Happy Brew Year! 2015

As the end of the year rapidly approaches, I sit here in the humid, Townsville heat and think back to the year that was. When I did my first Brew Years round up last year, I had really only been in operation for about 5 months, with all but a mere 2 weeks being in the city I purported to be a blogger for. This year, however, was much, much different. This year, I was home. This year, I was able to go to events. This year, I was actually a Brisbane based writer (I do use the term ‘writer’ loosely). Continue reading

Blind Leading the Blind #1 – Pale Ale

Drunken conversations breed bad ideas. “Watch me climb this tree”, “Let’s go streaking”, or “We should buy a bar!” are but a few of the horrible flashes of genius that can pop into existence whilst inebriated. I must admit, I’ve had my fair share, most of which I refuse to share out of pure embarrassment. However, it has been said that an infinite number of monkeys typing on an infinite number of typewriters will eventually create Shakespeare, thus, out of those thousands of really poor ideas, a brilliant one sneaks through. Continue reading

Hottest 100 2014

It’s that time of year again. No, not the twinkling of Christmas lights and the frantic cash-grab which is the holiday season; I’m talking about the Hottest 100 vote from the Local Taphouse.

Last year, I based my picks solely on new check-in’s. While this wasn’t necessarily a bad criteria, I couldn’t help but think that it’s innately flawed this time around. 2013 was all about the “new” beer for me. 9 out of 10 taps could have been ones I’ve consumed and rated highly, but if that last tap was new, I’d select that one, even if I was warned against it.

This year, however, I’ve taken a bit more laid back approach. If I like a beer (and more importantly, I remember liking it), then I’ve been more willing to forego the unknown variable. I still tend to lean towards the flashy new tap, but I’ve grown a greater appreciation for the “old faithful” principle.

So here in lies my dilemma. Do I select beers that are new to me this year, or give the tried, tested, and true a fair crack at my votes? Do I want to sit and look at all my unique check-ins for the year and decide based on rating, or do I select the beers that stand out most in my head?

How are you selecting YOUR votes this year: the mind-blowing once-off, or the solid, reliable, staple beer?