2013 has been a long and somewhat painful year in my life but has been a great year in blogging for me (the two may be related…). I’m happy to say that I successfully completed one my great blogging goal for the year. That would be the complete run-down of the 3 tier system (start with my introduction). It was something I wanted to do for a few months but kept growing in scope. I finally decided to break it into 5 parts and bust it out in 2013. I’ve put far more work into that series then anything else on the blog and I’m quite happy with the results I achieved, even if it hasn’t pulled in the most page views. Many thanks go out to everyone who sat down and shared a beer with me to get that series done. I was gonna pull up a bunch of my favorite posts for this year but there are way too many to do that. So I’m gonna pick two and they both involve of my fellow local beer bloggers.
Cincinnati has been exploding with local breweries, almost all of which make an IPA. Back in August the other Cincinnati bloggers and I got together for a big blind taste testing of all the local IPAs. It was a great time hanging out with folks who have become good friends. If you missed out on that go check it out here.
We all had so much fun doing that we decided to hang out again but to put our powers to good. Earlier this month we got together again for a bottle share and invited all of you. After all the bottles were emptied we ended up raising almost $500 for Child’s Play Charity, hooking up sick kids at hospitals with video games! If you don’t follow Brew Professor, Beer Mumbo, Love Beer Love Food, Queen City Fresh, Hoperatives, or WCPO’s Jesse Folk you need to change that and start now! They’re all great bloggers and I’m happy to have them as competition, and friends.
Well that was this year and it’s time to get on to the next one!
Having successfully completed my blogging goal for 2013 I’m even more excited for my two goals of 2014. I know a tremendous amount about beer (though there will always be others who know more) but little about spirits and almost nothing about wine. Sure, wine is made from grapes, is either red or white, and clocks in around 18% ABV… other than that it uh… only comes in bottles? Or boxes?? So my first goal of 2014 is to learn a lot more about wine. To that end I took my Grandpa’s Christmas present of a Barnes & Noble gift card and turned into books on wine. Thank you Grandpa!! If you have any tips on wine and wines to try, especially local ones, please let me know! If I feel I’ve successfully learned a decent bit about wine I’ll move on to spirituous liquors starting with the preferred barrel of beer brewers, bourbon.
What are your beer, brewing, or blogging related goals for 2014?