Beer: A Love Story

WELCOME to the newest section on my site… BEER! I’m passionate about the stuff, and it was brought to my attention that I should write about it if I love it so much. I’m going to try to post my own beer adventures and some VERY informative articles on how to better enjoy and appreciate it! Me thinks SUMMER is the perfect time to take on this endeavor!

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Beer in Iceland

I’m a girl who loves beer. There, I’ve said it. So many women I know can’t stand the stuff, and I understand. I never used to like it either, but times are changing. With the growing popularity of micro-breweries and small batch beer makers, the humble beer seems to have gained a new respect not just in the beer drinkers world, but in the culinary world as well.  You can do beer tastings where your meal is paired with the best beer to complement the flavors. You can try chocolate beer, banana beer and coffee beer. I’ve only tried the chocolate variety so far, and it was… interesting. Beer purists might poo-poo the flavored beers, but sometimes you have to try the strange and different to fully appreciate the simplicity of a really great lager.

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Beer in Bruges, Belgium. I could spend a month here sampling all of their choices.

My relationship with beer wasn’t love at first taste. I used to hate it. I couldn’t believe that people would drink the stuff because they actually liked it! Of course, my only real experience with beer had been in high school where you’d have a warm 6 pack of something cheap and disgusting that you’d chug before you went to to a party or the school dance. Warm beer is never good in my opinion. I realize in some countries it’s supposed to be served at room temp. but I still say EW to that!

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Beer in Munich, my favorite pace to drink. Hefeweizen is my FAVOURITE!

It wasn’t until my mid twenties that I acquired a taste for it, and it was quite by accident. I was camping north of Whistler in a place called Goldbridge. It’s a really cool old gold mining town, and in the summer it can get pretty damned hot. It was one of those stagnantly hot days and we had run out of beverages. We’d only brought up pop and wine, but when we pulled into the small liquor store in town my boyfriend decided it was a beer day and came out with an ice cold 6 pack of Granville Island Pale Ale. That was it – I was hooked. It was SO refreshing. I actually enjoyed the way it tasted! And in that hot hot heat I enjoyed my little afternoon buzz! Yes, beer had made its mark on me, finally.beer

Fast forward to 2011. I left Canada for 6 months to travel in Europe. It wasn’t until I was away from home (and having to eat all of my meals out) that I realized I was drinking beer with every dinner, and almost every lunch (if the weather was hot enough.) It never really occurred to me to drink anything else, because in my mind beer just goes so well with everything! And yes, you can’t forget the refreshment factor. On a hot day nothing else will do!

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Beer heaven in Amsterdam.

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Czech beer is also very good! Kutna Hora, CR.

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Sign me up for a flight of beer!

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In Portugal the Sagres Mini goes down REALLY easily! And it’s so darned cute!

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An expensive but brilliant beer in Bergen, Norway!

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The beer bike in Berlin! No, I didn’t try it, but thought it was hilarious!

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Beer and olives in Seville before the flamenco show.

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My friend Deb and I in Mykonos with a Mythos beer watching the sunset. SO romantic, I know!

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A good pint in Windsor, England.

 

 

14 Responses to Beer: A Love Story

  1. Aggy June 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    I’m a beer girl. I had this honey beer in Poland and it was so so good, then in France they released a special edition of 1664 blanc – with a citrusy lemon flavour gosh I want one now! 🙂

    • Andrea June 25, 2013 at 7:19 am #

      I love a citrusy beer too! The Germans do it well as well! So delicious and refreshing!

  2. Miret June 19, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    So from this I gather that the only thing you doing when traveling is drink beer… correct?!

    😉

    • Andrea June 25, 2013 at 7:19 am #

      LOL! Well, sort of?

  3. Dan @ A Cruising Couple June 20, 2013 at 3:46 am #

    If there is one thing I’ve missed while living in Taiwan it’s microbrews. There’s the national Taiwan Beer and that’s about it. We get imported stuff but nothing like the variety you can find in the States or Europe. Just looking at that flight of beer is making me salivate! :-p

    • Andrea June 25, 2013 at 7:20 am #

      Microbrews are some of my favorites too. Plus, I love to do brewery tours when I can-so fun and taste testing too!

  4. Michele June 23, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    This post made me THIRSTY. 🙂 I love all of these pictures of you and your beer, Andrea. Particularly the one in Munich where a street sign behind you says, “SEX.” Because if there’s one thing that goes with beer… LOL.

    Ian and I just got back from a week in Lille (France) and Brussels and we drank *so* much beer. I really do think the Belgians make the best beer in the world. During that entire week, I didn’t have one hangover, not even a headache. That’s good beer!!

    I remember when we got those beers in Bergen and I thought they were cheap. That’s when you know you’ve lived in Norway too long. 😉 I’m really looking forward to more of your beer posts!

  5. A Cook Not Mad (Nat) July 7, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    We have something in common, we seem to always be ending up in a pub or bar when we’re travelling. No surprise that we ended up working at a microbrewery when we got back 🙂

    • Andrea July 9, 2013 at 5:08 am #

      What better place to put up your feet than a pub I say! I’m getting more and more into beer and who knows, maybe I’ll wind up working at a micro brewery one day too!

  6. Jessica Wray August 12, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    I can’t imagine a world without good beer. There is nothing better than a cold one after a long day of site-seeing!

    Can’t wait to get to Europe to try all those (okay, as many as possible) brews!

    • Andrea September 17, 2013 at 4:45 am #

      The MOST refreshing, no? I need to go back and try a few more…

  7. Girdhar Singh Sodha August 12, 2013 at 6:26 am #

    What about Indian Beer. You should give it a try.
    Coffee Beer and Banana Beer that’s something new.

    • Andrea September 17, 2013 at 4:45 am #

      Indian beer is amongst my favorites… Kingfisher and Taj Mahal in particular!

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