One Year Anniversary

It’s been a year since I started this blog. Initially, I started it so that I could keep track of all the beers that I had tried and remember if I liked them or not. This was because I would constantly go to the beer store, look at a beer, think that I had tried it and liked it and then ended up getting a six-pack of a brew that I hated. I would like to think that I’ve learned a lot in the year since the blog began. I finally have appropriate glassware for most types of beer (the early days of the stemless wine glasses are over, but I still don’t have a stange…) and I think I can appreciate some of the nuances of brews a bit more. I have tried some amazing beers over the year and decided that for the one year anniversary of the blog, I would list a few things that I would like to do over the next year of the blog. It’s almost like a beer resolution list, except not on New Year’s.

1. Re-review the following beers: Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Troegs Nugget Nectar, Stone Ruination IPA, Unibroue La Fin Du Monde and Founders Breakfast Stout.

Some of these brews I absolutely fell in love with the first time and others I just didn’t, despite the fact that I’ve read awesome reviews about them. These brews are ones that I tried pretty early on in the blog and I’m curious to see if my opinions of them changed at all.

2. Go through the blog and fix any typos, links, etc.

I’m anal retentive. Anyone who knows me understands that I’m crazy about things like grammar or spelling mistakes. So, I plan to go through all of the reviews from the past year and fix anything that is either broken or just grammatically incorrect.

3. Go to at least 5 breweries or brewpubs and do reviews on only full pints/glasses of beer.

In the past year, I’ve been to a few different breweries, brewpubs and beerfests. I’ve also done some reviews on samples. The problem is, even with full beers, my opinion of them has changed significantly by the time I get to the end of a pint. I don’t think that a 4 ounce pour is enough to get a true opinion on a brew. So, from now on, sampling brews are fine and I may talk about them in passing during a review, but I’ll only be doing reviews on full beers for that reason.

4. Brew some damn beer.

Since Christmas, I’ve had a kit to brew my own beer. I had problems with the burner and haven’t gotten a chance to call and fix it. With my luck, this probably means that the warranty is up. But, anyways, either way, I need to brew my own beer this year. I have enough room to do this outside and what could possibly make me appreciate drinking beer more than brewing my own?

5. Read the beer books I currently have.

For every holiday or birthday, my family buys me beer books. Not that I’m complaining, I love anything beer related. The problem is that I never actually sit down and read these books. This is probably a result of not really being able to relax for long periods of time. But, I have about 8-10 books all about beers and I should make time to sit down and read them.

6. Delete the beers I currently have off of the “Beers to Be Purchased” list.

I have a lot of freakin beers on that list. A lot of them are ones that I forgot why I put them on there. Every year, my plan is to delete the old ones off and start adding new ones based on the reviews I read, books, etc. A new blogging year, a new list. Easy enough, right?

7. Make a logo…?

I’ve never had a logo. Add to this, the fact that I am not really all that creative or artistic. But, luckily I have some creative friends. But, honestly, I think that it would really make the blog look better. And in the same vein, let’s go to number 8…

8. Take more non-review related pictures.

I’m notoriously camera-shy. But, I need to get over that. Pictures are interesting. Plus, it will help me document my travels. I need to start taking pictures (or rather, have them taken of me) drinking beer, at beer events, etc. and posting them. Maybe I won’t be such a random reviewer then.

 

9. Do a few posts where I review beers with other people.

One of the reasons that I really got into beer is the fact that I love the discussions that can be had over a great beer. Each person can find a different flavor in a beer, which makes the discussion really interesting. One of my closest buddies is now a convert, but we have completely different tastes. I have a few decent beers aging in the basement and it would be interesting to share these beers with them and see what they think and post about it.

10. Consistency.

This has been a big problem of mine. I haven’t been keeping up the facebook page or updating my untappd or posting about beer daily. Sometimes, I’ve gone weeks without updating the blog. Since my life seems to be a little more in order, I think that I should be able to post one review a night. If I forget one, I can double up on the weekends. If I happen to forget to update the facebook page, I can do a massive update once a week. Speaking of that, go to facebook and like my page…please?

11. Beers to try next year.

I know that I’ll have a much larger list of beers that I want to try next year, but here are some that I really want to make sure I get my hands on. Since I’m deleting the list from last year of beers that I wanted to try, I wanted to list a few so that I don’t forget.

Bell’s Hopslam, Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, Dogfish Head Sahtea, Great Divide Belgian Style Yeti, Ommegang Hennepin, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Southern Tier Mokah, Terrapin Monk’s Revenge Belgian Style IPA

Here’s to another year of great beers! Thanks for reading!

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