12 Mar So You’re New To Indiana Beer? Here’s Some Tips To Getting Started!
1. Do some research – Not only about the beer itself, but also where to find it. Some of the best Indiana gems are tucked in places like industrial parks or off the traditional beaten path. If you don’t know where to look, you’ll drive right past it. Some of the first places that come to my mind are Three Floyd’s Brewing, Flat 12, and Devil’s Trumpet.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – It still baffles me that people think craft beer fans have this huge egotistical attitude (that qualifies as a personal problem). I wasn’t born with a palate for Zombie Dust and Dark Lord; it’s something I’ve grown to appreciate over time. I think it’s worthwhile to remember that everyone started somewhere, and it’s never too late to learn something. Asking servers and bartenders for recommendations is one of the best ways to customize your experience. I personally like to know what the specialty drafts are at every bar I go to as they often are limited quantity beers. No question is a stupid question, unless you’re asking for a Bud Light…
3. Flights are your best friend – My personal favorite and a staple of craft beer, flights are an excellent way to sample multiple types and styles. The last thing you would want as a newbie is to rack up a bill of something you don’t truly enjoy. Start with flights or tastings before ramping it up to full pours. Once you find a particular niche or style you like, it may be helpful to read the descriptions often given on the menu to make sure you’re ordering something you will enjoy.
4. It’s okay if you don’t like everything you try – Beer is just like most things in life, one size does not fit all. There are some beers I can’t tolerate more than 4 ounces, and others I wish I could bring the whole keg home. Don’t feel bad if there’s something that you don’t like. The good thing about craft beer is there is a massive variety. I’m a firm believer that there really is a beer for everyone. It’s just a matter of finding it.
5. HAVE FUN – As great as the beer is, there’s so much more this world has to offer. Exploring new places, meeting awesome people, and giving back to local businesses and communities are just some of the additional perks. Most crafty Hoosiers can attest to this statement: it isn’t “just beer”. So what if you don’t know what all those weird abbreviations are. Who cares if you can’t pronounce that one lighter-colored style you love. That’ll come with the territory as you gain more experience. The best thing you can do is to jump right in.
Welcome to Indiana beer, and welcome to Indiana On Tap.