I am from Milwaukee. My father - and his father before him - worked in big Milwaukee breweries. I have been of legal drinking age now for most of my life. But what do I know about beer? Not much, I am afraid. Don't get me wrong, I have imbibed a variety of beers over the last few decades and I know what I like - my favorite beers are German-style Hefeweizens - but the world of beer is vast.
A few months back I agreed to be a host of a "beer themed dinner." I needed to learn about beer - in all of its varieties, so I found the work of "the king of hop(s)" Michael Jackson; "Ultimate Beer" and "Beer Companion." MJ took beer seriously, like oenophiles take wine seriously. With his books to help guide me, and a different beer each day, 2013 will be "My Year of Beer."
-Jim from Milwaukee