Besides enjoying the taste of a great beer, half of the fun in having beer as a hobby is doing the research to find out what is out there, how it is made and how it can be made better.
In this the Internet age there are many resources available to a beer connoisseur.
These sites also have written tutorials and columns along with event calendars.
Podcasts — most available on iTunes — are the best listening resource available on beer.
One of my favorites is Craft Beer Radio. This tandem, based in Pennsylvania, just finished up a fantastic series from Savor: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience. They were able to hook right into the sound board for talks on pairing beer with cheese and the popular He Said Beer, She Said Wine: A Debate on Food Pairing seminar put on by Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Marine Old, an award winning wine writer.
For home brewing information Basic Brewing is far an away the best. The show’s host James is one of those guys that know just about everything about everything.
Locally for me, the Yankee Brew News is a great way to keep up on local events and happenings.
There are really so many great books out there that it would be hard to mention them all, quickly however I will name a few: “How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time”, “Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide” and “Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery.”