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Q&A: How were you introduced to craft beer?

@ceefor from @baospodcast

Back in 2011, I’d just moved to Canada and I was experiencing my first winter. Some friends back in Australia were doing this challenge called 365 Days of Beer, where you had to take a selfie with a beer and post it online until you had 365 different beers. I didn’t believe there were even 300 different beers in the world but I figured I’d give it a crack. After 7 months, I’d completed the challenge and haven’t stopped since. It turned into a podcast and YouTube series, and now we travel the world for beer.

Susie from @SusieOnTap

It was the excitement of beer science that lead me to craft beer! While enrolled in the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, I took a course on the Chemistry and Microbiology of Beer. The more I learned, the more I appreciated and loved craft beer! Because of that, beer science will always have a special place in my heart!

Ralph from @beeredblackman

I was first introduced to craft beer by going to a local pub here in Birmingham. My friends and I would always go during our time in college. One night, I tried a Good People Brown Ale. After that moment, I never looked back. Craft beer has been my life ever since.

Keith from @bayareabeerblogger

My first experience in craft beer was in 2005 in New Orleans. My work had sent me to New Orleans to help with recovery after Hurricane Katrina for two weeks. While there, I spent quite a bit it time meeting people; eating amazing food, and exploring the city. Some of the people I was working with decided to go out to dinner one night and we were all wanting to have some drinks too, sort of needed to unwind from the work. I wanted to drink something local and was asked what sort of beers was I into at the time. I was mostly drinking Killian’s Irish Red, Amber Bock, Stella, etc. They suggested trying an Abita Amber and Abita Purple Haze. I fell in love with both of the beers, which led me to researching the company and craft beer as a whole. I loved that they brewed Restoration Pale Ale to help with hurricane recovery efforts. I loved that the money was going to a local business. And I really loved the way the beers tasted! It was so different than anything I had ever tried! When I flew back home, I found a liquor store that carried them and other craft beers and started buying them. I started seeking out breweries and fell in love with Dunedin Brewery. Life became a whole lot better after that trip, and a whole lot more expensive.

Amanda aka The Art of Beers

My garage, San Antonio, TX, 2007. Started buying single bottles and six packs of craft beer to steer away from the “basics.” I remember Dogfish 60 Min being my gateway into IPAs at that time. Also BJ’s Restaurant was new in the neighborhood and I frequented there. Them damn avocado egg-rolls will get ‘cha! I enjoyed trying their house brews along with their guest beers. It was nice to have a place with variety. They always had North Coast PranQster on the menu which I chose often at the time. It only went uphill from there with my selections. It was a good time to be alive!
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Beer Mail

We’ve started a mailing list! Click the “BEER MAIL” link above to sign up. To kick things off we’re giving away a t-shirt or tank! Sign up for the mailing list before Friday (6/7) for a chance to win.

Emails to the mailing list will be rare and hopefully you’ll find them interesting. To give you an idea of what you’re in for we’ve included the content from our first email that we sent out last week below:

Welcome to Beer Mail!

This is the inaugural BeerSelfie mailing list email to update you on what we’re up to. Don’t worry, these will be rare, but there’s an unsubscribe link below if you aren’t interested in receiving another.

Q&A: What’s Your Favorite City to Visit for Craft Beer?

We asked a few people you’ll recognize from Instagram what city they like to visit for craft beer.

Spoiler: Tampa, Florida was the most common answer!

Check out all the responses and see what other cities made the list.

@babels_cameron

BeerSelfie Shirts!

We’ve teamed up with Pop Fever to create some fun BeerSelfie and Craft Beer shirts! There are currently eight designs available in multiple styles of tshirts, tanks, and sweatshirts.

We love seeing these shirts pop up on Instagram! We’re not saying wearing a BeerSelfie shirt guarantees a @beerselfie repost, but we’re not not saying that.

@michelleperner

Beer Reviews

We recently ran a poll to find out what you’d like to see on BeerSelfie.com and beer reviews received the most votes. We’re happy to oblige and up first is a review of Firestone Walker’s Rosalie from @brewsandbio.

@brewsandbio

Featured @beerselfie

The @beerselfie post with the most engagement in the last thirty days belongs to @beernerdtravel!

@beernerdtravel
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Q&A: What’s Your Favorite City to Visit for Craft Beer?

Tampa

Magnus of @Babymankerjesus


Oh so many. Brussels for chocolate and lambic, Los Angeles for my extended family at Monkish Brewing and all our friends there but I must say that Tampa has such great food, people and now an amazing list of breweries. Drinking Malort at Hidden Springs Ale Works, hugs and pastry stouts with my sweethearts at Angry Chair Brewing, proper pilsners at Green Bench Brewing, world class meads from Pye Road Meadworks. Yeah, Tampa has got it all!

Atlanta

Eric from @UncapEverything


Whatever city I haven’t visited yet. I would love to hit the West Coast and soak in the craft beer vibes there, but if I had to chose from what I know, I’d have to say ATL. It was truly the beginning of the love that I now have for craft and the people there are so welcoming.

Dublin

@thebrewlocker


There’s an unlimited amount of places to visit in Dublin. The beer scene is incredible, the people are so friendly, and it’s home to the Mecca-Guinness!

New York City

Tiesha, Co-Founder of Beer Kulture


Of course I’d have to say home, New York City! There’s no place like it. When I think of enjoying a good beer… I think of the vibe, the experience and the people I’m enjoying beer with. There’s simply no place or vibe like that of a crisp beer on a hot NY Summer day, chilling on the stoop with the people you love. It’s unmatched.

Tampa

@babels_cameron


Having cut my teeth [in the craft beer industry] in Tampa Bay, the Tampa beer scene will always be special to me. What makes Tampa Bay such a great region for craft is simple: excellent breweries (over seventy and counting…) backed by skilled, innovative brewers; an AMAZING state brewer’s guild, a solid beer week (and perennially-rad climate that encourages fests), and a sizeable craft bar and gastropub contingency — including gorgeous new Fermented Reality Biergarten — that supports local beer.
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Firestone Walker’s Rosalie

BY PATRICK CUTHBERT

Now that the days are getting longer and hotter here in California, circumstances call for a light drinking beer and sitting on the porch into the evening. As pilsners and kolsches tend to dominate most beer drinkers lists during hot weather, the monotony of fizzy yellow beer can lead many to search for a different taste for summer. I recently had the opportunity to sample Firestone Walker’s Rosalie, a beer rosé, and was impressed by its subtle fruit flavors and drinkability. As a brewery that sprung up in a southern California vineyard, Rosalie feels right at home as it is co-fermented primarily with Chardonnay grapes.

Rosalie Pour

The hibiscus flower added to this brew stand out well against the mild fruitiness imparted by the Chardonnay grapes and are a featured flavor. Further, they add a bright pink color to the beer that is noticeable from the initial pour. This brew pours with little if any head, adding to the wine aesthetic, with little carbonation making it that much more quaffable. At only 10 IBUs there’s little here for hop heads but making it quite accessible to the wine converts who may be making the jump to sours and goses. Overall, at five percent ABV, this beer rosé makes for a fine summer drinker or any time you find yourself relaxing under the sun.

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Beer Selfie Interview: Latiesha

Latiesha Cook is the co-founder of Beer Kulture, introducing craft beer to urban communities and bringing a fresh take on the beer world.

Beer Kulture is a lifestyle brand that merges urban culture with beer. For years – inner cities have been bombarded with malt liquors and flavorless beer. The people, ultimately, think that this is what all beer is. Let me enlighten you; it isn’t. With close to 100 different styles and thousands of different brands that all have different aroma’s, flavors and hues, beer is much more than just a “yellow”, “flavorless” and “nasty” beverage.
 
As one of the oldest beverages in the world we strive to paint a new narrative on what beer is, isn’t and what it can be while showing our communities that  “This ain’t the beer that you’re use to.”

How did you get introduced to craft beer?

It’s quite funny how I got introduced to the craft. My partner was on his own journey which you will be able to read about in our new book “This ain’t the beer That You’re Used To”. But he also introduced me to beer as he was on his own journey. It started with Guinness. The first taste…. I thought it was disgusting. Dom was determined to find beer that I would like, so he started introducing me to fruit beers since I liked beverages that were sweet and fruited. I loved fruit beers, I progressed into really enjoying sours. The more I drank beer, the more my palate changed and as I tried new things I began to really enjoy beer and the different styles all together.

What are your goals with Beer Kulture?

Our goal with Beer Kulture is simple. We are inviting new drinkers to the party. There are People who don’t know about good beer, we want them to know that good beer is out there. And more than that, we want to make good beer available to them.

What has been the highlight of Beer Kulture for you so far?

The highlight with Beer Kulture for me so far is the facial expression of a new beer drinker every time we put them on to new beer. Our slogan so to say is “This ain’t the beer that you’re used to”. So every time we expose a new drinker to good beer and they express delight, shock and /or pure excitement – it’s almost endearing. It feels like a great accomplishment whether it’s one person or many.

What’s in the new book? Who’s the target audience?

“This ain’t the beer that you’re used to” A beginners Guide to Good Beer is written by my partner Dom “Doochie” Cook. The name explains it all. It’s a beginners Guide/ Memoir for folks who don’t know much about beer.
Because Beer Kulture focuses on “inviting new drinkers” to the party, we wanted to create something that they would be able to learn from, identify with and grow their beer knowledge.

What beers have you enjoyed lately?

Lately I’ve been crushing New Belgium’s Fat Tire, Amber Ale, Voodoo ranger IPA, Belgian White and Pilsner. They have a variety pack out and don’t judge me but after a long days work I want something good, clean and crushable. This variety pack has been doing the job for me lately.

Aside from my daily drinkers….. sign me up for anything Kolsch!

What do you think about the current state of craft beer? What’s going well? What needs improvement?

Like any industry, the craft industry can use some work. When I think about the beer that we all know and love, I think about variety, complexity, layers on tops of layers of flavor and depth. I’d like to think that the face of craft beer appears the same way. Unfortunately, it hasn’t always. But that’s changing.

As more and more Brewery’s and places of business open up, craft needs to start broadening the demographic of drinkers and those they employ. That’s where Beer Kulture has come into play ; and not just us but the collaborative efforts of many who have been putting in work on the ground level to push leadership, ensure growth and success of the craft.

So back to your question of “What needs work?”. The answer to that is, everything! But when you asked “What’s going well?”. The answer to that is also, everything!

Hard conversations are being had and work is being done. Shout out to the people. The owners, the workers and the consumers who make up the Kulture. We are shifting and shaping the look of craft beer and I’m loving it!

What is your favorite beer and food pairing?

Does dessert qualify as “food”? Haha Because if so, My favorite beer and food pairing is going to be Lindemans Kreik Cherry Framboise with chocolate cheese cake. Dom and I created a cherry lambic sauce for our Guinness cheesecake recipe and in short…. It’s freaking delicious!

But if we’re talking “food food” then give me a Lager and a set of fried wings any day to seal the deal! I’m easy to please!

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Beer Selfie Holiday Gift Guide

Sempli

Glassware doesn’t get more gorgeous than this. These unique glasses were each designed to emphasize different beer styles:

The set started with our first straight sided beer glass, the Monti-Birra, which was designed to perfectly hold your 12 oz beer. The conical inverted bottom catches the initial splash of beer and gently leads the head of foam up to the surface. By encouraging the effervescence, the flavors of each individual beer are enhanced. The next glass has a similar design, but slightly bigger; the Monti-Pint, holds a true pint, perfectly measured for larger pours. For Pilsners, we created the Monti-Pils, a glass with a slender tall body that enhances the carbonation in these beers and helps maintain a longer effervescence. For the last glass, we studied and developed the shape of the glass to promote the aeration of hoppy IPA brews. As a result, we created the Monti-IPA, a “zig-zag” shaped glass; when liquid is poured, it is taken on a mini roller coaster ride down the angled ridges.

Every glass is hand-blown from lead-free crystal, which highlights the unique color of each individual beer.

Sempli has the beer glassware set above, or individual glasses. They also make some beautiful wine glasses and accessories, and their lovely Ventri beer bottle opener.

AleHorn

We dare you to come up with a more epic way to drink your beer than AleHorn. No, not coming up with anything? We didn’t think so.

Mankind could make alcohol long before we could make glass, so naturally we used what we could come by as vessels for our ancient fermented drinks like mead, ale, and wine. Not being ones to waste any part of an animal we had worked so hard to hunt or rear, we eventually figured out how to use tools to hollow out the horns of bovines to use as drinking horns, and the rest is history…

Ale Horn has classic viking horns and tankards in multiple sizes. All AleHorns are 100% real, ethically sourced bovine horn and will make you feel like a 100% real viking. They can also engrave almost anything on your horn. Their horns are guaranteed, so if anything happens or you’re not pleased with your horn they’ll replace it.

Use code BEERSELFIE for 10% off.

Rain Taps

Sommerville, Massachusetts artist Ben Lewis transforms beer tap handles into Rain Taps umbrellas by hand. These high quality, classic stick umbrellas are perfect for a walk to the pub on a rainy day.

He also repurposes tap handles into other functional items like bottle openers, pizza cutters and even ice cream scoops. They make great personalized gifts because they can be made out of a tap from the beer lover’s favorite brewery.  He has handles from a range of breweries, large and small.

I Prefer Craft Beer

Whether you are enjoying the latest hyped dry-hopped double IPA or American Pale Ale, hops provide you with the aroma and flavor you seek in craft beer. This new Big Hop T-Shirt design conveys the bold flavors and aromas you seek! It feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It’s comfortable and flattering for both men and women.

You drink local beer, but you need an ultra-premium beverage insulator that is lightweight, collapsible and reduces warming by 50%. Don’t let warming ruin your delicious local beer. Get yourself a Big Hop & Drink Local 16-ounce beer beverage insulator!

I Prefer Craft Beer is best known for their great beer glassware. Their newest addition is this 17 oz. Silhouette Series Stout & IPA glass. It is sturdy, ergonomic, sensory enhancing, and photogenic. This glass features a large bowl and flared lip, which enhances the aromatics of your craft beer. It is also nucleated, which helps concentrate aromatics and accentuating flavor profiles.

A 10% Beerselfie discount code is automatically applied to I Prefer Craft Beer orders via the links above.

Tavour

These guys try thousands of beers from small craft breweries and bring you the gems you can’t get at the store. Their unique twist on a beer club lets you select only the beers you want from a constantly updated selection, and have them shipped for a low flat rate. Help someone get started exploring limited craft beers from all over the country with a gift card, or send them one of Tavour’s expertly curated gift boxes. They currently have seven reasonably priced gift boxes grouped by beer style or region: Pumpkin, West Coast, East Coast, Dark, Sour, IPA, and a mixed set.

Beer Selfie Glassware

If you love to take Beer Selfies we have the perfect glass for you! We’re not saying this glass will guarantee you a repost on Instagram, but we’re not not saying that.

Beer Selfie Clothing

We’ve teamed up with Pop Fever to bring you a lineup of Beer Selfie and craft beer themed shirts and sweatshirts in a few different styles! This is the perfect gear for taking a beer selfie!

The Catalyst

You can now get all the features of a professional conical fermentation system at homebrew scale with The Catalyst. Yeah, the tank is plastic but that keeps the price super low and it’s a medical-grade, BPA-free, polymer that is more scratch resistant than other plastic fermenters. It is dishwasher safe and withstands temperatures of up to 230º Fahrenheit. It’s a 6.5 gallon tank with a 3″ Trub Trap Butterfly Valve designed to work with any large-mouthed mason jar, which makes catching and storing viable yeasts or separating sediment super simple. You can’t beat this combination of function and value!

Gose: Brewing a Classic German Beer for the Modern Era

First the Anderson Valley Brewing brewmaster nailed down this centuries old beer style, helping bring it into fashion in American craft beer, then he wrote the book about it. If you’ve tasted his beers you know: Fal Allen knows his Gose.

Explore the sensation of tart, fruity and refreshing Gose-style beers, popular in Germany centuries ago and experiencing a renaissance today. Follow the development of this lightly sour wheat beer as it grew, then bordered on extinction, before surging into popularity due to the enthusiasm and experimentation of American craft brewers. Gose explores the history of this lightly sour wheat beer style, its traditional ingredients and special brewing techniques. Discover brewing methods from the Middle Ages and learn how to translate them to modern day beer. Learn about salinity, spices, and lactic acid as you experiment with Gose recipes from some of the best-known craft brewers of our time. This refreshing journey captures the innovation and experimentation that is occurring within the style and help you brew your own Gose-style beers.

Amazon Beer Selfie Storeforont

Amazon has lots of beer gifts and we’ve create a Beer Selfie Storefront for over fifty of our favorites including lots of books, homebrewing equipment, clothing, soap, and other great stuff.

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