About the Blog
This blog is a lot of things: It’s a scratch pad and a learning journey. What goes down here is an ever-evolving journey of opinion.
Regardless of how it might seem, the craft beer industry is very young and it’s just learning its place in the world, even as the world is going through non-stop changes and revolutions. 200 years ago, this country wouldn’t have know what a light lager is. 100 years ago you would have been hard-pressed to find a porter, the most-popular ale of our forefathers. 50 years ago there were something like 35 breweries in the U.S. making 4 styles of beer. Today, we’re still trying to figure out what the definition of craft beer is much less its place in the world.
I’m working on a start-up brewery of my own, and while I do that I’m going to have countless points where I learn a new piece of information, form a new opinion and then contradict myself entirely. I am going to make mistakes and great discoveries, and all the while, I’m going to put my thoughts forth here, because sometimes you just need a creative outlet. This is my creative outlet.
Why should I read it?
Because you like beer. Because you like business. Because I make you laugh. Because I make you angry. Because you agree with me. Because I’m dashingly handsome. Because you disagree with me. Because you’re bored. Because I’m wrong. Because you need something to while away those last 10 minutes of the work day. Because you’d like something to talk about at the bar tonight. Because you love leaving anonymous flames on the internet. Because you know me. Because you’d like to give me money, but you want to know more about me first. Because you’re my mother. Because it’s here.
Pick a couple. Go crazy.
Erik Lars Myers is a beer geek, a computer geek, and a word geek. Put those all together and it seems almost natural to have a blog. Erik has been appreciating craft brew for the past 15 years, and making a fair share of his own for the past 11. The future puts him squirreled away behind his own mash paddle to make beer for the masses. Until then, he has chosen to subject the denizens of the internet to his vast and varied array of speculation on his favorite topics. Always opinionated, almost never wrong, he is happy to lend his voice to any forum that doesn’t echo too obviously.
Erik makes his home in Durham, NC, home of one of the most outstanding emerging beer cultures in the country, and has worked with the North Carolina Brewers Guild on their website, NCBeer.org. He has worked alongside Sean Wilson of Fullsteam as an Executive Editor for the national re-launch of Know Your Brewer (now, sadly, gone away), and he is a Certified CiceroneÂ® and is currently in the midst of starting his own brewery, Mystery Brewing Company.
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