2011 was a great year for my beer culture. There were a number of firsts for me this year and I think that my new experiences really helped me get a fully understanding of beer culture. I am going to break up this post into three sections to help better organize my thoughts; beer culture, homebrewing, and 2012 plans
I certainty had a full year for my education in beer culture. I went to Europe for a week and a half and drank in half a dozen counties. Seeing how beer is treated overseas versus in the US was an interesting thing to see and I really want to go back to Belgium and Germany to enjoy more beer and beer culture. I also had the chance to meet Sam Calagione this year which was awesome as he is a role model of mine. I also attended my first beer festival this year and had an absolute blast. I can’t wait to go again next year.
I started homebrewing almost five years ago and this year was by far my favorite. I turned out a lot of great beer and also added a lot of needed (alright wanted) equipment. I now have a kegerator, grain mill, and an outdoor propane burner. All of these items have added to my enjoyment or understanding of the beer brewing process.
In 2012 I have a lot of things I want to do for the site and my own homebrewing. The first thing is that I want to move away from seasonal beers and try to get some wider release beers. The reasons for this are many, but it really boils down to two things, 1. Seasonal beers have been disappointing for me, and 2. this site gets visitors from all over the US and Europe, I want to review beers that my visitors can get as well so that we can share out experiences together.
On the actual site end of things I would like to clean-up the look of the site a bit and refine how I do the March Brewness competition/popularity contest. I would also really like to do a beer styles analysis to help me and my visitors break down the expected smells, tastes, and other characteristics from different beers. The final thing I want to do for the site is get more of my homebrewing documented. I didn’t post many recipes this year and I need to do a better job of that since I am producing some beer that I really enjoy.
On a homebrewing note I want to expand into lagers this year and I want to brew at least once a month. I would also like to try to duplicate some commercial beers just to see how well my brewing/tasting abilities are. The only other thing I hope to do in 2012 is keep the site updated on even days of the month. It’s a model that I have been trying to do for the past few months, and for the most part, I have done a good job.
Thank you so much for visiting BreweryReviewery. I really appreciate all of the comments and feedback that I get. I am well aware that there are many other beer review/homebrewing sites out there but it means a lot to me to see my visitor numbers grow each month. I hope everyone has a great 2012.
Do you have any 2012 beer plans?