KenNeither of my parents drank, so there was never any alcohol in the house. It wasn't until I was 14 and a bunch of us were "camping" in the one guy's backyard that I tried my first beer, Red Dog Alt beer. I can still remember the way it tasted today. From there, I discovered liquor, namely rye. Once I got to University, I quickly found out that a rye and ginger was twice the price of a beer, so I switched. In my second year, my roommate Matty K came back from the LCBO with a six-pack of different beers and we sat and drank them. That was the beginning of my love for things not the usual. After school, Pat and I started a tradition of picking up beers from around the world that neither of us had had before. It was starting to get a little difficult to keep track of.....thus, THE Beer List was born.
PatIt was in grade 10, at a random high school party thrown by some girl in my class whose name I can't remember now. But I do recall Labatt's Blue. Up until that point I had only dabbled in the world of alcohol, sneaking small quantities of Crown Royal or vodka from my parent's stock of liquor (and then replacing what I took with water - sorry, Dad). But once this carbonated concoction hit my lips, I knew that I had found my go-to method of inebriation. All through high school I reveled in the domestics, which I thought were great until I turned nineteen and discovered that the Beer Store housed more than just Labatt and Molson products. By then I was in college and frequently trying out new beers - bargain brews like Steel City Lager for general consumption, great German beers like Lowenbrau, and the occasional mistake like Dragon's Breath Pale Ale. The increased income which followed my release from post-secondary school allowed me to further expand my beer horizons. The mixer-sixer from the LCBO became a favourite of mine, and eventually led to a tradition where Ken and I would buy pairs of weird beers that we would try together. At some point it became too cumbersome to remember which ones we already tried. We needed a place where we could make record of our drinking accomplishments and tell the world about it. We needed... a BeerList
MarkI believe I would have been 5 or 6 when I first discovered beer. I still remember my grandfather always had a Labatt Blue, and once I stole my first sip I knew that beer was special. I was raised in a family with a liberal but respectful view of alcohol. I was exposed to it at a young age, but had to prove that I respected it to be allowed to drink any. I always viewed beer as something to enjoy not something to get me drunk. Over the years I have learned that beer can be complex and wonderful…then I married Julie and became joined to Ken…Then I discovered our joint love of beer…the rest is in the blog!
Julie – Wife of Mark
The Wife – Wife of Ken
Jackie – Sister of the previous two
Warren – Ken’s college drinking buddy
Kev – Brother of Ken
Teri- Wife of brother of Ken
Rick – Some guy who just showed up one day
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