Daily Beer Review 07/20/12 – 03/31/17
This is not an April Fool’s Day joke.
It is time for the Daily Beer Review to come to an end.
I posted the first Brew/Drink/Run beer review on May 1, 2012. As of July 20, 2012 the beer review became a “Daily Beer Review”, and as of yesterday that streak comes to an end. That is 1,716 continuous days with a unique beer review. It’s a feat that was never intentional, but even I’m a little impressed by it!
There are several reasons for this decision:
- Money. I didn’t post every single beer review in that span of 4 years, 8 months, 12 days, but the majority did fall on my shoulders… and liver. Many of those beers were generously gifted or shared with me, and some were provided by breweries, but for the most part I’ve personally paid for most of beer that has been reviewed. The cost has started to become too great a burden for me to continue.
- Quality. The Brew/Drink/Run philosophy for the beer review was to only review beers we really like. There are plenty of places to go on the internet if you want to read someone trash someone else’s hard work. I truly understand the passion that goes into brewing beer, so we kept the negative reviews off the site. I tried to keep the reviews honest, pointing out what I saw as flaws when appropriate, but in the context of a beer I think was well worth drinking. Lately I feel like my standards have been slipping a little bit. When limited to my local distribution I am quite frankly running out of really good beer to review. I have pushed the line a few too many times over the past year, reviewing beers I might not normally only because the Daily Beer Review had to come out.
- Time. I’m spending way too much time sitting behind this laptop, drinking and typing. I am ready to go back to enjoying beer to simply enjoy it. I am ready to go back to purchasing a six pack of beer I love for the week rather than a mixed six I might not enjoy to review.
Hold on there folks, you’re not getting rid of me that easy! Although the daily beer review has become a bit of a burden, that doesn’t mean I no longer enjoy writing them. Starting soon Brew/Drink/Run will feature The Beer Of The Week! A longer form beer review of the best beer we had the previous week. Where as the Daily Beer Review was a quick snapshot of a tasty beer, this new format will go deeper into the flavor and history that beer. (You know, some actual research!) I’m looking forward to continuing to showcase exciting new beers while being able to revisit fantastic beers all over again.
Lee, Raymond and I are also discussing other ideas to bring you more information about new releases, industry news, beer opinion, quick beer reviews, interviews and much more! For those Daily Beer Review regulars who’ve been coming to read this over the past 4 plus years, thank you. Stick with us, there will be some exciting new changes to the website over the next few months.