Below is a guest post from one of our fabulous summer interns, Jenny Karson. Admittedly, Jenny wasn't much of a beer lover nor a beer drinker for that matter before joining the team (we know what you are thinking- oh the horror, oh the abomination!)
However, after a weekend in the mountains where we did a beer tasting/education seminar with all our interns (we tasted over 30 different types and brands of that night) and helping us at several Brew Runs where she got a taste of real, hand crafted Colorado brews, we believe we've converted Jenny to the dark side. No seriously, she's found a real love for dark beer!
Here is Jenny's post with some great insights on finding that perfect beer for your non-beer loving friends.
Hey there Non Beer Drinkers, it’s time for you to WAKE UP AND SMELL THE BREWS!! Right now you’re probably reading this, wine in hand while watching Family Feud and thinking that you will never be convinced to like beer. Well stop “WINING” and give a beer a second chance!
I was once a "hater" like you but the more I tasted and the more I learned, I developed an appreciation and even love for the frothy substance. You see, beer is one of the most diverse, complex, and fascinating beverages out there. From chocolatey-sweet to grapefruit- bitter, and all kinds in between; I guarantee you that there is a beer out there for everyone.
These five are a good place to start.
1. Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj
Sure you have tried big name beers like Budweiser and Miller, well this is like those but not so cheap tasting and flavorless. Pilsner Urquell is THE original pilsner, and it has a sweet mellow flavor with light spicy-citrusy hops. Think like your tasting biscuits with a kick to them. Now how can you go wrong with that??
2. Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb from Paulaner
This is a great starter beer in general, and this is one of the best. This ale is characterized by sweet banana and clove flavors with a creamy. It provides a luscious mouthfeel and a crisp finish. (Highly recommended )
3. Peach (Pêche) Lambic from Lindemans
This is your perfect summer beer, and fruity so this one is all the girl’s favorite, including myself. Also the good part is it really doesn’t even really taste like beer! It’s comparable to a ripe summer peach in fizzy beer form. It's deliciously fruity with a nice sour edge.
4. Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery:
This one is for your fall time brew happy hours. Nut Brown beers features roasted nut and buttery caramel flavoring, adding a perfect touch and taste to your buds. This is a good one to try if you're not a fan of bitterness in beer.
5. Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company:
This is proof that dark beers don't have to be bitter or burnt-tasting. This milk stout tastes like silky espresso poured over ice and swirled with cream. You’re going to want refills on this one!
So there you have it, 5 beers for the beer haters. Now put down your wine and start heading out to craft breweries to try these amazing and one of a kind beers. In no time, you will be retired from the wine and on to new and better drinks out there.
- Jenny Karson
RMBR intern and former hater