Over the last couple years I have put a lot of time and effort into this site. In the beginning it was just a way for me to express myself through home brewing and writing. I already had the background in tech, so I thought I should be able to share my home brewing experience through a blog. beerbits.blogspot.com was born on August 3rd, 2005.
I think one of the catalysts that launched me into this whole endeavor was when a friend of mine Jeremy started talking about home brewing. I said, "I used to brew." Well before you know it we were over at my place boiling the wort. After a few more batches together and a starter kit for Jeremy, he and his friend Gabe brewed their own batches for a sort of a brew off at Gabe's work. See it's contagious :-)
There are many people out there who would try home brewing if they thought they could do it. I know that somehow it seems like magic when turning water, malt, hops and yeast into beer. In a way it is, but, you don't have to be a magician to participate. You just have to let nature take its course. That was the reason I started this blog.
Since then a lot has happened. About a month and a half later Bryan took me up on my offer to be a contributor, nay, partner of beerbits. With that first post came a description of the St. Feuillen dinner at Monks. This was a whole new side of beer I hadn't experienced. My first Monk's dinner was to come much later, but the seed was planted.
This was a very important time for The Brew Lounge. Bryan and I would constantly be mulling over ideas for the site. Soon Bryan and I decided to get a new name for the site.Eventually we landed on a suggestion from Matt, Brew Lounge or The Brew Lounge. We registered the domain and changed the site name sometime in late October '05.
I'll stop the history lesson here. Time to fast forward through dinners, events, topic of the day, tastings, contests, video, growing hops, live video, monthly beer calendars, categories, adsense, flickr, The Session and lots more I'm too lazy to type. I'm sure there will be more of this retrospective as the two year anniversary of The Brew Lounge approaches.
So what am I getting at? Well, I've decided to move on. I'm not sure what I'll be doing. I created a blog called beerbits2 so I have a place to continue my posting & tech fiddling habits ;-)
I do know that Bryan will be continuing to man the ship from here on out. You couldn't ask for a better captain! But, I don't have to tell you. You've read his events calendars, beer bar/pub reviews, event coverage and he ain't too bad at takin' photos either ;-) Yep, that's right Bryan was the expert photographer for this snapshot.
I'm sure you'll see some comments from me from time to time. I have to keep Bryan on his toes ;-)
Here's a big CHEERS to everybody who reads this site.