We live in a golden age of beer and are truly blessed. Never in our lifetimes have we had this level of access to such great beers, and in such a diverse range of styles. But we are also in the midst of a huge craft spirits boom, and ciders are growing at astounding rates too. There is a strong argument to say that craft beer sparked these ancillary movements by turning people onto new flavors, techniques, and ethos of the small producer mindset. But a look at history shows that the wine movement in this country started before craft beer did, even if the production process for wine is much different. Right now there is an interesting overlap between these industries - some of the most popular beer styles these days are barrel-aged beers (bourbon, rum, cabernet, sauvignon, port, sherry, cognac, etc.) and sour beers (similar to some of the sparkling, acid wines). We are also seeing some interesting hybridization of beer styles with cider. Sometimes its hard to tell if a beer is really a beer, or if its a wine, or a spirit.... I will say on a personal level that I used to exclusively drink beer, but over the years all of the bourbon barrel-aging and wild-fermented ciders and wine/beer barrel hybrids I have tried made me extremely curious about these beverages. I'm glad I acted out on my curiosity, for I found that after sampling some of these beverages, you truly can see the similarity of flavor with beer. I recently was given a Basque cider that was spontaneously fermented and was blown away by it - was on par with any sour I've ever tasted. What about you? Did beer make you consume more of wine, spirits, and cider - or are you still almost exclusively a beer drinker?