If it wasn’t for YouTube, it is highly likely I wouldn’t be as knowledgeable about beer as I currently am. To pay respect to the channels that helped me get there, here is a short list of what you should watch:
- Master of Hoppets – this channel easily deserves to start off the list. A Danish guy who has been reviewing beers (both good and terrible) since roughly 2010. He is definitely the epitome of a beer geek, but that is my favorite part. He gave me something to aspire to. He also seems legitimately excited to review all 3000+ beers he’s done. I highly recommend his end of year compilation videos of the best AND worst beers from the previous year.
- Brewing TV – this was originally a semi-promotional tool for Northern Brewer homebrew supplies, but this group of Minnesotan homebrewers they feature got down and dirty about everything homebrewing. From extract brewing (Padawan level) to double decoction mash brewing (Jedi Master level), they do the best job at breaking down the complicated into something palatable. They have EASILY been the cause of me spending a few thousand dollars on homebrew equipment. A still running spinoff “Chop and Brew” helps fill the void the channel left. COBRA!! (if you know, you know)
- Beer Geek Nation – while sadly this channel no longer produces video, they were shooting gold for a solid 7-8 years. It represents what most of us will ultimately turn into: beer enthusiasts who also are parents/have real world responsibilities. This channel has a little of everything, from beer reviews to homebrewing experiments. It is the perfect mixture of the peak of beer geekdom, which is having a life outside of beer.