Derek Arent is an avid beer writer and connoisseur of craft beers from around the globe. His blog Beer Around Townfeatures local Oregon beer and a plethora of other interesting beer culture topics. Arent is a prolific writer with extensive notes on thousands of beers. I often look to his opinions on RateBeer.com to learn about new and worthwhile brews. “I homebrewed in college for a few years then decided to pursue brewing when I graduated” says Arent. “Interning and apprenticing at a few places left me knowing that brewing wasn’t my calling yet, so I took up other work to make a bit more money to finance my other hobbies.” Arent can be found at stellar beer bars around the Rose City deeply appreciating a malty treat. I ran into him and picked his zymurgilogical mind for what beers made his beer pendulum swing.
What sparked your interest in craft beer?
DA: Living on Nantucket, MA we had Cisco Brewers, but not much else. It was when I moved to Eugene to attend University of Oregon that I got into my craft beer geekdomness. A friend and I discovered the local Market of Choice that had about 1000 beers, so we decided to try them all. Two years later we had a beer wall of about 800 bottles, since then I’ve been hooked.
If trapped on a dessert island with just one tap line, what beer would you choose to drink (yeah that’s a tough one)?
DA: Easy, De Ranke XX, the hoppy, crisp saison-ish character of this beer could get me through the hot days, and the higher ABV (alcohol by volume) could get me through the cold nights. Bud Chelada runs a close second if I was looking to end it all, makes drowning seem fun.
Similarly, if you could have just one last beer, what would that be?
Angelo grew up in Maine and is proud to call New England his original home. Cascadia is now his home. He fell in love with great beer in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California.
He has been a correspondent for the Portland Tribune's Guest on Tap column, LivePDX.com, and has been featured in publications such as Beer Northwest and PDX Magazine. Angelo also has a great interest in independent music, and has been a booker and organizer for shows around the Portland under the name Pop Tomorrow! Angelo garnered much knowledge regarding beer from his experiences homebrewing, working at Belmont Station, Pyramid Brewing, Upright Brewing, By the Bottle, Beer Revolution, Olde Depot Public House, Falling Sky Brewing, Cascade Brewing, and from many many knowledgeable, passionate, and loving people along the way. It is Angelo's mission to bring "infotainment" and "edumation" to the readers of this website. If you have any questions or comments, or would like to contribute, please contact me at email@example.com