I know I’m probably late to the party, but I’ve decided to get into this whole craft brew thing. That’s right, people. I’m just a few small steps (learning about craft brews, trying craft brews, finding brews I like, learning more about craft brews) from being an expert and go to person for all things beer related.

What took me so long? Trust me; it’s not that I’m a bandwagoner. In fact, I hate it when people just jump on with whatever craze happens to stick around more than a week. I refuse to get a fidget spinner. I will never, to the day I die, get a Snapchat account (unless someone on here wants to snap at me? Is that what you do? No, I still don’t want it).

No, look, the thing about craft brews has always been the money. It just takes so much to figure out what to drink. I’d basically given up on beer. I hate Bud; I think Miller is disgusting. Ditto Coors. Double ditto Pabst (sorry, I know some of you are big fans but come on guys, it’s nasty).

So what was I drinking when I went out? I just settled for a few standards at the bar: a G&T, rum and coke, something like that. I wasn’t always in the mood, but it was just simpler.

That’s only the start of the craft brew costs, though. It seems like even if I found a beer, I liked there’d be something else to pay for. I just saw some guys are selling something called a Growler Chill to keep growlers on tap at home, which yeah sounds cool but where am I going to find the money for that after I bankrupted myself finding a beer I even liked?

But I’m sick of it. I’m sick of G&Ts on weekends, and I’m sick of not liking beer. I feel like I’m missing out on the fun, and I’m not one to miss out on whatever fun I can get.

So where do I start? Send me your suggestions guys. What’s the best craft brew out there? And where can I get it? And how much will it cost? I’m still broke! (Maybe I should start a go-fund-me for this. Anyone want to donate?)

Basically, I’m not much farther along than I was before I decided I wanted to be a microbrew fan, but I’ve got drive and I’m determined. Let’s do this!

P.S. So, clicking around looking for craft beer stories while I wrote this, I found a lot of festivals going on around the country. What’s the best one to go to to get the best samples? And who wants to go on a road trip? I’m free this weekend. And next weekend. I’m always free. So who’s up for it?