Fermentation may have been a greater discovery than fire.” -David Rains Wallace

My, how things change.  In 2010 I posted a page here about my affectation for cigars.  While I still enjoy an occasional puro, I have cut back from one or two a day (with gusts up to four…or six) to one or two a week at this point.

My new love (read obsession) is craft beer.  A rapidly growing enlightenment is upon us.  The lightbulb went on for me after three events.

  1. In 2010 my son-in-law, Christopher, inroduced me to Belgian Trappist ales.  I was quite intrigued and loved them, but my conversion was yet to come.
  2. In early 2011 I was in a restaurant where a friend ordered a Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, so I did the same.  The overwhelming flavor and bitterness had my attention through the entire pint.
  3. In September 2011, I bought some Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA and underwent the epiphany that launched my quest to experience as many craft beers (specifically IPAs for now) as quickly as I can.

My ongoing video beer reviews can be followed on YouTube –


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