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    I have grown up with craft beer in the house as long as I can remember it being available. My father has been a strong fan since this movement started. No matter how hard I try I cannot get past the hops in the American craft beer scene. It's nothing to do with conditioning my palette. Trust me I have tried for over 20 years. I have endured weeks on end with nothing available but American craft options, it doesn't help. All I can do is long for the quality that I can't find here in the States. I am in a region of New England where you are more likely to see a space alien than a bottle of Hofbrau Hefe. You might see 149 varieties of craft singles (at a corner store no less) and only Heineken available to represent Europe. I am not surprised people get "conditioned" to like this stuff. But imo it doesn't mean it's good! I think that beer preference is a lot more individual than people realize and that reviews and scores need be taken with that grain of salt.

    One month out of every year I live in Czech Republic and tour alone (and sometimes with friends) by bicycle. I seek out breweries, pubs and vineyards (if in the south). My father in law helps me to discover the best beers freshly tapped in the farm areas and small villages. It's truly insane how often imperfection gets dumped or returned there. The beer snacks, breads, little sausages alongside... you simply can't beat this type of beer drinking imo.
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