A Quick Introduction

Here there be beer. Ales and lagers; sake and meads and ciders; braggots, gruits, kvasses and sahtis. Ok, mostly ales and lagers. But we'll touch on some of these others, and what makes each one a type of beer (or not).

The term 'beer' refers to any resulting product of a grain-based fermentation process. Basically, adding hungry yeast to sugar-laden liquids will result in a new liquid spiked with alcohol. How much alcohol? That all depends on how much you feed the yeasts. More sugar in the mash = more alcohol in the product.

How did I come to beer? The Alstrom Brothers. Founders of beer-information hub http://www.beeradvocate.com. I had perused their site, checked out the Top 100 Beers page, etc. and was aware of the craft beer movement. At the time, I mainly had tried popular imports and domestic crafts like the New Belgium line, Sam Adams, and Boulevard Brewing out of Kansas City. On a fateful trip to St. Louis, however, I encountered a beer unlike anything I'd had before, and was fated to a life of beer advocacy. Yes, the monks of the Abdij der Trappisten van Westmalle had changed my life, and their Dubbel ale was only the beginning.

Two years, 500+ reviews on Beer Advocate, and probably well over 1,000 beers later, I have encountered Google Sites. We'll see how it goes.

The Alstrom brothers at a beer fest. Used by Creative Commons license from Flickr. Here's a link to a New York Times article about the brothers and extreme beer. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/28/dining/28pour.html?scp=1&sq=alstrom+brothers&st=nyt

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