My name’s Justin, and I am a Regular Guy. I titled this post “Beer Noob,” but really I should have titled it “Good Beer Noob.” See, I’m no stranger to drinking beer, but up until we decided to start brewing our own beer, I had never really left my comfort zone when it came to buying and drinking beer. I occasionally bought a six pack of Boulevard Wheat, but I stuck to the beers that you can buy a 30 pack of for $15.

Before we brewed our first batch, we did a lot of “research.” Luckily we had a liquor store in town that let you mix and match and create your own six packs from any beer they had on the shelf! This came in handy for trying new beers. Now, Brian and Seth (the other Regular Guys) have a much more experienced palate than I do when it comes to beer. They had tried a number of the beers we used for “research” and knew a lot more than I did about the different styles of beer. With them as my guide, I jumped head first into the world of good beer!

My mind was blown! Did you know that beer has flavors and aromas? I was hooked. All I could think about was brewing our own good beer! We are now three batches in and I’m starting to get the hang of it. Recipes are starting to make sense, the hydrometer is getting easier to read, I’m constantly thinking about ways to experiment with different beers. I’m excited, and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us!

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