It’s summer and it’s hot in South Florida and I can’t think of a better way to cool off and honor some fun in the sun than with this week’s Blogger in the Spotlight, MikeLovesBeer.com. Sometimes you just need a cold one and not just any cold one, a good cold one. MikeLovesBeer.com definitely has his finger on the pulse of a good brew. Mike has got it covered; ales, lagers, stouts, pilsners, American, German, Belgian, English, Irish the list goes on and on and I would say rather thoroughly at that. MikeLovesBeer.com’s tagline is “I love beer and I’m telling you how much I love beer” how can you not be drawn to a blog who puts it all out there like that?
But my favorite thing about MikeLovesBeer.com is that he just celebrated his 2nd year of blogging with a huge shindig at the Coffee District in Delray Beach it ended up being one of the biggest blowout beer parties ever. Mike has over 900 followers on Twitter and I think half of them were at his party celebrating Mike, beer and all great things about blogging; and by the tweets (that went on for days after) they collectively supported the craft beer industry for an entire year. So until anniversary party #3 MikeLovesBeer.com and this week’s blogger in the spotlight interview will have to suffice. Readers, I present a great (cold) one: MikeLovesBeer.com
South Florida Food and Wine: How did you start beer blogging?
MikeLovesBeer.com: Actually a co worker of mine had started one and told me I should do it too. I thought it would be a great way of tracking what beers I had tried and what I thought of them.
South Florida Food and Wine: Do you do anything else other than blog/write about beer?
MikeLovesBeer.com: I do technical support for a web hosting company in Boca Raton. I do a personal blog too that is more tongue in cheek humor as well.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most challenging thing about blogging/writing?
MikeLovesBeer.com: Trying to not let big gaps go in between updates. I try to post at least once a day during the weekdays. Weekends less so. Then sometimes I have gaps when I get sick. Also when I go out of town I sometimes don’t have internet access to be posting.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the greatest opportunity that has come from blogging/writing for you?
MikeLovesBeer.com: Being able to meet so many like minded people that feel so passionately about craft beer. I’ve gotten to know a lot of guys that work for Fresh Beer, the local craft beer distributor, and they are such amazing people.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your most memorable blogging/writing moment?
MikeLovesBeer.com: The first time I ever got 1000 unique hits in a month was pretty special. I never thought that anyone would care enough about my blog to make it a daily visit to read.
South Florida Food and Wine: It’s your last day on earth, what would your final meal be?
MikeLovesBeer.com: My mom’s homemade meatloaf with baked macaroni and cheese. I’d have a bottle of The Bruery’s Two Turtle Doves to go along with it.
South Florida Food and Wine: What super-action-hero would you like to be and why?
MikeLovesBeer.com: Being a big geek about stuff like this I have talked about this before with people. But it always changes. Every super hero has his flaws. Wolverine can heal himself and can’t age because of that. I guess that would be good as alcohol wouldn’t kill my liver over time. So yeah I’ll go with Wolverine.
South Florida Food and Wine: Do you have any wacky cooking habits?
MikeLovesBeer.com: I tend to like to spice things up a bit so I use a lot of peppers or spices when cooking. I guess that’s not really wacky like cooking in the nude.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best food advice you have to share?
MikeLovesBeer.com: Experiment. Recipes are awesome to get a general idea of what the dish is like but then I like to add and remove to make it more like what I want. I always like trying new things and mixing different things to make a good dish.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your one obsessive kitchen habit?
MikeLovesBeer.com: I wash everything after I’m done eating. I hate leaving dirty stuff lying around
South Florida Food and Wine: If you could choose to be any food, what would it be?
MikeLovesBeer.com: This is difficult because if I was food I would be eaten and die. Or I would be cooked and die. But I guess if I had to die as food I would go with rib eye beef. Slice me and cook me. Then melt cheese over me and put me in a roll. Then put sautéed onions on top. Then eat me.
South Florida Food and Wine: If looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?
MikeLovesBeer.com: A lot of beer, juice, iced tea, some veggies, cheese, lunch meat and bread.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the one “staple” food you always have in your cupboard?
MikeLovesBeer.com: Rice. All sorts of it too. White, brown, dirty, etc. Rice goes with everything I think.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your beverage of choice?
MikeLovesBeer.com: Besides beer I drink a lot of water and tea.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your favorite comfort food?
MikeLovesBeer.com: Burgers for sure. There are luckily a lot of great places around to get a great burger.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your culinary claim to fame?
MikeLovesBeer.com: I’d have to say my BBQ and beer chicken. I used my mom’s homemade BBQ sauce and Dale’s Pale Ale from Oskar Blues for it. I wrote about it here.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is in your kitchen junk drawer?
MikeLovesBeer.com: Batteries, scissors, cork cages, expired coupons, unread instruction manuals, pens and a couple cook books.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best culinary gift you ever received?
MikeLovesBeer.com: A co worker gave me a bunch of different sized frying pans when I moved into my house.
South Florida Food and Wine: What kitchen chore do you dislike the most?
MikeLovesBeer.com: Close call between putting everything back from the dishwasher and taking out the recyclables.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most exotic food you have ever eaten and where?
MikeLovesBeer.com: A co worker of mine is Lebanese and he had me over his house one night for dinner with his family. They prepared so much Middle Eastern food. It was absolutely amazing.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most extravagant food or beverage item or culinary tool you spent money on?
MikeLovesBeer.com: I don’t tend to spend a lot of money on food. I tend to find that the best food is usually cheap and in places that aren’t fancy at all. But I have dropped some money on beer that some might find crazy. I was going to buy a bottle of Sam Adams Utopias before its price was raised from $150 to $250. But I have spent over $20 on bottles of beer before.
South Florida Food and Wine: Where was the best meal you ever had? And why?
MikeLovesBeer.com: Wow that’s a real loaded question. I’ve had so many awesome meals over my 27 years of existence it’s hard to pin down one. My mom is an amazing cook and makes some awesome meals. There are also so many places I have eaten at that I feel like I’m going to have to go into a food coma afterward. Some friends and I recently had a massive meal at Charm City Burger Company in Deerfield Beach that I think some could classify as a religious experience.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most bizarre thing you have ever done with food?
MikeLovesBeer.com: In order to keep this G or even PG rated I will plead the fifth there. But in all honesty not really. While I like to experiment with recipes I tend to like to stick to the basics. Taking a normal dish and just putting a slightly different spin on things while still maintaining what made it special to begin with. You are reinventing the wheel.