I pretty much despise the thought of New-Year’s resolutions. Why wait for a new year to make positive change in your life?
I like to think of resolutions as yearly goals; something I want to see happen some time in the next year. Doesn’t mean I’m going to stick with it for the rest of my life (like the ever-popular “quit smoking”), doesn’t mean I’m going to initiate the change on January 1st. Just a general goal / promise to myself to help me remember the important things in my life no matter how busy I get.
For the past two years, my resolution has been “To drink and explore craft beer”. That one, seemingly-innocuous resolution has changed my life drastically. I went from not drinking beer at all to being a pseudo-connesieur and overall lush all while building a stronger relationship with my brother, the inspiration for what I do.
But lately I’ve been thinking my New-Year’s resolution needs revision. Though a wonderful statement in its simplicity, it’s been a slight detriment to the overall growth of my palate, and after two years I feel it needs a little direction / specificity. The larger premise of my resolution will remain the same, but I feel the need to add… clauses; a parlay, if you will. I like to think I’ll have a successful year if I complete all, or at least most, of the things on this list.
In addition to “To drink and explore craft beer”, I feel it necessary to include style parameters. This doesn’t mean I’m limiting myself to only one style of beer. On the contrary; I’m doing the exact opposite. By not guiding my palate and letting it run rampant, I’ve actually limited myself to strictly American craft. I love drinking local and with so many options available, I never really saw a point in drinking beer from other countries.
Over the past two years I’ve managed to completely or partially ignore all of Belgium, Germany, England, Asia, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and many other regions. My resolution for 2014 is to remedy this, specifically Germany and England, who I feel I’ve ignored the most.
In addition to said revision, I also plan to include wine on that list. Working for BevMo! has afforded me the opportunity to broaden my palate beyond beer and I plan to take advantage of it. And by opening my palate to wine, I better-position myself to grow within the company.
Also included in this parlay, I need to make more progress in my studies for either the first step in the Certified Cicerone program (Certified Beer Server), or the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). I’m leaning for towards the BJCP because I feel it would be more useful in a retail environment than learning how to tap kegs and clean lines.
There’s a lot of other little things on my list of things I’d like to accomplish in 2014:
- Visit / tour more breweries (Sierra Nevada is #1 on my list)
- Attend more beer festivals / events (I’d like to do at least 3 next year)
- Travel (Likely in March or April to Colorado with an online friend)
- Start a cellar (Buying a wine fridge with my tax refund)
- Pay off my debt (Paid for with the remained of my tax refund)
- Save for my trip to Belgium (Postponed til 2015 for previous 3 goals)
- Continue to develop my loose leaf tea brand, The Tearanny
- Explore and familiarize myself with flavors and aromas my palate senses in beer / wine (i.e. knowing what a grapefruit smells and tastes like) as well as expand my vocabulary for such tasks
And then there’s every day, run-of-the-mill bullshit like:
- Make new friends / spend more time building my relationships
- Enter a relationship / find love (but letting it occur naturally / not forcing it)
- Shed a few “el-bees” (lbs)
- Stop drinking so much god damn soda
- Quit Kohl’s and find a new job (I’m over that shit)
- Ride my bike more (possibly take a mini bike tour through wine country in the Spring, something I never got around to doing this year)
As someone who spends a sizable amount of time striving towards providing quality content to his readers, what I’m most interested in knowing is what you’d like me to do next year. I’m always looking for ways to keep my blog fresh for you all. If there’s anything you’d like to see me do or cover, please don’t hesitate to ask.