Ah, sweet new year. A month in to 2013, and with it come visions of the smells of brewing and the sounds of bottles opening. Oh wait, I keep forgetting that bottling is too hard for most of you. Just imagine the sound of you pouring from a keg, ok?
As we look ahead to next year, I like you am wondering what I’ll be brewing. Here are some things I have in mind for a 2013 of homebrewing:
- Brew more. As a new dad, I am okay with brewing only twice in 2012 (Majic Apricot Pale Ale and Lovntheyarden Brown Wheat Ale, plus an easy batch of cider). But with my son past the first year mark, I want to brew at least 4 times. Hopefully 6.
- Brew some old faves. It’s easy to fall into a groove of never brewing the same thing twice. And it’s understandable. There are so many styles, clones, recipes, variants and new ideas that any of us could probably brew until we’re 100 and never brew the same thing twice. But there’s something to be said for making a few faves regularly. After 5 years of brewing, I’m ready for my brewing rep to include fewer new recipes and more old faves. Besides, old faves can always be improved!
- A beer with character. Something you may not know about me is that in addition to beer writing and business copywriting, I am also working on a fiction series based in indie travel and urban fantasy. There is a beer (similar to Guinness, in my imagination) that is practically it’s own character. For 2013 I’m going to figure out this beer and its corresponding homebrew recipe.
- Enjoy more local beer. 2012 has been a great year for craft beer in the area, and 2013 will be even more beertastic. Oakshire is opening their public house. Ninkasi and Hop Valley are working on expansions. Falling Sky has rocked our worlds, especially since it’s easier than ever to snag brew supplies and then nip next down the alley for a pint. And then there are the newbs coming online, like Plank Town, Claim 52 and Agrarian. I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be happier to spend 2013 tucking into local craft beer. When not enjoying my own beer, that is; it’s so local it’s from my own kitchen.
Like all New Years, 2013 is a year of promise. It’s what we do with the time we have that makes the difference with how satisfied with how we feel we used our time. For me, that’ll be writing more, brewing more, spending more time with family, and enjoying more local beer. Starting right now, with this glass I raise to you, to yours, and to a Happy New Beer!
— Revised; originally published in the Cascade Brewers Society Newsletter, December 2012