Beer savvy… it’s not just for men anymore

Christina was working in a beer bar as a bartender, when she began exploring the finer nuances of each beer she was selling.

“I realized that no one knew about beer and all of its great qualities and how it paired better with food than a lot of wines did,” she said. “I started making it my life and nerded out on beer. I started home brewing, visiting breweries, and tasting beers from all over.”

Christina quit her job with nothing lined up other than her projects and her intention to synthesize the ten years of bartending experience she had with her passion for writing.

“I have a degree in Journalism from Indiana University, and there was something about food and beverage that I really like,” she said. “There was a reason that I was writing all the time, and when I realized my interest in beer it all came together. As soon as I decided what I wanted to do, a flood of opportunities just came my way: book opportunities, writing opportunities, restaurant opportunities.”

Christina noticed a lot of women said they didn’t like beer, or that they would only drink light beer. She was convinced it was because they had a misconception of beer; they didn’t know what beer could taste like. They were never exposed to beers that had wonderful complex flavors like hazelnut, creamy chocolate, or spicey lemongrass.

“I am a believer in responsible drinking and one of the things about people who are paying attention to tasting the nuances of beer is that they are not drinking it as fast; it is not something where you do not care about the flavor. You are pairing it with food, so you are appreciating the flavor, texture, the beginning, the middle, and the end of the beer.”

Christina started feeling like she was an ambassador for beer. She started to love her job and enjoy herself more. When you start doing something you love, a mental transformation takes place. You become more peaceful and healthy.

“Learning about beer for me made me more valuable to my job and also opened up a whole new world for me,” she said. “Truly it was risking something, taking off of the training wheels. Before I would have so much self-doubt. I thought my idea was crazy and didn’t think anyone would be interested in it, but the more I just relied on what I had seen I realized that I really did have a good idea. The difference really is confidence.”

Head on over and quench your thirst on Christina’s beer blog, where she covers cool events, samples new brews and suggests fine beer-entrĂ©e pairings.

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