February 14, 2011

How I fell in LOVE with CRAFT beer #3: Melissa Ward

"There was this guy I liked. I really, really liked. Liked enough to choke down a rocks glass of Scotch one night. Liked enough to check out "Battlestar Galactica." And liked enough to check out the Brandywine Craft Brewer's Festival at Iron Hill Media in 2007.

I honestly wanted to learn more about beer, and figured it would be a good thing to have in common with the guy if my interest took off. It would add to our shared delights in music by Jonathan Coulton, cooking, Homestar Runner and general geekdom.

It was a pleasant Saturday. We arrived with our tickets, got our map, and I marched us systematically from booth to booth (because I like having a system and I didn't want to miss ANYTHING). I described the flavors I was tasting to the best of my ability, and he explained further when I had my "je ne sais quoi" moments. I drew smiley faces next to the beers I liked (there were a fair bit of smileys on that piece of paper) and only poured out my sample glass once.

Rain began drizzling, but no one at the festival noticed. We were all having a great time, sampling, laughing, grooving to the band. The fest came to a close, but I knew there was a lot more about craft beer I wanted to learn about. I was in love—with craft beer and the guy.

A year later, I brewed my first homebrew with the guy, and a year and a half after that, I married him. 

Melissa is also co-author of the blog, Bathtub Brewery and a contributor to Ladies of Craft Beer.

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