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A Few Words on … Beer People

By Bryan Roth @bryandroth

A Few Words on … Beer People

I feel like I hear it all the time: “Beer People are Good People.” Every now and then, I’m reminded.

When I started this blog, I had no specific intentions other than to capture my journey through the world of beer. Along the way, I’ve come into contact with some great, thoughtful, passionate people … and that’s a good thing. Last weekend I spent a couple days in Washington, D.C. visiting friends. I happened to end up a couple storefronts down from Tryst, a fun-looking cafe/bar. If you don’t know him already, you should get to know Brett Robison, “head bartender and beer dude” at Tryst.

A Few Words on … Beer People

(yes, that’s his actual title on his card)

While Washingtonians may know Brett as the knowledgeable guy slinging brews behind the bar, I’ve gotten to know Brett through email and Twitter over the past few months through his other venture – DivineBrew.com. Brett was kind enough to help me sort through The Great Noble Pils disaster of 2012 and I’ve loved reading his posts about beer, beer education and running a bar.

If you’re curious why you should know Brett, hit the jump. Hint: you should.

While you can head over to his “About” page to get more details, the gist is Brett decided to throw his cares to the wind and follow his passion in beer professionally. His Twitter handle is BeerIsMySavior, after all. He dabbled in some homebrewing along the way, too. He’s currently a Certified Beer Server through the Cicerone Certification Program and a BJCP judge. To boot, he’ll even clean tap lines.

What I’ve enjoyed the most about interacting with Brett is his unbridled passion for beer and everything that comes with it. Meeting him in Washington was my first chance to meet him in real life and it was clear chatting with him that what you read on his blog and on Twitter is what really makes him tick. He’s another thread to the “Beer People are Good People” ideal.

I wish I could recall all the specifics of our conversation, but we talked about creating homebrew recipes like my watermelon wheat, the DC beer scene that includes what he noted was a flagship beer in DC Brau’s Public pale ale and the trouble of distribution – at Tryst I got to enjoy a Troegs Java Head stout, a beer and brewery that doesn’t come to North Carolina. That brew, of course, combines two of Brett’s favorite things in coffee and beer.

So while this post isn’t meant to turn into a biography of Brett, it is meant to act as a reminder that when you’re out of town (hell, even in town) looking for a good beer, someone’s usually around to talk shop and share a brew.

After all, Beer People are Good People.

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