LIFESTYLE ESSENTIALS

So whether you are new to beer or are just looking to up your game, there are number things that you may want to consider purchasing.

GLASSWARE

Now some people drink beer out of a pint glass. This is easily the most popular glass to serve beer in and it truly hurts the experience. The pint glass is a shaker glass and was never intended to be used to serve anything. It was used to help make cocktails. So why are they so bad? You see such a large part of tasting beer comes down to perceiving aromas in beer as you taste them. The pint glass doesn’t have the shape or curvature to make these perceptions effectively.

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These will work just fine to get you going. I have big hands and I struggle with the thin stems. There is chance your hands may warm the beer a bit, but never really bothered me much.


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These glasses will work just fine for just about any beer. The round bulbous shape that helps concentrate aromas is really what you are after here.


BEER CARRIERS

No matter what your plan its, this will make your life easier. I have spent way to much time at beer releases watching grown men and women lapping up beer off the sidewalk because their bottles broke. This just shouldn’t happen.

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These neoprene six pack holders come in real handy while traveling with beer or just transporting from the store to your house.


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Now I know the description says wine, but don’t forget that many rare beers are bottled in 22 oz bottles which is similar to a wine bottle. Nothing worse than spilled beer.


RECOMMENDED READING

Okay now I know it’s hard to hold a beer with a book in hand, but a little knowledge goes a long way here. These are some of my favorites and I still use them today as a resource.

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This is a great book for the beginning beer enthusiast. It’s packed with good information and follows your typical “for Dummies” approach.


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Tasting beer can be a truly wonderful thing. Trust me I do it often. This book will give you the background tactics to make your experience that much better.


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A great introductory book for those beginning their home brewing adventures


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How to Brew is a home brewing favorite of many new home brewers.


THE KEGERATOR

No I don’t know if this is mandatory, but it sure makes my life easier. There are two ways to go about this, you can buy one or get an old refrigerator and make one.

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The lazy done for you approach.


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So this one requires a little work, but if you have an old fridge that you can convert, go for it. This is actually the option that I went for.