I had the greatest time ever “researching” for this post. I’ll just be upfront about that. I not only got to drink a lot of beer, but went on a tour of a brewery. I don’t know about my readers, but I seriously love beer. It’s delicious and cold and flavorful. In fact, my family loves beer so much that my cousins host an annual Wine and Brewfest at their home the Saturday prior to Easter. (Did I mention I love to drink wine as well?)
The best part about my love of drinking beer is the fact that I happen to live in the same place as one of my favorite breweries, Sierra Nevada Brewery. My US readers may be familiar with some of their beers (Pale Ale, Bigfoot, Ovila). If you are in the US and haven’t had Sierra Nevada, you should probably find a local distributor…. seriously. For those who are further off or not quite as familiar, just a brief heads up… Sierra Nevada cultivates a reputation for producing a deliciously hoppy brew.
In any case, Sierra Nevada offers a free brewery tour that lasts around an hour or just over, at the end of which they ply you with their wares (by which I mean, they feed you free 2 oz.+ samples of 8 of their beers, including at least one from their “Willy Wonka Factory” of an experimental section in the brewery used to create exciting new concoctions).
For those of you who have blended your own teas, I think you’re beginning to see one of the connections I’m about to discuss, aren’t you?
So why don’t I get down to it now, then?
Making the Deliciousness
First, let’s talk about how each of these tasty drinks is made. While the actual production of tea and production of beer are very different processes, each of them utilize a key similarity: attention to ingredients. We’ve already discussed how tea is made, but not really gotten into how tea blends are made. Making beer is like making a tea blend. You have a certain array of ingredients that go into the blend/beer. As with anything, there are different levels of quality coming from different producers, but each one will take a look at the ingredients and find exactly the right ingredient to achieve the end result they’re looking for.