About Me and What’s Here

My name is Darryl. I’m 45 years old, divorced, father of two — a 18 year-old daughter who lives with me full-time and a 15 year-old son who’s with me every other week — living in the Conejo Valley area of Ventura County, just north of Los Angeles, and I like beer.

I like beer a lot. But I don’t know a lot about it. I wanted to learn, and this site is my effort at documenting my education.

I don’t have a road map for this journey, nor do I have a single mentor that I intend to learn from. I plan to wander along, learn what I can from whoever is willing to teach me, and then share the experience with others. Will I make mistakes and display my ignorance along the way? You bet! But then I hope to learn from it!

Join me as I taste new beers, old ones, mass produced, craft beers, and homebrews. I’ll also mention the occasional beer tastings and festivals, as well as wine tastings I may attend.


A dolt. Simply put it’s someone that is stupid, ignorant, an ignoramus. Merriam-Webster defines ignorant in part as:

lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified

Our thing in this case, is beer. And I’ll be the first to admit, I lack knowledge of beer.

Follow me on my journey to become educated — through tasting, brewing, and photographing — on this thing called… BEER:

an alcoholic beverage usually made from malted cereal grain (as barley), flavored with hops, and brewed by slow fermentation


What You Will Find Here

Here you will find my experiences — good, bad or otherwise — as I learn everything about beer that I can, knowing full well that I’ll never learn it all.

I want to learn about different styles, different breweries, how to taste it, brew it, and so much more that I’m not even aware of yet.

And along the way, I want to share my experiences with you.


What You Won’t Find Here

You shouldn’t be here if you’re looking for the advice and guidance of an expert. I’m not one.

I won’t tell you what’s beer is best, but I will tell you what I like.

I won’t teach you how to brew your own, but I will document my own experiences.

I won’t tell you how to do something, but I will tell you what I’ve done and what the results were.

I won’t make you succeed, but I will remind you it’s okay to try.