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Poo-Bah, Male, from New York

  • About

    December 11
    New York
    My interest in craft beer all started in the back lounge of The Ginger Man in New York City. Today one might consider a bar with 60 taps plus a large bottle list to have an impressive selection, but back in 2000 this amount of beers to choose from was practically unheard of. I was overwhelmed by the beer menu but fortunately had a good friend to offer advice on selections. Once I randomly picked a beer and he said, "If you really want hops, you should order the Victory Hop Devil." I took his advice and never regretted the decision.

    My formal beer education began with five annual tastings leading to a MBA (Masters in Beer Appreciation) certificate from the Brooklyn Brewery in 2004. Instructor Michael Jackson autographed his book for me with "Try 'em all!" Since then, I try to keep an open mind and sample as many different beers as possible. Since I've tried a lot of beers and styles, many people ask me what my favorite beer is, but it really depends upon the moment. In general, these are the styles I tend to enjoy the most:
    • American Wild Ale
    • Belgian Strong Dark Ale
    • Berliner Weissbier
    • Dubbel
    • Flanders Red Ale
    • Gueuze
    • Quadrupel
    • Rauchbier
    • Stout
    When I go on vacation, I try to sample local beers or those that are not distributed in my area. My notable trips have included:
    • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Asheville, North Carolina
    • Dublin, Ireland
    • Düsseldorf, Germany
    • Köln, Germany
    • Montréal, Québec, Canada
    • Munich, Germany
    • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Portland, Oregon
    • Prague, Czech Republic
    In addition to beer, I also enjoy cooking and pairing pairing beers with food. After having attended a number of beer dinners in New York City, I started cooking dinner for friends and creating my own beer and food pairings. I've found that my beer tasting notes really come in handy when I'm preparing menus and trying to remember the particular flavors.
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