A year ago, I made my resolutions for 2010 as they related to my life and work in the craft beer world. Some evolved and changed as time went on, and some I dropped all together when I realized they were not where I wanted to go with my life. So before I make my new list, Lets review how 2010 turned out:
1. Attend GABF in Denver for the first time. - Didn't happen. Mostly due to lack of planning on my part, and then conflicting schedules. Looking to try to make it happen this year.
2. Visit more breweries. - I would say I did okay on this one. Any time I travelled, I tried to make a point to visit any local breweries I could. Not as many as I would have liked, but I did make a good effort.
3. Start rating beers. - I stopped doing this almost as quickly as I started. I enjoy reviewing beers, talking about the flavors and what I like, etc... but the whole rating thing just didn't feel right for me.
4. More homebrewing. - Failure. I brewed a total of 4 batches this year, about a third of what I had hoped for. They all came out great, but too infrequent.
5. More writing. - Pretty good. While my articles for Examiner and Hop Press slipped, I did pick up the Creative Loafing gig, but I need to be more consistant all the way around.
6. More drinking. And by this I do not me quantity, but variety. - Definitely did this, and got to sample and explore a LOT of new beers.
7. More reading. - I read everything I could get my hands on, and continue to do so.
8. Certification and study, part 1. Cicerone program. - Just never got around to it, really.
9. Certification and study, part 2. Beer Judge Certification Program. - Somewhat limited by access and availability, not to mention time.
10. Continue to be a vocal craft beer advocate. - A+. I took a much more active role this past year not only in trying to educate people about craft beer, but standing up for it as well.
So all in all, I give myself a passing grade, but with a lot of room for improvement. Coming soon, the 2011 resolutions!
- Beer for the Daddy