img_9210If you’re here, you’re probably wondering what Her Hops is all about. That makes two of us! Seriously though. I started Her Hops on Instagram for fun. No hidden intentions, no real direction, and no clue it would start to build such a following. So thanks to everyone that follows and keeps up with all my random beer shenanigans!

Where does my love of beer come from? That’s a hard one to pinpoint. I joke around a lot that beer is a huge part of my family and there is no way I couldn’t like it. That’s the truth though. My grandparents are from Germany and I grew up with a very different relationship with alcohol. German culture was a huge influence in my upbringing. I remember being a kid and asking my dad for sips of his beer. Now don’t get me wrong, my parents never let me have more than a sip or two, but I grew a fondness for the taste of beer at a very young age. I was 11 when the first brewery opened in my town. Some days my mom would drag me along with her to pick up a growler after school for my dad. I actually laughed when my college boyfriend didn’t know what a growler was. I mean that was common knowledge, right? Apparently not.

My younger brother became a brewer and although I may be a tad biased, he makes some pretty awesome beer! It’s not his full time gig, but throughout the year he makes collaborations with breweries and every November he brews a special beer named after my dad for Movember fundraising. If you are ever in Reno, Nevada in November, check the local bars for Papa Sibs!!

Now for the things that I’m not… I’m not an expert. You won’t find me giving stats or thoroughly analyzing beers I try. I’m horrible at following the new breweries that are trending. Sometimes an article might cross my path, but I don’t keep up on all the beer related media. I don’t go out of my way to find rare beers. Trading is very time consuming. I have a few close friends I get some local stuff for, but that’s it. I just like beer. Plain and simple.

So that’s the beer side of me in a nutshell. For now, Her Hops is a place where I share my love for beer and random shenanigans. Plus a few pieces of merchandise that I think are hilarious!