Beers for the non-beer lover

It was definitely a change for me to go from drinking wine or mixed drinks to trying beer. Some peer pressure and some of my own willingness I forced myself to drink it once instead of the usual cocktail. After that night, however, I was a fan of beer. It’s often said that “beer grows on you” and that was the case for me.

Now, four years later I really enjoy trying all sorts of brews. One of my favorite things to do is check out breweries and the variety they have. Among some of the breweries I’ve been able to sample beers include Sam Adam’s Brewery in Boston, Boston Beer Works in Boston, The Great Dane in Madison, Rock Bottom Brewery in the Twin Cities and Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis. From these samplers, along with the many varities my husband has introduced me to, I’ve concluded that I like dark beers and those that are more light, pale ales. I tend to not like the brick reds or overly hoppy beers.

For those who are not beer lovers or are working to try and enjoy a fine brew I’d suggest checking out the following 5 suggested beers. Once again credit goes to Lifehacker for the blog post. You can find the original article “Beers for All! 5 Beers for People Who Don’t Like Beer”  here.

“Once you’re hooked on these, a whole world of beer-appreciation starts to open!” – Emma Christensen, Lifehacker author of “Beers for All! 5 Beers for People Who Don’t Like Beer”.

5 Suggested Beers for those who don’t like beer:

1. Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj – If you’ve only ever sipped big name beers like Budweiser and Miller, this is the beer to try. Pilsner Urquell is THE original pilsner, and it has a sweet mellow flavor (almost like biscuits) with light spicy-citrusy hops. (Also try: Prima Pils from Victory Brewing and Lagunita Pils from Lagunitas Brewing Company)

2. Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb from Paulaner – Hefeweizens are a great starter beer in general, and this is one of the best. This ale is characterized by sweet banana and clove flavors with a creamy, luscious mouthfeel and a crisp finish. (Also try: Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company)

3. Peach (Pêche) Lambic from Lindemans – This is like a ripe summer peach in fizzy beer form. It’s deliciously fruity with a nice sour edge. (Also try: Lindemans Raspberry/Framboise Lambic and Cantillon Cherry/Kriek)

4. Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery – Roasted nut and buttery caramel are the lead flavors here. This is a good one to try if you’re not a fan of bitterness in beer. (Also try: Newcastle Brown Ale and Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company

5. Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company – This is proof that dark beers don’t have to be bitter or burnt-tasting. This milk stout tastes like silky espresso poured over ice and swirled with cream. (Also try: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout)

I think I’ll consider the beers on this list, as well as look through the book I have coming in the mail ” Beer Trials: America’s Most Popular Beers Blind-tasted and Rated by a Panel” before my next trip to the store!

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