To this point we presented our list of favorite things in no particular order. Meaning, we do not necessarily like thing number three more than thing number six. However, we have saved the best for last. So with no further ado, we present our very favorite thing: the people.
That’s right, the people of Washington beer is our number one favorite thing.
The best thing about writing this blog is the people we have met and the friendships we have formed. We have met some of the nicest people on earth and we are honored to call some of them our friends.
The Brewers and the Breweries
Collectively you have welcomed us into your world with open arms and warm smiles. Our mission here at the Washington Beer Blog is to celebrate Washington beer and you seem to recognize the purity of our intentions. We thank you for your time, your stories, and for the many samples you have poured us from your taprooms and brite tanks.
By now, most of you recognize that we are on your side. The worst thing we’ll ever say about you, your brewery, or your beer is nothing at all. There are plenty of people out there just waiting for the chance to say something negative. Thank you for recognizing that the Washington Beer Blog is a different kind of forum.
Very seldom do we talk to a brewer who feels like he/she is in competition with anyone but themselves. For Kim and I, the other realms in which we have conducted our professional lives (software, marketing, real estate, etc.) are not so friendly. The local beer industry is a relief.
At first it was hard for us to believe the spirit of camaraderie and community that exists in the Washington craft beer business. Perhaps it is because you all realize how much room there is for craft beer to grow in the overall market space. Perhaps it is because you get to play with hoses indoors (Bill Jenkins says that’s why he likes being a brewer). Maybe its simply because you are artisans at heart and make your living doing something you truly love. Then again, maybe you’re just too nice to know any better. Whatever the reason, you have a great attitude and we love being around it.
Ya, I know it is a generalization. There are some competitive people who see themselves at odds with their fellow brewers, but that seems rare.
Here on the blog we used to do free beer give-aways. We’d mention where we were going to be–a festival or some other event–and announce a magic word. The first person who came up to us and said the magic word would get a free beer. It was a nice idea, but we rarely made it more than a few steps inside the front door before one of you found us and gave us the magic word. One person actually told me that I had it backwards: that the first person who finds us should have the honor of buying us a beer. Cheers to that!
If we gave away those beers just because we wanted to know that you were paying attention, we got the message loud and clear. As if having over 600 people subscribed to our RSS feed and over 2,000 people follow us on Facebook and Twitter isn’t a clear enough message.
Thank you. You guys rock!
We truly appreciate all of you. Many of you have come up and thanked us in person for what we do. It’s a labor of love, for sure, but we appreciate your kind words.
On Twitter, on Facebook, in person, and through comments on the blog you have engaged us. We love it when you become part of the conversation. Okay, I admit that I get a bit miffed when the only people who speak up are the ones with something negative to say, but that’s the nature of a blog. If 99 percent of the people like a story, the one percent that don’t are mostly likely to leave comments. I get it.
I think you all will agree that it is fun being part of this beer community. Whether we actually belong to WABL or not, we are Washington Beer Lovers. There are many of you that we actually know and there are many more of you that we recognize. And there are many of you that we now are happy to call our friends. It’s pretty cool to go out to some random event and see so many familiar faces. Have you noticed that our numbers are growing?
So there you have it. People are our favorite thing. It is the people of the Washington beer community that make it so great. We love working with you. We love working for you. Because of you, producing this blog is a pleasure and an honor.