Reflections on a Year of Beer Blogging

It’s been one year since I decided to legitimize my developing alcoholism by hiding it behind the facade of a craft beer blog… just kidding… maybe!

I started this blog as an outlet for my love of craft beer and my long-neglected passion for writing. When I started out, I thought I knew a lot about beer, but looking back, I’d only really scratched the surface. Writing this blog has taught me so much about craft beer and the brewing industry, to the point where I’ve become something of a beer evangelist—spreading the good word and converting people to the church of Saccharomyces!

Not only this, but I’ve made tons of great connections at breweries, liquor stores, bars, and with other craft beer enthusiasts over the last year. Many of these connections have turned into friendships, some of the best friendships I’ve ever had, actually. In fact, I met my girlfriend though these very friends, and she’s the best thing that’s happened to me in a long time!

This time last year, I was pretty sad, lonely, and introverted. Now I’m happy (for the most part), have a girlfriend, lots of great friends, and an active social life. It’s pretty safe to say that craft beer has changed my life for the better!

When I first started writing this blog, there were about 200 people a month viewing the site. Last month month it was up to 2000, so I guess I’m doing something right! Thank you so much to every one who has read this site over the last year and provided feedback. I’m hoping to make it bigger and better over the next year! (Anyone fancy helping me migrate this off and making it look like a real site?)

To celebrate a year of blogging I split a 5-year-old bottle of Old Embalmer barleywine from Wildmer Brothers and it was amazing!