Ed note: Site Co-founder, photographer, and my partner in all-things Julie takes a moment to share what the first year of Beer of Tomorrow has been like from her perspective.
A little over a year ago, John approached me with a crazy idea. He wanted something we could do together encompassing his favorite hobbies. Writing and craft beer seemed to be the highlights on that list and here it was – the idea for Beer of Tomorrow.
I kind of figured the whole project would last a few months and lose steam – or at least John would lose some motivation on the idea, but as the weeks became months and we started making connections with other bloggers and meeting brewers and trying some amazing beer it all started coming together. There was even a point John was ready to give up and after the success that Beer of Tomorrow was just starting to see I just couldn’t let him quit.
Here we are after a year and I couldn’t be more proud of all Beer of Tomorrow has accomplished, and through it all I’ve gotten to share the ride with my favorite person in the world! I’ve been to numerous festivals and dinners and parties and tastings enjoying some of the greatest beers our great city and country has to offer. We’ve had some great experiences from connecting with the LA Craft Beer Bloggers as they all work towards sharing their passion for craft beer through writing, to meeting Brew Masters and brewery owners who exposed us to their artfully crafted brews – beers I never thought I’d try – let alone fall in love with.
A year ago I would barely tolerate beer – I was strictly a Vodka girl who would have a Newcastle once in a while – and now I find that my newly expanded horizons allow me to enjoy a tart and light Berliner Weiss and a strong and roasty Imperial Stout and most everything in between. I’m a real believer in the mission to bring the love of craft beer to the people of Los Angeles, and now look for new ways to spread the word about LA beer. We reached out to the community for a call-to-action to bring made-in-LA craft beer to Dodger Stadium and I’m proud to say that Golden Road and Fireman’s Brew are now available there (and I’d like to think our campaign at Beer of Tomorrow had something to do with that.)
I couldn’t have done any of it without John and his hard work and dedication, but we also couldn’t have done it without the support of our community, our dear friends and family, and all of the readers.
I’m still flying a bit high after the Beer of Tomorrow First Anniversary Party this past Saturday – to see so many people, old friends and new, who share our love and passion and supporting the effort that John puts in every day – I can’t tell you all enough just how much it means to me. It’s nice to see that after a year of prodding and encouragement that I have all of you to help me keep John motivated to keep on!