Usually this blog shares news of other businesses celebrating anniversaries, and I’m not going to make a big deal of this, but the Washington Beer Blog just passed a very significant milestone. On October 10, 2008 we published our very first story. Since then, we have published over 4,700 stories. Our next significant milestone will come in a few months when we publish our 5,000th story. Think about that for a moment.
To say a lot has changed in 10 years would be a gross understatement. This is true of the beer world and also of the world in general. So let’s join Peabody and Sherman for a trip in the Washington Beer Blog’s Wayback Machine.
When we launched this blog…
- Washington was home to, maybe, 100 breweries. Probably less. (We now have over 400.) Here’s a report from 2010 about the remarkable growth that was just beginning. We had no idea what was about to happen.
- George W. Bush was still in office and Barrack Obama had not yet been elected. Three months later people were celebrating the inauguration. Yes, celebrating, inauguration, yes, celebrating.
- Anheuser-Busch InBev had not yet begun to meddle in the world of craft beer. The beer behemoth bought Goose Island, their first meaningful craft acquisition, in 2011. Here’s what we had to say about that when it happened. Some ominous words of warning.
- Georgetown Brewing was still operating out of a comparatively tiny space in the old Seattle Brewing and Malting building on Airport Way, but we reported that the “new” facility was on the way.
- Facebook? What’s that? Don’t you need a .edu email address to use it?
- Washington Beer Blog was an early adopter of a fancy new technology called Twitter, but we were told that there was no way people could communicate 140 characters at a time. No way! That’ so stupid.
- Fremont Brewing did not exist. Here’s our report from the days when the now-beloved brewery was nothing but an idea and a cardboard diorama.