One Year of Beer
Written by Taylor
It was just over one year ago that Michael and I decided to begin The Perfectly Happy Man. We chatted on the phone, swapped some emails, and because I had been learning how to design and develop in WordPress, it seemed like a good idea to just throw up a website and start reviewing some beer. We reached out to some good friends of ours who we knew shared our interest in beer and home brewing. All we really wanted to do was share the craft beer experience with each other. Because some of us live out of state (we’re based in Chicago…), it was nice to have a website as the focal point, where reviews and pictures could be published and opinions could thrive.
I’ve written before that when we started this website, I was sort of bored with beer. I just didn’t have a taste for it.
Only one year has passed … 12 meager months … and now I am profoundly excited about beer. Craft beer, mostly. In December 2009, craft beer in the United States was alive and growing. In December 2010, craft beer in the United States is kicking ass and taking names. Coast to coast, more and more craft breweries are popping up. These are establishments run by some of the most creative, authentically American souls ever to dig their hands into a bin of barley. We’ve got more brew masters, cicerones, promoters, bartenders, home brewers, and bloggers than ever before. And we’re growing in number by the day.
In so small an amount of time, The Perfectly Happy Man has become more than a side job. More than a hobby. Through our reviews and posts we’ve been able to meet tons of interesting new people. We’ve seen the mayhem at Three Floyds’ Dark Lord Day. We’ve bartered with beer collectors all over the country. We’ve developed awesome followings on Facebook and Twitter. And of course … we’ve reviewed more and more beers. About 500, to be exact.
I just wanted to write a word of thanks to all of you who frequent our site. We have some cool plans for 2011 … stay tuned for bigger and better stuff from your friends at The Perfectly Happy Man.
Cheers all, and Merry Christmas.