Celebrating Diversity

“Celebrate the diversity that’s available.” – Charlie Bamforth

Last fall I had the pleasure to speaking on a panel at the Culinary Institute of America’s first Beer & Food Summit. What a ball! The people present were all very engaged. It was a very mixed group from all sorts of backgrounds and professions.

Charlie Bamforth is a character in the profession of beer who has done much good work for the bigger idea

Friendly folks at the CIA, St Helena CA

Friendly folks at the CIA, St Helena CA

of beer. I’ve heard him speak a few times and he’s lively, funny, and gets to the point. To hear him promote the idea of celebrating diversity in what beer is today is encouraging.

The word Diversity seems to be everywhere today. No surprise there since our world is expanding, exploding and integrating faster than ever before (again, no surprise). Celebrating diversity in our mindbogglinglyfast changing world is a great approach.

Like a good friend of mine tells me, change is coming whether you want it to or not. May as well open your arms and welcome it.

Beer is good for celebrating. Celebrate what you like, what your friends drink and the abundance and variety diversity affords our tastebuds. Cheers to that ~

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What Women Want

“Beer drinkers want flavor and diversity .”

Julia is SO right on the money here (literally).

In my ongoing research to serve the craft beer industry, over and over and over (and over and over) women are saying they want flavor. All kinds of flavors.

Message today: Don’t judge a beer by its drinker. Said another way, don’t judge a drinker by their beers.

Reserve judgment. Be a beer geek, not a beer snob.

Better yet assume that I like a lot of different kinds of beers.

grain-siloThrow conventional stereotypes out the top of the barley silo window and embrace flavor and diversity.

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