A great way to learn about beer is to make it. And the best part is that you get to drink it in the end. Sure, it's a pain in the ass, and it's definitely easier to spend $12 for a six-pack of craft beer at the store than to follow the 24 steps it takes to make a beer. But then you can't brag to your friends that you're a homebrewer. And you'll learn way more about the beer you drink from brewing it than by throwing a sixer in your trunk.
Save a beer for a full year
We’re not saying to start a cellar. If that’s your thing, by all means, go ahead. But regardless, purchase one beer that’s good for bottle conditioning -- maybe a barley wine, perhaps, but never an IPA -- and just... wait. For some of us -- and Tom Petty -- it’s the hardest part. But you’ll be happy you did it when you find a beer you love has pulled a Kafka.
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Thrillist senior writer Lee Breslouer took a break from playing Just Cause 3 to contribute to this list.