What a year. Cliche, but 2016 left a mark for everyone I know, good or bad and we'll all take away something that impacted our life. I've been blessed to have such great support over the year and want to thank you for listening and reading (although not much) from me this past year. So much has happened in our state it's almost overwhelming and that's a good thing! We've had our voice heard and changed our archaic alcohol laws in the state. Albeit baby steps it is something we can build onto it and make this state well known for making exceptional local craft beer. So I'd like to take this this as a time to reflect and resolve to you what I will bring to 2017.
Being a side business I never imagined all that would be involved and my consistency has suffered. I now have a structure that works for me and excited to provide podcasts of local breweries and the people behind them. We have great online sources that broadcast the news of what happens, I'd like to take you further and open the doors to transparency that we see in the industry. We love to see 'how the craft beer is made' and it brings us closer as a community. I am humbled to call many I have met over these years friends and building a better community around beer. (There is a reason it has been around for 9,000 years and saved the world countless times.)
Everyone wanders for beer and with over 5,000 breweries in the US it's gonna be tough to hit them all. I'll be covering places that celebrate and make craft beer that should be on your radar. These may be a blog or podcast with short reviews and interviews of my travels throughout the year.
At a time of reflection I'd like to thank LOCAL for allowing me to create some inspiring art to help the mission of education to the well educated consumers. I'd also like to thank all the places that carry my creations. Okie Crowe for being the first to take a chance on me right from the start. Ida Red, Blue7, STASH, HighGravity, and DNA Galleries, thank you for your words of praise and encouragment. Be sure to keep watch on my Instagram (@beerisok) for new product updates, events and where you can get your Hoplahoma gear.
I'll wrap this up as I go watch my Blues take on Suck-hawks in the Winter Classic. I look forward to what this year brings and ever grateful for your support on this journey. Have a happy, healthy, and crafty new year. Cheers!