The other day, Carol, Garrett and I decided to meet for a beer at the Whole Foods in Tarzana. To our delight, there was a menu board listing the beers available for tasting. We each chose four and they arrived on this small wooden tray.
Apparently, one is supposed to breathe in the fragrance of the beer and comment on the various subtleties of flavors before proceeding to the tasting of the beer. My comment, “It smells like beer.”
Garrett had a small black notebook in which he records his impressions of each beer. I knew that I was sitting with experts but was unprepared for the seriousness with which they approached their brew tasting.
We had a lot of fun tasting and discussing the attributes and distinctions of each beer and ended up buying some to take home as well.