I hope it's alright to post something like this here; I didn't see an introductions forum, and I thought it would be neat to connect with anyone local to me. Anyways, a wee bit about me...I'm a radchemist (radioactive chemistry) at an environmental laboratory here in Sheridan, WY. I love horses, cooking, motorcycles, camping, hunting/fishing, and most things related to beer. I started out as a Bud Light girl, to be entirely honest. Beer was a means to an end in college. But within the last year and a half or so, I have discovered craft beer. Casual enjoyment turned to interest turned to passion. My boyfriend and I homebrew, which I find especially fascinating from both a culinary aspect as well as scientific. And I of course love the end product. My current pursuit in homebrewing is to learn the characteristics of all the various ingredients. I want to be able to taste Fuggles hops versus Cascade hops or even various yeast strains. From a culinary standpoint, I know what various spices (coriander, turmeric, rosemary, etc) taste like, what they will do to a dish, and how to use them in a recipe. But I can't yet say that about specific brewing ingredients. So I have been honing my palate, and we have also started SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hops) homebrews. Obviously, one is brewing a beer with just one grain type and one hop strain. Pale grain and Cascade hops, for example. Not especially exciting or complex homebrews, but the purpose is to learn the ingredients. And something to throw in the kegs. Anyways, I LOVE Wyoming. It's an outdoor paradise. But it's unfortunately lacking in the craft beer scene. We have a fair amount of craft brews, but we just don't have the population to support a wide variety. I have Black Tooth Brewing Co in town which has very solid beers, and they're establishing a respectable reputation for themselves. That said, they're having a hard time keeping up with the production of their flagships, so they don't have much room for much experimentation. I get tired of drinking the same four or five beers from the same brewery. Our selection in liquor stores is also tragically limited. So, we make the best of it, travel on brewery tours when we can, homebrew our own variety, and keep friends in Colorado Anyways, hope to see you all around the forum.