Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Meet the Geeks: St. Louis Edition: Elle Potter

Elle sitting in an Irish pub
Name: Elle Potter

Hometown: Denver, Colorado, now living in St. Louis

Favorite Beer: Schlafly’s Christmas Ale

Favorite Beer Haunt: An Droichead Beag in Dingle, County Kerry – or any other old, dark pub in Ireland.

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think? My college roommate drank Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager – I’d never had more than a sip of beer before college and she (being 3 years older than me) took it upon herself to ensure I didn’t begin my college experience by “drinking sh*tty beers.”

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: Does kombucha count? I mean, I’m trying to brew kombucha, but I keep forgetting about it while it ferments in a dark cabinent.

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? I met Michael and Emily at the pre-Beer Bloggers Conference pub crawl in Portland last August. Michael looks just like one of my second-cousins, so I heard about pdxbeergeeks after I went up to introduce myself (and make sure he wasn’t my cousin). Then he gave me a pdxbeergeek sticker, and I like stickers.

What does being a beer geek mean to you? It means a lot of different things to me, the term “beer geek.” For me, I like to think of myself as a beer geek by proximity – I love people who are passionate not only about the brews, but perhaps more importantly, about the people and culture that surround beer.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? I’d make everyone hold hands and sing Kumbaya. Or better yet, I’d make them all sing karaoke together. Which may or may not accomplish anything, but I think it would be a good time, nevertheless.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? It’s so fun! Portland itself is neat, the people are involved, and the breweries want to share nothing but their best with you. And while I’ve never been a big fan of hops (GASP! Shhhh, don’t tell anyone), every time I sit down with a new IPA to give it another go, I think about all my friends in PDX and it makes it a little more enjoyable to me (:

Where can we find you on the web? You can find me professionally behind the scenes at www.beerbloggersconference.org (I’m community director and logistics manager) and running @beerbloggers. You can find me not so professionally at @theshaktifier and read my inconsistent writing at www.allthelittlebluebirds.com.