What do I want to be known for?
Here I am, over 2 and a half years into Simply Beer and this question has been on my mind a lot lately, “What do I want to be known for?” For my long time readers you have seen a progression of the site as I’ve been trying to figure out what I want Simply Beer to be. I had a realization a couple of minutes ago as I’m brewing this Saison. I need to start molding this site to what I want to be. If I can do that and not get caught up in what everyone else is doing, then I will have answered this question.
When I started Simply Beer it was all about the Beer Reviews. There is definitely a place on the internet for beer reviews, especially the more creative ones, but the more I did them the less I was enjoying the beer I was reviewing. Furthermore, I’m not a gifted writer, not even an average one in my opinion which makes writing more of a challenge. Plus, I really didn’t enjoying grading or giving scores. So about a year and half ago I stopped scoring beers and just started giving formatted reviews. Still I realized I really didn’t want to be know as a critic. Why? This goes back to my question, What do I want to be know for? I didn’t want to be a beer critic, beer review, or beer writer.
What do I want to be? I want to be a Brewer. It is now the precipice of my career, do I stay the course or take the plunge? I love making beer and sharing my beer with who ever wants to drink it, more so then drinking what ever commercial beer I have on hand. Also, I felt I couldn’t make that transition from Reviewer/Homebrewer to Homebrewer on course to a brewery career if I kept writing the reviews.
It was a quite a realization for me, probably easier for friends and family looking at me to see then for me to see myself. While I’ll still write some beer opinions because sometimes a beer is inspiring to me and I’ll write about it, but you will see more and more homebrewing on Simply Beer and some new post as I transition my career over the next five years to a Professional Brewer. That’s right, Time to take off the diapers and put on the big boy pants, I’m officially working towards a brewpub.
Right now I’m finalizing my application to the American Brewers Guild, taking the first steps to a formal brewery education. Words cannot express how excited I am to have a clear direction in my professional career. I’m taking the first steps in making my dreams a reality. I’m ready for the hard work and dedication.
So, What is it I want to be know for? I want to be respected as someone who makes great beer!