I am Thankful For….
Breweries and Craft Beer Bars
As a female, I do not always feel comfortable drinking at a bar alone. However, drinking at a brewery or a craft beer bar alone is a different story. Maybe it’s because I feel confident when ordering. Maybe it’s because beertenders have time to have a conversation with you. Maybe it’s because more than likely I am going to know at least one other person inside. Whatever it is, I am thankful that I will always feel welcomed and have a seat open and good conversation waiting for me at my favorite breweries or craft beer bars.
Everyone has their favorite beer style, and mine would be IPAs. The majority of my craft beer journey has been in Florida, and there is something so refreshing about the bitter, sweet, citrusy taste of an IPA after or during a hot day in the sun. I enjoy other styles of beer, of course, but I am thankful “The Haze Craze” is still a thing, and I can find a juicy IPA almost anywhere I go.
Sadly Covid has taken many things away from us in 2020, Beer Festivals being one of them. I am thankful for the ones I have attended in the past though. I’ve attended large ones like The Great American Beer Festival in Denver and smaller more local based ones in Orlando. I love them all! I enjoy getting to try so many different beers all in one place, I enjoy being with a group of people who enjoy the same thing as me, and I also love meeting new drinking buddies. I really hope 2021 will be the year of the return of Beer Festivals.
I am most thankful though for my friends; especially my friends that I have met through the Craft Beer Community. In fact, 90% of the people I talk to on at least a weekly basis are people I have met at either a bottle share, a beer event, a brewery, or a beer festival. These people have become my closest friends, and it’s more than just the beer that we have in common now. It’s hard making friends when you’re an adult, but it’s a bit easier when you have some liquid courage and an established common interest.
So, what are you thankful for this holiday season? 2020 has been a rough year, but it is almost over, and we will always have craft beer to be thankful for.