Why I don’t have a long beard

On many occasions I’ve experienced a weird reaction when I talk about my passion for craft beer. I seem to not fit the “look” of the people who they think are into craft beer. The fact is that I don’t have a long beard or wear thick framed glasses, I’m not a hipster, I’m really just a clean-cut guy who shares the same passion for craft beer.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against people who fit that look. In fact, I have many friends in the craft beer community who do look like this and I like them and get along with them just as well as the other half of my friends who look more or less like me. They’re young professionals who love beer and enjoy a higher quality product with multiple dimensions as I do.

My point here is not to put down the look of some of my fellow craft beer drinkers. My point is to bring awareness to the fact that our community goes beyond just the people who look like that. This community is still at a young stage and many people are simply misinformed about what craft beer is and what being a craft beer aficionado really is. This community in my opinion does not have boundaries; it ranges from people of all races, any gender, any ethnicity, any age group and any social circle.

Who is craftbeeray?

I’m originally from the beautiful city of San Diego but currently a transplant in Cincinnati. A city that has treated me well and taught me a whole new side of the country and way of life I was never aware of. My heart will always be in San Diego, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have enough love to go around to call any place my new home.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in graphic design but I’m currently a digital marketer, branding expert, social media manager and lover of the internet. Other passions besides craft beer include art, photography, technology, business, entrepreneuership and the constant thirst for new knowledge.

My passion for craft beer started five years ago while living in San Diego, aka “The Craft Beer Capital of America.” I’ve always enjoyed having a few beers with friends in the past but when I discovered craft beer it just opened up a whole new world for me. I absolutely love trying new beers on a regular basis and discovering the uniqueness of each beer. The industry continues to change and with that change new flavors and different combinations occur which continue to keep me interested in exploring new beers. Every day more and more people from all walks of life continue to have an interest in craft beer which is a good indication that this industry will continue to strive and stay alive for many years to come.

I hope that when people read this post they realize the craft beer community continues to expand and reach more and more people every day. I hope that people start to understand that this community has no boundaries and it is not prejudice against anyone. That just like breweries collaborate with each other to bring us great beer, we as a community can all share the same passion for great beer and get along. Most importantly, craft beer drinkers are not just one single group. We are college students and we are doctors. We are poor and we are rich. We are men and women. We are black, white and every color in between. And finally, some of us have long beards and some of us don’t.

If anyone has had any similar experiences as me, I would love to hear about it in the comment section below or if you simply want to say hi to me, you can find me on Cheers!

For the record, my favorite beer of all time thus far is Oskar Blues’ Ten Fidy.