Get Thee to a Brewery

“Variety is the spice of life.” This sage passage from America’s own Mark Twain can be applied to everything from life decisions and—maybe more importantly—to beer. Of course our favorite brands will always be a staple in your fridge, but this season might be the season to tap into a new style of beer.

If you wanted great apples you would go to an orchard. So it follows that if you want to have great beer right from the source, head to a brewery. Breweries everywhere love to have people come in for tours, merchandise and the obvious: free beer. This is a great and inexpensive way to sample different styles of beer, and besides, you may learn a thing or two about the brewing process.

But wait, there’s more! Almost every brewery offers one or two seasonal selections for you and your social circle to savor. So now you may have to visit the same brewery multiple times in one year. Darn.

Breweries don’t have to be a monstrous structure that produces hundreds of thousands of barrels (one barrel = two kegs) a year. You can create your own masterpiece with the drive, ingenuity and around $150. It takes around a month for your homebrew to reach the optimum drink date. When the fruits of your labors are ready, invite some friends over to marvel at and consume your new batch. However, if you value your friendships, it’s recommended that you taste test your batch first. Brewing is a long and tedious process with the potential to go sour at any one moment.

Whether you want to expand your golden horizons, learn more about the brewing process or try your hand at it, just go for it. Mark Twain would be proud.