The whole ‘Craft Beer Epiphany’ concept isn’t new amongst beer nerds. It seems everyone is interested good beer is also interested in THE beer that flipped a switch for someone.
After THE beer, no longer could they look at macro-brewed beer the same way!
Look around. Its all over the place, and for the most part it’s very interesting. For some, it was a defining moment. For others, it was more of a process. For me, it was a little of both.
This website was born in April, 2008. Its original intent was to keep track of the beers that were exchanged amongst several coworkers (The Brew Club) and the idea was that everyone could post their comments and thoughts on any particular beer.
The types of beer that could be exchanged were never limited. If someone brought in Bud Lite Lime, we tried it. Conversely, the same was true for DFH 60 Minute IPA. The beer brought in for exchange literally covered the spectrum from mass-produced to nano-brewed.
Looking back, this was a great way to learn about beer. Before this, I really had no exposure to anything outside of the macro-brew lagers, Heineken, Bass and Guinness, so I was getting a good sampling of everything beer.
Getting to my craft beer epiphany, it wasn’t until November of 2008, seven months after starting this site that I had a truly WOW beer moment. I had a beer style that I never had before, and it simply blew me away when I tried it. That beer was called Mother’s Milk, and its a milk stout from Keegan Ales of New York State.
I was reminded of this little personal beer moment because I happened to see a stack of Keegan Ales product in my local store for the first time! Their stuff wasn’t available in Jersey, and so I haven’t been able to enjoy Keegan Ales Mother’s Milk since 2008! It was a no-brainer that I grabbed a sixer of the elixir (that rhymed!), and went on a short trip down memory lane with the beer that really opened my eyes to how different and deeply satisfying beer could be.
While I had quite a few beers between April 2008 and November 2008, I don’t think I understood enough about beer styles to really appreciate what I was drinking. They were all variations of interesting, but this milk stout was the first beer that truly left an impression.
Since then, I’ve sampled any and all milk stouts that come my way! I’ve even had a couple of them (Left Hand and Lancaster) that I thought were better than Mother’s Milk. Still, this is the beer that kicked the door open for me and so I’ll always hold it in high regard.
What about you? What was THE beer that did it for you?