May 16, 2013

Two Years of Beer Blogging: Check

Yours truly, hard at work at the
Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ
Festival in Atlanta.
I introduced myself to the world of beer blogging on May 16, 2011, with my first real post (a review of Yazoo's Dos Perros) coming a couple days later. I remember sitting in those Nashville coffee shops, embarking on this journey, having no idea where it would lead. Spending last weekend in Nashville, the city told me, "That's right, you don't live here anymore." There were new businesses and new buildings all over the place. It's true -- time really flies.

A year ago today I was living in Panama and I wrote a post similar to this one. I reflected on some of the ridiculously cool things I had done over the past year, including a class at the Siebel Institute in Chicago and the first ever Costa Rica Craft Beer Festival. I asked the question, "Where do we go from here?" Little did I know that my upcoming trip back in the US would take me through the town where I live today. A short twenty-four hours in Asheville planted a seed that would grow during my remaining time in Panama and convince me to move here just four months later.

But first, I had some writing to do. I can't possibly recap every post, but here are a few of the highlights (feel free to expand the archives in the bottom right of the page to explore more thoroughly):
  • La Rana Dorada - La Rana was my beer home while living in Panama. I was lucky to volunteer in the brewery for a few sessions, a one of a kind experience. I typically walked 45 minutes in the tropical heat to get there. It was worth every step.
  • Riverbend Malt House - Determined to check this place out, we planned a stop in Asheville between Charleston and Nashville. What if we had never made that stop? Things happen for a reason...
And then, we moved to Asheville and I said goodbye to Panama. A new adventure began back in the states...
  • GABF (Pt. 1/Pt. 2) - Why in the world Win Basset picked someone who hadn't even moved to the state yet to help represent the NC Brewer's Guild at the Great American Beer Festival, I'm not sure, but I'm glad he did. Is there any way I could have predicted a year ago that this would happen?
  • Two of my favorite and most successful posts from 2013 so far are How to Present an Incredible Beer and Cheese Pairing and the Top Beers and Beards from the Asheville Winter Warmer. I think this about the time when Asheville started feeling like home.
  • Oskar Blues Brewery, Brevard, NC - I was extremely lucky to be one of few admitted into the Oskar Blues Brew School. We just finished the course, so in a few weeks I should have a brewing certification from IBD in hand. Many thanks to the crew at Oskar Blues and Blue Ridge Community College for making this happen!
  • A Hops Industry Grows in North Carolina - I feel like I really stepped up my writing game with those post. I look forward to seeing what happens to the local hops industry over the next few years.
Another big development for me has been a transition into professional blogging. Not only that, but I get to write about something I'm really interested in: homebrewing. I look forward to this assignment on the E. C. Kraus blog as it pushes me as both a writer and a brewer. I'm also working with iBrewMaster, a homebrewing app for the iPad and iPhone, to help with user guide documentation and social media management. Stay tuned for more info from that project.

A lot can happen in a year...we can't possibly predict what the next twelve months will hold. One thing is certain: there's a lot more brewing, writing, eating, drinking, and exploring in my future.

Thanks, as always, for reading. Cheers!


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