2009 was a great year for many reasons:
- More collaboration between breweries(Sierra Nevada + Dogfish Head, Brewdog + Stone + Cambridge, etc)
- Unique styles composed by major breweries (Victory Brewing's Yakima Twilight, Port Brewing Hot Rocks Lager, etc). NOTE: More new beers from 2009 can be found here
- New business approaches were utilized abroad. Specifically, Brewdog's Equity for Punks campaign (that is still open for purchase until the 8th of January).
- Old brewing means utilized by current breweries (Brewdog's Atlantic IPA & Epic Brewing's Armageddon India Pale Ale).
I tried to think up some yin to the '2009 was a great year' stuff, but that is difficult because a) with beer, failures are still great things that have reason to be celebrated. B) Beer is something that does not seem capable of letting you down (depending on where on the beer euphoria journey you are).
While it is good to reflect on the year that is coming to a close, it is good to look to the year to come. In 2010, there will be new brewing schedules, breweries will come out with new beers for us all to try, and more people will get bitten by the homebrew bug. It was a great 2009 but it is going to be a better 2010!!