Monday 6 August 2012

Back from a blogging hiatus

You may have noticed that I've been quiet of late. Then again, there's been so much going on in the beery world that I think that's very unlikely. It was fantastic to meet so many fellow bloggers at EBBC in Leeds back in May. A conference like no other, where the emphasis was firmly on inclusiveness, ethics and let's be honest, having a damn good time. I was also thrilled to be able to visit two of the rising stars of the UK's exciting craft brewing scene during the weekend - Summer Wine and Magic Rock (blog posts will follow!).

A few days after that weekend in Leeds, I set off on an 8 week journey that would take in some of the most incredible places in the world, including some top beery destinations. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity, created by the perfect storm of planetary alignment and a touch of good fortune. A pre-wedding adventure like no other. I've so much to blog about from this trip that it may take me a while to catch up! Look out for posts on:

  • Craft beer scene in Sydney, Australia
  • New Zealand's craft beer explosion 
  • Visits to some top US West Coast breweries including Stone, Ballast Point, Port Brewing/Lost Abbey, Alesmith and Green Flash
  • Seeking out good beer in Las Vegas
  • A whirlwind trip to Wisconsin
  • A visit to the Goose Island brewpub
  • A tour of the incredible Dogfish Head brewery

As if that wasn't enough, I'd also like to post about IPA Day and GBBF. This will all have to play second fiddle to the wedding planning though - only 6 weeks to go!

I'll leave you with a graph (of course) knocked up to respond to a post on twitter. Completely out of kilter with the rest of this blog post but I think the colours of the Abstrakt labels look nice together and may brighten it up a bit. My only observation is that this somewhat resembles BrewDog's growth in terms of revenue. I wonder what happened to the couple of litres of AB:03 that prevented it being a nice round 3200 bottles. Maybe they fell into Bracken's bowl.


  1. Great to see you back with us mate, looking forward to enviously reading tales of your exploits

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