What is Uncap Brews all about? Well, it starts with me, since I AM the mind behind it.
A Crafted Faith
Growing up, alcohol, let alone beer, was not a beverage that was kept in the house, ever. My parents were of the Christian faith and had no interest in it, so neither did I. Without turning this into a theological affair with beer, let’s just say alcohol is ok! Anyway, it probably wasn’t until college that I had my first sip of alcohol and I was utterly disgusted by the taste. Later I simply drank Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Smirnoff Ice. Looking back on those freshmen age drinks, they now sound disgusting!! Later on, one of my good friends and Chef got me a beer while we were at Buffalo Wild Wings.
I remember the moment distinctively. High top table and to my right was a crowded bar; I went in for the first sip and remember saying to myself, this isn’t for me (as I downed it unwillingly).
A Crafted Career
My profession is in Food and Beverage, so beer was and has always been around, whether I was selling it or doing a tasting. About 5 years ago, 2011/2012, my manager took the team to Yazoo Brewery, a craft beer brewery located in Nashville, TN. Of course we got to taste an assortment of beer and I tried everything from the lightest to the darkest. I really wanted to find something I liked. The experience was unique and I was able to see the creative process of making beer, which would soon be the buried grain that sprouted my curiosity in crafts.
Fast forward 2 years from that point, I still was not a beer drinker beer. I was faithful to Long Island Ice Teas and other mixed drinks, but not the bitter and hoppy beer, not my choice of beverage. My next memorable experience with beer was at another work-related meeting where beer and hors d’ouevres were being served. I stepped into the “I want to be cool” mindset and grabbed a Corona. I drank one, then another and from then I was interested again in that golden liquid.
A Crafted Me
I tell this story because it demonstrates a constant curiosity and exploration of alcohol and more specifically, beer. So since 2014, I have been searching high and low for the best beers in the world and it’s a search that will never end. As the industry continues to evolve and thrive, new styles will be born. This is what Uncap Brews is all about, uncapping everything you come across, not being afraid to try something new. So whether it’s a beer, a relationship or new endeavor, remove the limits and Uncap Everything.