My name is Mike Crimmins. Usually, I blog about coffee. However, I’ve been getting to know some really good craft beers and really getting into home brewing. I couldn’t resist starting this little side project called Passion For The Pint.
When I’m not blogging about coffee or beer, you can find me exploring Tampa’s wide range of eateries, rooting for the New York Yankees (don’t hate me, I’m originally from New York) or reading about beer or coffee.
My Beer History
Until recently, my beer history wasn’t something to write home about.
I had my first sip of beer on a football Sunday when I was about six or seven years old. I snuck in a sip of my dad’s Coors when he left the room for a few minutes. I didn’t really understand why adults liked this beer thing.
In high school, my friends and I bought forties from the ghetto convenience store that sold beer to anyone. It didn’t taste great and my hangover the next morning was even worse.
College wasn’t much better. I really didn’t care what beer I was drinking. I cared more about getting drunk…for cheap. I did visit a couple of local microbreweries in between doing keg stands and drinking beer out of a funnel, however I can’t say that I really remember anything about their beer.
Some time after I graduated college, I realized I wanted something better than Bud or Natty Ice. I switched to Heineken and New Castle, but they weren’t really much better. I did find some craft beers here and there, however I had no idea that there was this whole craft beer world out there.
It wasn’t until my awesome girlfriend bought me the Naked Pint that I really started getting into craft beers and understanding that Bud Light and Coors were the beer equivalents of Folgers and Maxwell House. After a few trips to some stores that carried craft beers, that I started to learn that like coffee, there were all types of premium beers. And like coffee, beers could have all sorts of aromas and tastes. I haven’t stopped trying beers since then and I’m now in the process of brewing my own beer.
Why Did I Start Another Beer Blog?
There’s dozens of great beer blogs out there, but I felt that I had to share what I was seeing and discovering. I started Passion For The Pint to be some sort of journal for all of the craft beers that I try and to document my home brewing adventures.
I hope you follow along on this journey. I think it’s going to be fun.
This is awesome!
Mike, you have a real talent for delivering these stories about beer (and coffee) in a straightfoward, yet interesting manner. I’m really curious where you go after beer.
Thanks Dave! Have lots of plans, hobbies and passions! However, I think I’ve got a lot of work to do with beer!