Wine was my first love. Beer is my true love.
From retail to restaurants to winery work, I spent six years pursuing a career in wine. I had the honor of being trained by one of the worldâ€™s few Master Sommeliers, and even moved to California specifically to work in the wine industry.
Wine fascinates me. It gets me excited. I absolutely adore wine.
And if it wasnâ€™t for wine, I might never have uncovered my love for craft beer. Studying wine helped give me an understanding and appreciation for well-crafted alcohol beverages. Wine trained my palate and taught Â me how to taste and pair.
One of the beers that helped me make the leap to craft beer was Dogfish Headâ€™s Midas Touch, an usual grain and grape hybrid, made from an ancient recipe that scientists were able to recreate from alcohol residue found in King Midasâ€™s tomb. The flavors blew me away. It was rich and vicious, almost Sauternes-like, yet bright, refreshing and bubbly.
Midas Touch was, in a sense, the gateway beer that led me to seek out and try craft beer. From there, I uncovered a passion for hops, a love of rich, dark malt and a fascination with wild yeast beersâ€”all because someone decided to infuse beer with wine.
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