of great buddies. Keep in mind, if you try every beer you could imagine, your new best buddy might turn out to be a cardboard cut out of Hulk Hogan… Not that that’s ever happened to me. Honestly, it didn’t.
4. Don’t be “That Guy”
“That Guy” comes in many shapes and forms, most commonly a loud one. From the know-it-all who tells you what fertilizer is used on the hops to the Joker who tells you that they only like Barley Wines and “anything else is for wussies.” I’ve even seen idiots pour out perfectly good beer to apparently demonstrate their “expertise”.
With these four things in mind, get out, go have fun, experience the Craft Beer Community and have fun with it. It’s there to have fun with you!