I love talking about craft beer with anyone who is interested in the topic.
I became obsessed after living with a close friend for a number of years who also happened to own a small home brewing setup for beer and wine. It was fascinating watching him in the kitchen with those large glass jars of dark liquid that would eventually become these delicious varieties of booze that rivaled the craft beers we would purchase from the local liquor store. I remember one time my friend was slightly offended by another student at school that claimed his beer was “weak” and “didn’t hit hard enough” compared to higher alcohol per volume varieties from the store. It’s a misunderstanding that alcohol content determines the quality of the beer at hand, especially since beers are loaded with terpenes which contribute to the overall feeling of the “buzz” or sensation of intoxication. If you use unique ingredients in your brew, you could produce an extremely unique and flavorful terpene profile. I’d much rather have beer that is made with this attention of care opposed to the highest ABV levels possible. The same goes for my cannabis products. I’m not the only person who insists that the THC content is a lot less important than the terpene content in a cannabis product. This is particularly true with cannabis flower products and concentrated extracts. The qualitative effects of one strain versus another are determined by the unique terpene profile of each strain, as well as the amount of terpenes present altogether. My favorite terpenes are myrcene and limonene.