A new start, a new site, a new opportunity to reflect on the world and the day. As is my nature I am sure it will have some smart-alec tendencies, but frankly I am more interested in understanding the future of beer and my small role in that. The Craft Beer community has grown too large for any one person to fully grasp it. With more than 2,000 breweries around the nation, you can never know all the latest news. For every brewery I know starting there are at least another two in planning stages I haven’t heard a whisper of and that is just here in North Carolina.
For the last six months I have been brewing and learning at a pub, getting a better understanding my system, the customers, and the challenges in a one man operation. When I first started I wanted to discuss publicly the lessons I am learning, my hope with this new site is to start bringing that idea to fruition.
On my way to work I think occasionally about the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It’s a wonderful story about one man’s devotion to his craft. Jiro complains about holidays and days he can’t work. As my wife can attest often when I am on a day off or not at work my mind is still spinning with the latest batch in process or some problem I am working on. I suppose I share that with him and I hope to be as successful one day. The bigger point is one I think about regularly, the sturggle for excellence in your trade.
This next week I’ll be attending the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, DC. I look forward to seeing old friends, both brewers and locals, but I am more looking forward to learning from people and making improvements to my brewing. Lastly I see it as an opportunity to get back into the habit of posting on a more regular basis.