Year in Review 2015

This year has been an interesting and difficult for me. I moved back to the U.S.A. after living in Hamburg, Germany for over three years, and I am still adjusting. It is great to have seemingly limitless access to world class beer to enjoy, but I do miss drinking in public and the relaxed atmosphere of German beer culture.

Traveling around Europe in my free time has been an amazing experience for me, and it is something I've wanted to do for most of my life. Despite what I would consider extensive travel, it still feels like I have only scratched the surface of all the interesting places to go. After doing minimal traveling for the last half of the year I long for adventure, new sights and experiences. I would really like to travel in Europe again, but there is also the rest of the world I want to see too.


The highlight of my year in beer was easily Krakow, Poland. The city offered an excellent combination of quality, experimentation and price with beer. The old town had several bars which ranged from decent to some of the best I've been to. People were very friendly and excited to meet someone interested in their beer scene. If you want to go to an excellent beer city that is not often thought of as a beer city then Krakow is your choice. It also cooks up, what I would consider, absolutely delicious cuisine.


I've drank a copious amount of beer since I've been back in the U.S., and it has reminded me of how fortunate beer drinkers are in most of this country to have such a great selection to chose from. The first beer I bought after getting back was a 22oz of Space Cake from Clown Shoes. Two beers that made a strong impression on me were Oskar Blues Barrel Aged Old Chub and Burley Oak Sorry Chickey. I've also had many forgettable beers in the last six months, mainly from newer regional breweries trying to find their way.


I'm planning on changing some of the focus of the content of my website. I still have many posts from my last travels around Europe, but once they are done I plan on focusing much less on beer reviews. I will still review beers from lesser known breweries and limited releases, but I will spare people my thoughts on Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Sam Adams Boston Lager. I'm going to write more articles and focus on more in depth content.

I hope to find a job as a brewery representative or beer buyer in the coming months but really anything directly related to craft beer would be a step in the right direction for me. Speaking of which, want to give me a job?

I don't care for New Year's resolutions, but I do plan on diving deeper into the beer world in the coming year. Hopefully I will run into some of you at a tasting or beer festival. Until then cheers!, Prost! and have a great New Year.
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About Colin Smith

Hi, I'm Colin, I love a good hoppy IPA, but I can find immense enjoyment in a solid session beer, imperial stout, quadrupel or a nostalgic beer from my past.

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