Okay, okay. I admit. I used to be one of those people who hated hoppy beer. I always thought it tasted like lawn clippings. "Bleghlaeghardlag!" was another way I would describe it.
Now my husband? He's a hop man. He likes his beers big. Bold. Punch-you-in-the-tastebuds-with-studded-brass-knuckles-hoppy.
While I was perfectly content drinking my wheat and Belgian beers, I felt like I was doing a great disservice to my beer nerdery by not experimenting with other styles. I knew it was just a matter of finding the right crossover ale that would open my eyes (and palate) to the other side.
One cold, fateful day in February 2008, I discovered Troegs Nugget Nectar. And what a great day it was.
I mean, look at that hop. Freakin' yum.