I just spent $40 on bad beer. Intentionally.

And I’d thought it was going to cost me on the order of $100.

Okay, technically, I spent that $40 on a class about bad beer, thus so it’s really on the expertise to learn how to recognize specific “off” flavors.

I’m really looking forward to this. Tasting beer is absolutely one of my favorite things, which is why I genuinely love the bars and taprooms that offer 4 oz pours of all their beers. I get to try many different beers without getting hammered to do so. (Confession: I kind of hate being drunk.)

This was something of an impulse buy. I’d heard about a few seminars like this popping up around Chicago, but typically I’d hear about them after the fact or while I was already booked. Thus, when I found out roughly yesterday about a class tomorrow, I waffled a bit, but decided I might as well get on it. Otherwise, I was probably waiting until April. At the earliest.

I’ll let you guys know how it goes. Until then, click on over here to check out a tweet from a guy I follow on twitter, Pat Fahey on acetaldehyde. It’s got chemical drawings and everything.

Oh, and today I also managed to get a ticket to go check out some of the first beers from Off Color Brewing. I think March (my most hated month) is looking up.

Maybe I’ll learn what made that one brew I made taste like vomit. THAT was a bad beer.