As we’ve now past the middle of January and I’ve completed some of my own planning for the year I thought I’d update you all on some of the things that happened at Craft Beer Vancouver last year, give some updates on current projects and changes, and also look down the road on what you can expect from me in 2016.  I have a closet full of beer so I figure that’s a good way to start of the year.

 

2015 Accomplishments

oak barrels at wander brewing

Plenty of oak barrels for aging beer.

Well last year had a lot of growth for me, especially relating to this blog.  It was the blog’s 1 year anniversary in late December, which afforded me an opportunity to look at what I’ve accomplished personally, as well as where the brewing industry has come in that same period of time.

On my side of things, the blog audience has grown significantly since initial launch, with over 6,000 visitors and an average of 800 page-views per month.  On Twitter as well the numbers are exciting, as I’m currently at just under 1,100 followers.  This is incredible growth in a short time, and I am grateful for the support.  Even greater though is the support that this shows for our local brewing industry and growler culture in Vancouver and in BC more generally.  It’s clear that people want to know about breweries, beers, and what is happening in the local scene.

On that note, the three most popular posts for me this year were:

  1. My trip to Bellingham 
  2. My Yeast Van Beer Tour
  3. My first beer advent calendar

 

New Years Announcements

Dogwood Brewing Sign

Photo used with permission of BeerMeBC

The big news for me is that I’m now a contributor at Beer Me BC.  I’ll now be writing for BeerMeBC regurlarly in addition to my posts for Craft Beer Vancouver.  My hope is that the partnership will allow me to focus more on my own interests here at Craft Beer Vancouver through talking about breweries, beer, culture, and my general positive view of growth in our local industry, while my posts at Beer Me BC will focus more on brewery profiles, beer reviews, and events promotion.  While there is naturally going to be some overlap, you won’t be reading identical articles on both sites, even if one story is based upon another.  If you haven’t already read it, here’s my first official post at BeerMeBC, a profile of Dogwood Brewing in South Vancouver.

 

Looking ahead

This year I’m proactively planning my beer-related travel ahead of time, rather than trying to do so on a whim like I did last year.  This means keeping on top of the events that are scheduled and generally becoming more serious about this whole beer blogger thing.  I’ll be the first to admit that it feels rather strange that this little pet project of mine has snowballed in the short span of a year into a part time job.  I certainly had no expectations of that from the outset, although I’ll admit that I did hope that it would be well-received from my peers and friends in the community.

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C12 Atom Logo
Photo credit @nixthecreative

As the year progresses I’ll be slowly revealing some of the other things I’ve been quietly working on to increase the visibility of the website and the blog, and to help support and promote our brewing scene locally.

As always, I’d love to hear your views.  Was there something you want to know more about, whether it is beer, brewing, or the brewing industry?  Perhaps there’s an event you’ve always wanted to attend but couldn’t, and you want to know what it’s about?  Or maybe you have some suggestions on how I can improve the blog and the site, whether through web development, better content, or new story ideas?  Whatever your suggestions I would love to hear them, so please leave a comment below, send me a message on social media, or email me on hello@craftbeervancouver.ca.  

Here’s to a year of growth and prosperity!  Cheers!

 

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