Saturday, September 4, 2010

Beginnings

Locator map for Prince Edward IslandImage via WikipediaIn the last few years, it has been an unwritten (but well-known, and thankfully wife-supported) goal of mine to have as many different beers as I can. That's about as far as it went. I liked beer, and I liked the bottles and cans. I didn't do it aiming to expand, consciously, my beer palette, or to learn a lot more about beer in general. These things, among others, though, have come along with it.

My simple beer-related goal has some challenges, though. I live on a place called Prince Edward Island. It's a beautiful spot. Great food, scenery, and pace of life. There isn't much beer variety, though. I think I can count on two or three fingers the number of pubs in town that make their own beer. The liquor stores here also have a selection that is much less diverse (understatement) than what is available on the mainland. I know this is due to population, sales, and whatnot... but it's still sad. They have made strides in the last year, bringing in such good beers as St. Ambroise's Oatmeal Stout, and Orval this past month, for example. As long as they keep changing selection, this is a good thing. Mainly, though, I am forced to buy interesting beer in other provinces or abroad.

And here we are. I have been reading the reviews of others, taking pictures, taking notes, and have some material to get me going. The blog plan is simple: post simple reviews with just enough info to sum up a beer. I'm not going to get all technical and haughty about it. I don't think that's what beer's about. I will also post (and link to) things that help the average beer drinker graduate from mass-produced brews to finer things. This is a record of my own selections, but I also want to help give better beers some momentum around here.

Cheers.
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