Almost everyone has a little bit of collector in them. My wife may say it is an obsession but I say it is a goal to be able to wear a different beer shirt each day of the month. Yes I know that seems maybe too easy and I should be thinking bigger like a year. The fun part about shirts is that they won't collect dust on a shelf like some other collections!
When it comes to shirts for all occasions, one of my favorites is show support for local breweries in my state. Each time I put one of these on, it reminds me to not take for granted the local breweries that have worked so hard to get up and running. Just 10 years ago, there wasn't the abundance of craft beer breweries that we have today in Nebraska. Supporting local helps expand the craft beer community which is a good thing!
The other fun thing is getting to wear the shirts in other states. I have a picture of my Lazy Horse Brewing shirt while I was on top of the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington. The cool part is that I had people that were there from Nebraska come up and ask me about my shirt. You know me, if you get me started talking about Nebraska craft beer, you might be there for awhile!
Any good beer shirt wardrobe has to have at least a couple fun, quirky shirts for the days that you need a good laugh. I guess you never knew I had a superpower - well it is true that I can make beer disappear! Beer fests shirts help remind you of those events that were a blast getting to try craft beer and talking with friends.
I usually struggle finding a good shirt for St. Patrick's day, but this last year it wasn't a problem because Pint Nine Brewing had the green for me! Is it just me or does an Irish Stout taste better when wearing your finest green.
There are the vacation shirts that you just can't pass up. Last fall I was in Seattle and Portland as part of a trip to see the Huskers play football against Oregon. The game was definitely a bust but the trip yielded me a shirt that reminded me of Memorial Stadium and the famous Bone Yard!
I spent an afternoon in Seattle getting to go to a few breweries. The Pike Brewing Company was my favorite! Great beer and an awesome atmosphere. It is fun a year later to see pictures of the taproom and restaurant on social media.
There are time, although rare, when a t-shirt might not be appropriate. For those times, I enjoy either wearing a brewer's or polo shirt. The brewer shirts are comfortable and look good especially at brewery events. If you have to go business casual, the polo is the way to go. The one thing I always get when wearing a polo is the question, "Do you work for that brewery?" My response is always, "I am hoping soon. I am definitely the right person to be their official beer taster." Always good for a laugh!
When cold weather hits, you will be glad you have your hoodies and other craft beer outerwear to keep you warm. Always in style with whatever you are wearing. Also as an added bonus, you can have one of your other beer shirts on underneath in the event you get too warm. Always good to plan in advance!
I am no fashion experts, but I hope I made my case to you today. The time is now - go out and start your craft beer shirt collection. I guarantee you will have fun doing it!