IPAs have been a consumer staple of the craft beer community for some time now, and there are some people who swear by them. They love the style’s bitterness, complexity, and overall dependable enjoyability. IPAs are not going anywhere anytime soon, and they shouldn’t. That being said, some people only drink IPAs and have not really delved into other styles. They’re missing out.
There is so much more out there for beer lovers. If you drink IPAs, you most likely already have a refined taste for beer, but sometimes even such a diverse and reliable style can be a bit exhausting. After awhile, your taste for them might wear down.
If you’ve never thought you might wish for something else, you’re in luck. There’s a wonderful variety out there waiting to be discovered. This might be the best time in history to experiment outside of your comfort zone when it comes to craft beer.
New Year, New Beer
Personally, I drank IPAs exclusively for a very long time, but then I started to get the feeling that they all tasted the same. I knew this wasn’t true, but discovered that I needed a break to try something else.
I did some digging around at my local supermarket in the “pick-a-six” section and I stumbled upon Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Edmund Fitzgerald porter. I had never tried a porter before, but I thought it was the best thing I had ever tasted. It was bitter enough to satisfy my tastes, but it was so different from what I was used to.
The Edmund Fitzgerald porter was bitter, yet sweet with hints of chocolate and coffee. This started my transformation into trying every style of beer that I could find.
Recently I have been enjoying a lot of barrel aged imperial stouts that only get better with age. Originally, my love of beer started with Goose Island’s original IPA and I can not be more grateful. It started a hobby that I am certain I will enjoy for years to come, including me deciding to move on to a larger range of beers.
Where to Next?
It sounds like a cliche, but the best advice I ever received was to go anywhere and try anything that looks interesting for you. I believe there is a brew out there for everyone, you just need to find it.
Nowadays, there are so many craft breweries that there is no scarcity of beer to try. Of course it depends on where you live, but generally even your choice of uncommon craft beers is plentiful.
Even if you aren’t tired of your go-to IPA, I urge you to try something else. There is more than one beer out there for everybody, it just may take a bit of experimentation to find out what you like and what you don’t.
If you take this route, you will not love every single beer that you try, but you will find a few hidden gems along the way. If you’re anything like me, your journey may even take you to places you didn’t expect.
Beer is what originally interested me in writing, but now I write a lot. It’s funny how a simple little twelve ounce beverage inspired me to start my writing career. I can whole-heartedly say that it was well worth the effort, time, and money spent.
I hope you all try something new in 2019 and have a great year while doing it!
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