It’s ironic that during my formative young adult years, I was a complete teetotaler. I was the perpetual DD. It wasn’t until I spent a semester studying in Austria that I had my first alcoholic drink. During a tour of the Stiegl brewery in Salzburg, I had a glass of Stiegl’s Paracelsus Zwickl, and it was beautiful. That started a growing appreciation and love for beer. Over the years, this love has involved and strengthened. Now, as an American living in Germany, I have the opportunity to partake in some of the best beers of the world. My experiences here have inspired me to start this blog to chronicle my journey in the brewing tradition.