With age comes understanding, they say, and so comes taste. As you get older, you know what stocks to invest in, how many horses are under your hood and when to plant your habanero peppers. So why not educate yourself on beer? It’s more than just fizzy yellow lagers or dark pints with Irish names. Beer is as complex as your Wall Street portfolio, as detail-laden as your vintage Alfa Romeo, as tasty as your award-winning chili. It’s time to leave 18-packs and college keggers behind and move into the land of 4-packs and caged-and-corked 750 ml bottles. As the managing editor of All About Beer Magazine and a veteran of more than two dozen beer festivals, I recommend these five blessed brews.
1. Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils
From the Longmont, Colorado brewery that first canned craft beer comes this crisp, clean pilsner with a spicy Saaz hops mouthfeel. A sweet, malty backbone and a lawnmower-beer sessionabilty makes it appealing to both working man and bearded hipster. And at a modest 5.3% ABV, you can impress without pickling yourself. More: oskarblues.com