The Ultimate Guide on How to Like Beer

Enjoying Beer

Believe it or not, I did not always like the taste of beer. It was frustrating because I wanted to like it, but couldn’t stand that “beery” flavor. Everyone said that eventually I’d acquire the taste, but that didn’t look too promising.

My problem was solved when I discovered that instead of draining can after can of yellow fizzy beer until I “acquired the taste”, the real key was trying the many other (better) styles until I found one that I loved. It turned out that expanding my variety not only got me to like beer, but to become a connoisseur.

Beer Newbie Missions: Your Roadmap for Liking Beer

If you don’t like beer, it’s probably because you’ve been drinking the wrong types. I’ve laid out a plan to change all that by getting you to try higher-quality craft beer. This 5 part series will provide you with a step-by-step strategy for becoming a fan of the suds.

The mission are made up of two parts:

  1. An action you will take to expand your knowledge and give you a taste of beer culture. These are fun and easy missions that I’ll walk you through with specific examples.
  2. The Beers to Buy section where I will announce the beer styles for that mission, with a few commercial examples for each. Instead of overwhelming you right off the bat, we’ll start off with lighter-flavors and then get more extreme. This strategy will help you acquire the taste, rather than be revolted by it.

Ready to go? Thirsty? Let’s get started!

Start off with the introduction post: The Jack Bauer Guide for Beer Noobs

  1. Mission 1 – Find Where to Buy Good Beer; Pale Ale, Wheat Beer, Pilsner
  2. Mission 2- Learn How to Take Beer Tasting Notes; Stout, Brown Ale, Amber Ale
  3. Mission 3 – Tour a Brewery; IPA, Doppelbock, Saison
  4. Mission 4 – Pair Beer with Cheese; Double IPA, Lambic, Belgian Dubbel
  5. Mission 5 – Cook with Beer; Russian Imperial Stout, Barleywine, Beglain Quadrupel

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Becky September 28, 2010 at 8:15 am

So very true! When I met my now-husband, I met some of his friends at a brewpub. I told him “I don’t like beer.” I was talking about Keystone and Rolling Rock and Coors, etc. Using those as examples, I still don’t like beer. I think I chose a beginner’s beer, a golden ale or lager, that day. It was ok, but I distinctly remember trying his porter. It was dark and tasted faintly of coffee and I really liked it! I didn’t turn into a craft beer geek overnight, but my interest was piqued. Less than two years later we began to travel around to brewpubs specifically to try different styles. That was 13 years ago and counting.

Billy Broas September 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm

@Becky A ton of people have gone through your exact same experience. When they say “I don’t like beer”, they’re almost always referring to the yellow fizzy stuff, not high quality craft beer. I really think there is a beer for everyone, and sometimes it takes a while to find one that really makes it click. That beer was the porter for you. It was Hobgoblin for me. Sounds like you were hooked also after that experience. Thanks for sharing your story!