Craft Beer Challenge

craft beer flight

I find it absolutely amazing and inspiring that so many awesome craft breweries are popping-up all over the place these days. The small-batch , local brews are continuously gaining notoriety, paving the way for newcomers to jump on board with their own concoctions. The success of these companies are a HUGE thing for entrepreneurs and small businesses, giving hope to anyone with the simple idea to craft a tasty beer themselves.

As much as I love the craft movement, I tend to stay loyal to the small breweries I know and my favorite beer, Guinness. Though I try any craft beers I can get my hands on, at times I don’t go too out-of-the-way to actually enjoy the insane amount that are available, and it constantly makes me wonder why.

I’ve decided to embark on a craft beer challenge!

While most women are watching their waistlines in preparation for the summer months around the corner, I will be headed in the opposite direction, sampling as many craft beers as I possibly can, without becoming a raging drunk.

California is home to some of my favorite craft breweries such as Coronado, Ballast Point and more, so I’m really looking forward to branching out away from my known favorites and into the world of the unknown brews! I will also be updating my craft beer consumption list (if I can remember!), and sharing my favorites and not-so-favorites, so keep checking back!

I urge all my readers to join me, raise a pint, and toast to roaming the world of craft beers!

What are some of your favorite craft beers I should be hunting down?

Part of the A to Z April blogging challenge

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You're probably wondering what the heck is a "Roaming Bean"... Given that I am clearly not a Bean, and my name is Jen, what gives with this Bean thing, right? A friend of mine called me JenBean as a child, and it kinda stuck. Actually, it really stuck... even my license plate says Jenbean. And seeing as I have this grand lust to wander the world, The Roaming Bean seemed suitable. I've changed my career path more times than I have my underwear (minus all the times I've gone commando).... from animating, to forensic pathology, to international business, to fashion marketing and even to my wonderful and favorite of the bunch, degree in culinary arts, nothing kept my attention. Nothing was fun enough to do every day for the rest of my life. I mean, even though I cooked for celebrities in the heart of Hollywood, CA, why the hell would I want to sweat my ass off in a ridiculously HOT kitchen for most of the day and go home smelling like beef and onions? And the chef hat?? Do you know what that did to my hair?? Enter traveling.... The rainy day I descended down the tower of Notre Dame in Paris, gripping on to the railing for dear life so not to slip and tumble to an early death from the torrential down pour that was causing a small flood in the stairwell, my life changed. When I safely made it to the ground, legs shaky from an apparent lack of fitness it requires to walk up and down 387 steep stairs, I realized my hands were stained a delightful copper color from the rusted hand rail I had so dearly clung to. Desperate to get the icky stuff off my supple hands, and no running water in sight, I did what any other hopeless idiot would have done: I washed my hands in the nearest Parisian gutter. It was that moment that changed my life... I threw away my hair dryer, my rolling luggage and my dignity. I let my hair go natural, I bought a back pack and I CAMPED through Europe for a month and a half. Yes my friends, I crossed over into a savage traveling beast. Ok, a lot of people travel that way. But I didn't. And I'm so incredibly thankful for that rainy day in Paris that made me realize the world is a pretty sweet place. That realization led me on a quest; a quest to get out there, see things, soak up some local culture and eat my way around the world (with minimal food-related illnesses, such as but not limited to raging diarrhea).

5 Comments on Craft Beer Challenge

  1. I’ve been on assignment in San Diego for the past six months, and have been totally enamored with the craft beer scene down here. Every restaurant down here has seems to have at least one local craft beer on tap, if not a totally local tap selection. And visiting the breweries makes for amazingly fun days!

  2. I recently heard that San Diego has 80, count them, 80 craft beer breweries. In fact two new ones just opened up in our nondescript, non-hip neighborhood. I could do a Craft Beer A to Z three times over.

  3. I am a beer person and with the sweltering summers upon us I’ll think I’ll join you in this craft beer sampling fun! Cheers!

  4. oliviajaynemurphy // April 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm // Reply

    BrewDog UK – great idea by the way!!!

  5. Glad to see you’re more concerned with the finer things in life, and not your figure! LOL! I’ll be doing my best to keep up with you!

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