Yesterday while running some errands, my husband and I went into the Perimeter location of Total Wine & More on a whim. We'd never been in one before because even though we like wine, we're primarily beer drinkers. I can't believe I have never been here before! It is a warehouse-sized paradise of alcoholic delights. They have over 2,500 microbrews and imports! TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED! We restrained ourselves and came out with the following selection:
This place has locations in parts of the Southeast and Southwest. Some carry liquor as well as beer and wine and the prices seem really reasonable. I glanced through their tome of a price list and it has some great higher end spirits, including a single malt scotch my husband has had a hard time finding.
I love beer culture. I find it more accessible than wine culture. And there are so many great breweries right here in the states and Canada, so you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for a good beer. The most expensive thing we bought was a 750 mL Belgian import (the McChouffe), which was $10. It also doesn't hurt that there are lots of great pubs in Atlanta and I am spitting distance from my favorite, the Brick Store, which has two separate bars with lots of great beer on tap. (If you ever visit Atlanta, you have to go here.)
In the spirit of furthering my beer knowledge, I thought I might make a series of posts, each one featuring a certain beer and some info on that type of beer style. I might even expand this to other alcoholic beverages. I think this would be great for my own reference. I wish that when I used to drink more frequently that I had a guide. I was always bewildered by huge selections at bars and way too often ordered something syrupy sweet that I hated.
For the posts, I'm imagining pictures of a specific beer with a flavor description and some info about the style of beer. What do you all think? Would you like to see a recurring feature about beer (and possibly other alcoholic beverages)? Or do sites like Beer Advocate and Rate Beer have you covered?