I recently wrote a beer review for Stone Brewing's Lukcy Basartd, a beer I genuinely enjoyed. The original Arrogant Bastard was a very influential beer for me in my craft beer journey, and I said so in the article. Naturally, my editor and the magazine tweeted a link to the article, as they always do. And i got this response:
Yep... that's Greg Koch, owner and brewmaster at Stone Brewing. So, that felt pretty good to have that kind of affirmation.
I also learned that there is a new craft beer bar opening in St. Petersburg. It will be within the next few weeks, and the guy in charge seems to have a good plan. What makes it funny, though, is that it is opening in a location at the base of the building that I used to work in! It figures, after five years there, just a few short months after I leave, a craft beer bar opens there. Not that it would have kept me there... *shudder*
And finally, I was asked to write an article on the Cigar City Brewing label art contest that was announced today. It's nice to be the one people come to for something like that. Makes me feel like I am contributing and part of the scene.
I am sure the days and weeks ahead will reveal more and more good stuff. I feel it, and I look forward to the surprises.