Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Meet the Geeks: New Hampshire Edition: Brian Aldrich aka Seacoastbevlab

Brian at Goschie Farms
Name: Brian Aldrich

Hometown: Portsmouth, NH

Favorite Beer: Portsmouth Brewery- Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout

Favorite Beer Haunt:
East Coast- Moan and Dove, (Amherst, MA)
West Coast- Bailey's Taproom, (Portland, OR)

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think? The first craft brew I had was a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. Wow. Can't say that it is anywhere near my favorite beer now but it was and I believe still is an excellent transition beer into the craft brew world.

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: I dabble with homebrewing but until I get a bigger place I only brew about once a year. That Brooklyn 1 gallon kit is very appealing though! I just brewed my first all-grain batch with my dad a couple months ago and it turned out excellent. A super hoppy IPA that tasted better than any homebrew I have had.

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? I met some of you at the Beer Bloggers Conference in Portland and thoroughly enjoyed not just the pdxbeergeek perspective, but ALL of the Portland Beer Bloggers as a community working together.

What does being a beer geek mean to you? Being a beer geek tome means getting excited when talking about beer. I get this rush when I talk about new beer, new breweries and I love talking beer with people. No one one-upping each other. Just a great conversation about beer

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? While this is slowly changing for the better, I would like to see a faster acceptance and appreciation for craft beer. Too many times someone walks into the local brewery and asks for a macro beer. When they are told that only craft beer is available they leave. Come on!

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? Having been there for 6 days, knowing I didn't even scratch the tip of the Beervana iceberg makes me excited to come back. Bailey's Taproom and Belmont Station were my favorite spots that I hit on my trip. Bailey's is the definition of a beer geeks bar, all because of that awesome LCD screen that shows who is drinking in the bar and displaying how much of a certain beer is left, nerd awesomeness.

Where can we find you on the web?
Twitter:  SeacoastBevLab
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Facebook: facebook.com/SeacoastBevLab
Blog: www.SeacoastBeverageLab.com