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How To Find The Right Craft Beer for You

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How To Find The Right Craft Beer for You

Feeling a little left out of the craft beer scene because you just don’t like beer? Or is it possible there is something out there for you, you just have not found it yet?  Carolyn Malcoun, senior food editor at Eating Well Magazine, believes there is a craft beer for everyone. A self described craft beer nerd, Malcoun is a 10 year craft beer veteran who has contributed her knowledge to Draft magazine as a beer recipe developer.  She is also the author of the popular “Beer for Breakfast” piece.

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So where do you start if you want to find a craft beer you can call your own. Start with drinks you already love. Here are just a few of her tips:

  1. If you like to drink coffee I usually suggest a stout or a porter to start because they have some of the same flavor attributes. They are roasty, chocolatey, bitter.
  2. If you like Coors Light or Budweiser I usually recommend a pilsner or lager because they are the same light styles.
  3. If you like sour drinks such as grapefruit juice or even Sauvignon blanc I push them towards a Gose or sour beer.

Don’t be surprised if you are a coffee drinker but find that a beer in the sours genre is right up your alley. With as much Starbucks as I drink, I was sure my favorite beer would be one for coffee lovers. On the contrary, my love for margaritas had my taste buds sold to the sours.

When you are ready to find a beer Malcoun says you can try before you buy.

“A good bar or craft brewery will let you sample something before you commit to it. “Just ask for a taste and they are almost always happy to give you something to try and just tell them what you like and good beer bar or brewery will direct you to something that suits your taste”. 

Breweries also sell beer flights.  Similar to a wine tasting, beer flight are different beers poured into small glasses usually featuring at least four kinds of beer.

A sample of a flight a tried at Proof Brewing Company during a visit to Tallahassee Florida.

Believe it or not there is also a beer great for a morning out.

“A chandy beer is half grapefruit or orange juice and half lager,” Malcoun says. “It’s the perfect beer to have a brunch.”

For example, in her “Beer for Breakfast” piece, Malcoun created a beer recipe that pairs great with caraway crepes with smoked salmon, asparagus & cream cheese. There is also a beer that is a great accompaniment for chive biscuits with smoky sausage gravy.

Ready to tap into the world of craft beer? Once you find the beer you love, share it below and tell us where you found it.

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