About the The Beer Goddess
My appreciation for craft beer began developing while I attended San Diego State University in the mid-’90s. Rearrange the letters in SDSU, and you get SUDS. Coincidence? Or divine inspiration?
Either way, The Beer Goddess was meant to be.
It was in the ’90s when Stone Brewing Company released the in-your-face Arrogant Bastard—blowing all of the San Diego beer-drinkers’ minds. I often hosted small dinner parties with my college friends. I started switching from Keystone Light and Bud Light (we all have to start somewhere, right?) to Bass, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Pete’s Wicked Ale and, of course, Stone’s Arrogant Bastard.
I discovered more taste. I discovered more depth. And dammit, it was good.
However, it wasn’t until 2008 when I began to pour my mind and passion into writing about the craft of craft beer.
“There cannot be good living where there is not good drinking,” was one of many Ben Franklin quotes. My spin off? “There is good living, where there is good beer.”
It was placed there not only as an acknowledgement of my departed father, who idolized Franklin, but as an appreciation of how he exuded a passion for living life to the fullest.
This year, I’ll be celebrating ten delicious, fascinating, entertaining and humbling years in the world of craft beer. Beer is an integral part of the lives of many communities. Hundreds of breweries use local foods and spices that are indigenous to their areas. Craft beer tells a story of the land, of the area and of the brewers.
I’ve met numerous culinary, creative and passionate people along the way, from brewers and bloggers to the folks marketing the beer—and, of course, the craft-beer consumers themselves.
It’s about drinking well. It’s about creating something from the earth. It’s about feeding our economy, one small business at a time. It’s about giving U.S. consumers more choice. It’s about people.
I choose beer like I chose my friends; with style, integrity, quality and character. I advocate and celebrate what’s become known as the “craft beer revolution.”
Ben Franklin also once said, “Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing.”
I hope I’ve done both. See you on August 18th.