Welcome to Beer Dads!
When I was growing up my dad was a hardcore Bud guy. I don’t remember him ever bringing home a beer other than Budweiser cans.
I guess you could say he was brand loyal and stuck with what he liked. And that’s not particularly surprising. After all, when he was young there weren’t very many options when it came to beer. After drinking Bud for a few decades he didn’t see much reason to try something new.
When I was old enough to drink, Bud just didn’t do it for me. Maybe it was because Bud was my dad’s favorite and I considered it an “old man’s” beer. Or maybe I just didn’t find the slightly alcoholic water very satisfying.
Like most college-aged drinkers I didn’t have much money, but I still tried to expand my palette with different types of beer…though I still shopped at the cheap end of the beer aisle.
I became a connoisseur of what I considered “slightly better” beers like Yuengling, Miller Genuine Draft, Michael Shea’s, Rolling Rock, and Moosehead. I also fell in love with Guinness Draught, which I still enjoy to this day.
When I began dating my future wife I learned her dad was a beer guy and liked trying new types of beer. Before long I was spending every Sunday afternoon at his house watching sports and drinking beer before a delicious homemade Italian dinner.
We tried lots of great beers and some of my father-in-law’s favorites were Peroni, Grolsch, and Birra Moretti.
Unfortunately he passed away a few years ago and didn’t get to experience the amazing variety of beers that are available today. Pilsners, lagers, oatmeal stouts, Indian pale ales, Marzens, Hefeweizens and more. I think his head would spin if he saw all the options available to us beer geeks today.
My wife and I started having kids and they got involved in all sorts of sports and activities. We made a bunch of new friends, and that’s where my love for beer reached new heights.
While some of our new friends are strictly Miller Lite drinkers, a number of them enjoy craft beer as much as I do. A bunch of us beer dads get together regularly just to try new brews.
We rotate houses so everyone gets a chance to host. And whoever hosts gets to choose the beers for the night.
We go out of the way to choose beers that none of us have tasted before, though that is often easier said than done.
Together, we’re the Beer Dads. And this blog tells our story.