Welcome to my beer journey.  As we get started, I’d like for you to know a little about me and a lot about what I’ll cover and highlight on BGB.  I’m just a normal guy.  I like beer … a lot … and often (in moderation, of course.)  There are scores and scores of blogs and websites that are dedicated to beer in all its glory.  They are of a very high quality and include great volumes of information about International Bitterness Units, floral notes, brewing styles, etc.  It’s all well and good … except for so many of us who have no idea what any of that means!  This is an average Joe beer blog, written by an average Joe for average Joes.  I’ll tell you what I like and what I don’t like and why, but only in layman’s terms.  I’ll leave the fancy descriptions to the real experts.

So let’s start by discussing what is likely the greatest birthday present in the history of mankind.  I recently turned 40, although I don’t feel any older than 39, and my wife took the prize for “Greatest Wife Ever” with this: 40 days of beer for the 40 days leading up to my 40th birthday.  On day one, I didn’t yet fully understand how awesome this idea was. Only in the coming weeks could I appreciate what a tremendous six weeks I was experiencing.  What she had done was spent months getting 40 different friends of mine to schedule one of those 40 days as theirs: they were to bring me beer(s), take me out for beer(s) or do something else beer-related.  There was even a place for people to designate their beer of choice so that there was a limited amount of overlap.

And so it began on Day One at Taco Mac, the world’s finest dining establishment (that ranking has nothing to do with the fact that they have hundreds of beers on tap or in bottle.  Simply incredible.)  I began my 40th-beer-saga with a Blue Point Double Blonde and a Clown Shoes Brown Angel.  The Blue Point Double Blonde was quite nice.  It was not overpowering at all, but had a nice flavor to it – not heavy at all.  It is one I would order again.  The Brown Angel was a nice juxtaposition to the earlier beer.  This was much darker (nearly black) and had a heartier, more powerful flavor.  This is not the beer I would choose to break someone out of their Michelob Ultra tendencies.  I enjoyed it, but I don’t think I could have more than one at a time.

This is Day One of blogging for me.  Let me know what you think!  And certainly invite your friends to follow along.  I’ll try to get a post out once a week (or more once I get to a bazillion followers.)  Thanks for reading!

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October 1, 2013
Mike Pennington

Author: Mike Pennington

Mike Pennington, normal, 40-ish, father of three, living the suburban dream north of Atlanta.  

2 Replies to “The Journey Begins”

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    Stephanie Parker says: October 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Congrats on the new blog! I added you to my feedly reader. Can't wait to hear about your life journey with beer!

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    Mike Pennington says: October 1, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    To get a follow and a comment from THE "Plain Chicken" … my life is complete!

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