As we begin the celebration of Craft Beer Week, emotions are running high in the craft beer industry. This is largely influenced by one of the most common questions asked. “What got you into craft brewing?” Or, “How did you get interested in craft beer?” Speaking for myself I got the craft beer bug back in college. I was a member of a fraternity and a few of my brothers had jobs working at a brew pub (yes I know, best college job ever). As an impoverished student, they would bring samples back to the Frat House and there were times when I could scrape together enough money to go and sample a few at the bar. These unique brews provided so much more than the rot gut beer we swilled on a nightly basis (this was 20+ years ago, where every brewery slapped the name “ICE” on their beer and we bought it by the case). I was hooked. I craved more unique beer. It was amazing to see that beers in this country could be individual and tailored by the brewers and had me wanting more. I had only experienced this in Europe while in the military (yes I was in the military before I went to college). This led me to believe that a local craft beer, or individual brew pubs were something uniquely European and did not exist in the US. In my defense it was the early 90’s and I was in my early 20’s.
Now that I have shared the story of how I was introduced to the “pints of pleasure”, what is your story? How did you come to be fan of craft beer? Help us celebrate “Craft Beer Week” by telling the world what brought you to the craft beer movement?