The World of Craft Beer
So, as many of you know, Brewing Up Style isn’t just about fashion and promoting easy, every day style. It’s also about sharing my love of craft beer. I’m passionate about this because the craft beer community is amazing. Everyone involved is so creative, accepting, and laid back, just like our little community on Brewing Up Style!
I’m also aware that craft beer can be hard to get into. There are so many styles! Where to even begin? That’s why I’m here. I don’t want craft beer to be an exclusive club since there is so much to offer in the community. This list is all about the styles that are easy to drink, easy to like, and the perfect segue into everything craft beer has to offer.
Before we get into the list, I wanted to note that craft beer is very regional. I live in Illinois so I may have access to some beers that other regions will not. So, the most important thing about this list is the style of beer and the tasting notes. Don’t worry as much about the brewery/brand.
Alright! Now we are ready for the six craft beers to drink if you don’t like beer.
1. Original Sin “Pear Cider”- New York
Any easy way to get into the craft beer world is though craft ciders. While Angry Orchard, Redd’s, and Ciderboys are popular options, I actually prefer pear ciders, so that’s why I gravitate toward Original Sin’s version. It’s not overly sweet and isn’t too tart like most apple versions I’ve tried.
2. 21st Amendment “Hell or High Watermelon”- California
Hell or High Watermelon by 21st Amendment is a great wheat beer filled with fruity flavor. It’s a perfect place to start your craft beer journey. It tastes like watermelon juice and is very light. Fruit flavored wheat beers are a great place to start if you’re not sure if you’ll like a certain style.
3. Sierra Nevada “Otra Vez”- California
If you like sour candy, you’re going to love sour beer. The first thing to know about sour beer is that it’s not always labeled “sour beer.” For example, Sierra Nevada’s Otra Vez is a Gose Style beer- usually goses are a sour style. Other styles that have a sour taste include wild ales, berliner weisse, and lambics. Sour beers are very creative and usually come in fruit flavors. A sour beer is always my first pick anywhere we go!
4. Destihl “Amra”- Illinois
Alright, now we are getting into another one of my favorite styles- the India Pale Ale or IPA. IPA’s are bitter like black coffee, but light and crisp like a soda. Sometimes people can be put-off by IPA’s, but don’t be discouraged. IPA’s have a very complex flavor profile thanks to the hops that give the beer it’s bitterness. Try a fruity IPA like mango to start. The fruit helps to smooth out the bitter taste.
5. Founders “Porter”- Michigan
Okay, now we need to have a discussion about dark beers. I’m talking about porters, stouts, and brown ales. To be honest, these beers are usually not my first pick. However, they never cease to surprise me. Porters are especially versatile and come in a wide variety of flavors. The label of Founders Porter says it all: “Dark, Rich, and Sexy.” These beers are smooth and taste like your favorite chocolate candy bar.
6. Wells “Banana Bread Beer”- United Kingdom
This beer is one of my favorites to introduce to people because it is such a premium example of the creativity in the craft beer community. Imagine warm, freshly baked banana bread right out of the oven. That is how this beer tastes. Like I’ve said, it is fun to try different flavor combinations with craft beer. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
So, that rounds out my list of craft beers to try if you don’t like beer. One of the best ways to try a new style is to head to a bar that is well-versed in their craft beers. Most of these bars will offer flights that are smaller pours of beers for $2-$3 so you can try lots of styles without having a whole pint.
The biggest problem that I run into is specifically remembering which beers I really enjoy. Well, there’s an app for that! Check out Untappd– it’s like Facebook for beer. You can look up and then “check in” the beers you are drinking. It is a great reference for later- you can just search a beer to see if you’ve had it already and whether you like it or not!
Feeling inspired? You can also check out my list of Three Beer Cocktails You’ll Want All Summer!
For my craft beer readers: What are your favorite craft beers? What beer got you into craft beer? I’d love to know!
As always, please drink responsibly.