I think of myself as a craft beer enthusiast. Over 10 years ago I tried Stone Brewing Company’s Arrogant Bastard for the first time and discovered a whole new experience with beer. Since then my appreciation for beer has grown. I’m always on the look to try a new beer or brewery, or hunt down the annual releases from my favorite breweries. Being able to go to a local micro brewery and enjoy fresh beer is a big plus, and in Southern California there are tons to choose from. I also dabble in homebrewing.

Three years ago I found out my wife and I were expecting our first child, and the time and money that I was able to put aside for craft beer changed. I could no longer make runs to bottle shops and specialty liquor stores to pick up beer without worrying about the price. Weeknight trips to breweries and attending beer festivals were no longer easy options.

Today, I have two young daughters(2 and 3 years old) and still am able to enjoy craft beer and homebrew even though our household budget has changed. I’ve learned where and how to get good craft beer at a reasonable price. But I will admit there are certain bottles that I pick up that aren’t very cheap, but you have to go big every once in a while.

I started this blog as a place to share info for craft beer lovers.  I will share beer news.  I will attempt to review beers as best I can (reviews will consist of more than just “this was a good beer”).  I will also share my experience of the craft beer culture, and that will include anything from cooking with beer, trading beer, or just the experiences had while sharing a beer with friends.

I don’t claim to be an expert. If you notice anything that you think is off let me know. Or if you have any recommendations or suggestions I’m open to those too. You can email me at: neal@thecraftbeerdad.com

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  1. I don’t know where you’re from but if your ever in the whittier check out The Bottleroom and The Celler, if you haven’t already. Two of my favorite places for craft beer.

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