First off, thanks for visiting. Check out the services page or some of the images from the past events. But since you’re here, allow me to introduce myself.
One of just over 40 Certified Cicerone® in North Texas, homebrewer and above all, Beer Lover. I don’t per se like the term “geek“, because that seems to have the connotation there’s this little secret world only the initiated can understand. Like computer geeks. Or electronic game geek. Neither do I like the term “beer snob“. Beer shouldn’t be “snobbish“. Historically it’s been everyone’s beverage and it should be easily accessible. So the closest I can come is “Beer Lover“.
As I was born and raised in Belgium, I remember getting sips of beer from my father. My grandpa was an accountant who ran the books for a few small breweries and inevitably those were the beers in our house (De Sleutel en Den Biertoren, both defunct now). In high school, yes legal drinking age for beer is 16, I started drinking the local lager from Leuven: Stella Artois (yes one and the same, although it doesn’t quite taste the same anymore). Then one day, I must have been 18 or 19, I went to an evening about “beer” taught by Pierre Celis and my interest was piqued to venture out and really learn how beer is made, what makes one beer different from another, etc etc.
For the beer lover in me, moving here was painful. Frankly, back in 1998, the beer market in the US sucked ! All one could find was the big three US beer makers: Budweiser, Coors and Miller. Occasionally and depending on the store, you would find some smaller American breweries or the Mexican beers the likes of Corona and Dos Equis. But the choices were limited. Home brewing seemed to be the only solution to this conundrum to get some good beers in my fridge. So I pursued that with all passion.
This all began to change about 10 years ago when one could find some decent stuff and more and more smaller breweries started to pop up. Back then, New Belgium Brewing Company got probably most of my business. Until about 5 years ago. I had a Victory at Sea from Ballast Point and it literally made me realize there was really good stuff being made this side of the Atlantic. So the hunt was on. Then three years ago, several new breweries in Dallas happened in very rapid succession and it’s absolutely awesome what is happening in North Texas now. But there are still too many people out there who are craving for better knowledge, who are watching this whole “Craft Beer Scene” thing with some trepidation or who just plainly don’t know where to start. For those that are well on their way and enjoy beer, they look for someone to help them organize events at their house involving education, tasting, food pairing and the likes.
And that is where my passion lies. Teach, share, educate and above all… drink good beer. So I’m here to share my passion and my love for beer in whatever way suits your current level of experience in the craft beer world.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry !