Last night, I enjoyed a Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Stout.
It’s a simple beer compared to a lot of the stouts that come out today. It’s 5.8 percent alcohol by volume, not even close to an imperial stout. It’s not aged in Bourbon barrels or on oak. There’s no chocolate or coffee added.
It’s just a damn good stout and one I rarely buy. Why don’t I buy it? Mostly it’s because there are just so many new beers that come out on what seems like a daily basis I forget to drink the classics.
I love Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA but I can’t remember the last time I bought it. I haven’t had an Anchor Steam for about a year. A Victory Brewing Company Hop Devil is a beer in my distance memory. A Rogue Dead Guy Ale has not been in my glass forever.
These are the beers that helped introduce me to craft beer. These are the beers that first made realize, “Hey, beer is good. It’s not yellow carbonated water with bad flavor.” These are the beers that led me to develop friendships that were formed over a pint or two.
This is not a complaint about brand new beers. I have tasted numerous new beers that I really enjoyed and I’m glad I can get them.
This is more of a reminder, instead of chasing the latest and greatest, step back every once and awhile and pick up a six-pack of a beer that you really connected with in the early days of your craft beer exploration. Think about a beer that you really loved and you never drink it more and pick one up. You might be surprised about how much you loved that beer.