J&J Beer Reviews: Taking on the Beer Industry One Glass at a Time
Josh and Jake from J&J Beer Reviews sat down with us to talk about their love of beer and passion for reviewing and taste testing all types of beers.
Tell us about how you are changing the beer review industry.
We’re two best friends. We actually met originally because both of our current girlfriends are related to each other. We love to watch and play football whenever we can and generally have a fun time together. We bond over our love of beer and our sense of humor, which we really want people to be able to recognize in our reviews.
"We bond over our love of beer and our sense of humor..."
What made both of you interested in reviewing beer?
We share a love for beer together. When looking online for new ones to try, we found reviews but either their info wasn’t what we were looking for or the people didn’t seem to have a genuine interest for the brew. We wanted to change that and provide the best of both aspects for people online.
"We share a love for beer together..."
What are your favorite types of beer?
Our favorites to drink would probably have to be lagers and sours at the moment. We keep trying a lot of new flavors and mixes so it may change in the future with all the good beers available we have yet to try.
"Our favorites to drink would probably have to be lagers..."
What are your favorite breweries?
We really enjoy Straubs, located in Saint Mary’s, Pennsylvania. We also really like 450 North Brewing Company. Both are great breweries that have good beer, and even better people around it within the company.
"We really enjoy Straubs, located in Saint Mary’s, Pennsylvania..."
If you could change anything in the beer industry, what would it be?
If we could change one thing, it’d be for the majority of breweries to to use reusable and recycled bottles. It’d be great for that to be the norm and have those companies be stepping in the right direction of being environmentally friendly. Another thing we’d love to see happen is for smaller, independent breweries stay that way for longer. By that we mean, staying independent and not being bought out by bigger companies. Its great when you have lots of creative and unique ideas instead of all the same ones in the industry.
"If we could change one thing, it’d be for the majority of breweries to use reusable bottles"
What makes the perfect beer?
In our opinion, the perfect beer has a few qualities. We think those would be that it produces a good head, is smooth, not overly carbonated but not totally flat, and of course to be cold. We know everyone may not agree, but that's how we like ours to be whenever we’re reviewing or enjoying one in our personal time.
"In our opinion, the perfect beer has a few qualities..."
What are you both looking forward to most in the new year?
Overall, we want to grow and expand with the new year. We’d love to review more beer for our fans and friends to see, and be able to take more suggestions from them directly. Along with that, we’d love to be able to collaborate with others. Whether other reviewers or breweries we think it’d be great to have a strong relationship with other parts for the community. Along the note if breweries, we’d love to be able to go tour some and make videos within one, showing people what goes on behind the scenes of their favorite beers. It would be great if we could start to travel to experience new beers from all around, whether they be available to everyone or only in select locations.
"We’d love to review more beer for our fans and friends to see..."
What are your dream flavor combinations you’ve not yet seen made?
Jake’s dream beer would be an old fashion styled beer, something similar to pre-prohibition. It holds a lot of history behind it, overall for America and greatly for the beer industry. It would be exciting to taste the difference and see exactly how things have changed over such a long time. Josh on the other hand, will be a bit stranger to most people. Josh would like to try a hot dog flavored beer. There’s plenty of crazy, and unique flavors already so it would be fun to see how the outcome would taste, whether good or bad. Eventually in our future, it would be an incredible opportunity to be able to recommend a flavor or try and create our own custom beers, hopefully that is in our future for us both.
"Jake’s dream beer would be an old fashion styled beer..."