Getting Started – Real Beer Blogging

I’ve only been drinking craft beer for about 3 or 4 years.  I graduated college 14 years ago – where back then – craft beer wasn’t really a thing that was readily available, even in New York City. Sure there were Belgian beers here and there – or maybe an Old Speckled Hen here and there – but it was college – we didn’t have a ton of money so coors and bud were what you drank. I hated the taste of that stuff – still do. Fast forward about 10 years, past a cider phase, past a malt beverage phase, past a gin and tonic and vodka drink stage to a trip to Belgium – Bruges to be exact. It was at Brasserie Cambrinus where I sampled sour, fruitier beers like Delirium Red and Fruli – and then on the Half Moon Brewery to sample Straffe Hendrik (tripel and quadruple). Right then and there – the palate started evolving and appreciation started to happen – and then it was all down hill and now I have a beer blog!

So a few years ago – I start a Tumblr blog – GrantDrinksBeerNow.com – focused on purely good photos of the beer I’m drinking and the glass I poured it into. Kept it simple, new beer, photo, new beer, photo. I didn’t delve into likes, dislikes or opinion – just kept it photo blog simple. 360 posts and over 900 followers later – I wanted to expand the Tumblog into a real blog. The plan is to keep the easy photo content active and expand to longer form posts. I want the writing to be focused on New York City Beer Blogging, but also talk about my travels and the beer I uncover in my travels. I also have my wife, Theresa, here to chip in with writing – bringing more content around the beer lifestyle and its connection to food. It’s going to be great! I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as I will.

Pere Jacques 2013 – Goose Island

Belgian White Coffee Stout (#65) – Big Alice

Delirium Red – Delirium

La Chouffe – Brasserie d’Achouffe

Kerst – Smiske