Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Interview Series : Meet the Geeks : Florida Edition : Rick Andrews

It's our friend, Rick! A Florida Beer Geek!
Name: Rick Andrews

Hometown: Stratford, CT (now reside in Nokomis, FL)

Favorite Beer: Love hoppy beers and Belgians the most. Can’t pin me down to just one beer, but if you’re buying...
Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale (when I can get it)
• Belgian Tripel or Belgian Strong Ales (for pleasure)
Sierra Nevada Torpedo (any day of the week and twice on Sundays)

Favorite Beer Haunt: World of Beer, Sarasota. 40 taps, 500 beers and a great loyalty club.

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? Wasatch Polygamy Porter back in 2002

What did you think? Beer can be very tasty when you switch up from the available lagers. I had always looked for different beers, but a trip to Utah turned me into a microbrew fan.

Do you homebrew? Yes. Began brewing just in the past 12 months.

Favorite homebrew to date: Just started and haven’t really got past extracts yet. Pro brewers still are my heroes.

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? I have followed on twitter and then got to meet folks associated with the group on a recent trip to Portland for the 2nd Annual Beer Bloggers Conference.

What does being a beer geek mean to you? I will answer that by stating others have said I can always be counted on to sneak a beer reference into what ever conversation is going on at the moment. Hafta’ admit, that is pretty geeky.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? Give beer the same respect as other alcoholic libations (such as wine & spirits) by removing arcane laws that prohibit ABV levels, bottle size and shipping rules.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? In most beer cities, you can go out on a pub crawl. In Portland, you can go out on a brewery crawl. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

Where can we find you on the web?
Okay, but you asked for it…
Ales from the Crypt : Blog & Twitter
Firkin' Around: Blog & Twitter
email: Rick