Friday, December 30, 2011

The year in review

Year in review

This year was a loaded one for sure. A few bits of beer related info:
  • I went on 4 different beer focused trips to breweries that are based outside of IL
    • They were to Founders (2x) & 3 Floyds (2) but a trip is a trip
      • Founders events
        • Once for the hell of it
        • CBS release
    • 3 Floyds events
      • 15th anniversary party
      • My 1st Dark Lord day
  • I brewed at least 7x this year
  • Held my first beer + food pairing event
  • Converted a devoted wine person to beer (not completely but we are working on that)
  • I posted to this blog 16x this calendar year
  • I joined a homebrew club: Square Kegs ( )
On a personal level, it was also a good year:
  • I got engaged to my beautiful girlfriend of 3.5+ yrs
  • My Dad's cancer continues to be in remission
  • My fiance and I traveled somewhere out of state (someplace other than our respective home states)
  • A lot of photos were taken of the great times this year
  • My fiance surprised me w/ a visit from my nuclear family for my birthday

After looking over the lists above, I realize I have a few things to improve upon in the new year. Namely, I need to brew more beer, write more, travel more, and take more photos. Those  things aside, I would like to partake in a few more homebrew related projects, travel to more breweries (I'm looking at you Surly & Two Brothers), and I would like to increase the # of people I know in the beer community. Also, it would be nice to get out of the midwest for a trip.

All in all, it was a great year. I hope you all can say the same about yours.

Here is to a great 2011 and a better 2012!!

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