The Crafty Beer Girls are Utah based missionaries of beer, here to entertain, educate, and encourage the love of the brew. With the help of Red Rock Brewing Company in Salt Lake City, these fine “sisters” will cover the fresh and the new, along with the history of beer and the industry surrounding it. They hope to make a believer out of you!
Red Rock Beer Store
I drink beer. I brew beer. I write about beer. I believe a good beer is best enjoyed with a friend, and an amazing beer is best enjoyed selfishly in your own home… unless your friend has their own bottle. It’s been a long road of waiting tables, pushing retail, and laboring in warehouses, but I finally feel I’ve found a purpose instead of a job. The buzz isn’t just from the beer, either. When everyone around you is happy to be doing what they’re doing – buying beer, making beer, selling beer – the smiles rub off on you, and then you’re sucked into the business. Of course it can’t all be puppies and sunshine, but that’s what the beer is for, right?
I grew up as an East Coast native sandwiched between New York and Philadelphia. We have the best pizza, cheese steaks, and bagels. I miss them dearly, but that makes them taste even better when I visit back East. I can never get enough! I’ve also lived in Oregon, spent a year in Australia, and a summer working in Glacier National Park, MT. And the best thing about traveling? I know I’m bound to find beer, and usually good beer, anywhere I go – my home away from home. Search wide, drink deep, and share often!
Breakfast Beer: Left Hand – Milk Stout Nitro
Lunch Beer: Firestone Walker – Easy Jack Session IPA
Dinner Beer: Brewery Ommegang – Glimmerglass Saison
After-Dinner Beer: Tenaya Creek – God Of Thunder Baltic Porter
One Beer Every Day For The Rest Of My Life: Ayinger – Oktober Fest-Märzen
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As a Utah native, I spent my youth playing in the mountains and drinking Tang. Now that I’m grown, I still play in the Utah mountains, but I drink beer instead of Tang. Beer is one of life’s pleasures, and I enjoy it after a mountain bike ride, after a day on the slopes, summer, fall, winter, spring; it’s always good! My Mom taught me about the four food groups and the importance of a balanced diet. I’d personally add a fifth food group and call it beer because you can find one to go with any dish, and it just makes everything better. If I wasn’t a massage therapist, I’d probably be writer. Since my passion for beer bleeds through into all facets of my life, writing about it is the fantasy job I’ve always dreamed of.
Throughout my beer drinking career, I’ve gone through many phases of beer style favorites. I graduated from the safe beers of my youth (champagne of beers anyone?) with the discovery of stouts and porters. After that, I developed a love for nut brown ales and barleywines before moving on to my current IPA darlings. With my obsession for hops firmly established, I shied away from Belgians, which I considered too sweet. But, to my delight, I’ve found an incredible array of flavors in Belgians, saisons, and farmhouse ales not to be missed! So I’ve decided not to limit myself. I find myself diving into lagers and pilsners that I’d long avoided, associating them with cheap, domestic beer. I live on the wild side with Bretts and sour ales that tease the tongue with funky flavors. There are so many good quality craft brews available in every style, it’ll take a few lifetimes to taste them all. But, I just might die trying.
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