I’ve loved beer for as long as I can remember. OK, that’s obviously not entirely true. I’ve loved beer since I’ve been old enough to appreciate beer, or to be more precise, old enough to appreciate good beer.
I first developed an appreciation for good beer at the turn of the decade, when I moved to the beer capital of the known universe, Belgium. Faced with a bleak economy and few job prospects, I, like many of my fellow millennials, decided to pack my suitcase and emigrate. Having just completed a master’s degree in International Relations, Brussels, being the political capital of Europe, seemed like an obvious destination for an ambitious, beer-loving twenty-something year old intent on changing the world.
Upon arriving in what would be my new home for almost four years, it soon dawned on me that I didn’t speak a word of French. Luckily for me however, through quirk of linguistic evolution, the French translation for beer, ‘biere‘ sounds exactly the same to the naked ear as its English counterpart. Things were looking up. Next in my quest to expand my linguistic armory was ‘Je voudrais‘, which means ‘I would like‘. An extremely useful phrase, which, when coupled with ‘biere‘, conveniently enables one to express ones desire for a beer. Over the course of four years living in a land famed for not only beer but also chocolate, French Fries (which they claim to have invented) and some very peculiar urinating statues, my love of beer grew only deeper and more exquisite.
I now live in London and my passion for beer is as strong as ever. After many years exploring hoppy delights and posting the odd photo on Twitter or Instagram, I’ve decided to put digital pen to virtual paper. I am not the first person to commit to the web my thoughts about the wonderful world of beer and brewing and I’ll certainly not be the last. I do hope however that there is room enough in the beer blogging community for one more!
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