Today is quite the auspicious day, as it marks the 5th anniversary of Florida Beer Blog!
Since being created while sitting in a comfortable easy chair in Tampa, the blog has had close to a thousand articles, and we’ve watched the burgeoning craft beer scene here in Florida take off with wild abandon.
It’s been an interesting ride, I’ve done a number of things that I never thought that I would be able to do, and met some very amazing people.
And it is awesome to see what has happened in those five years. Of the earliest articles, the second and third articles are about places that no longer exist, and the articles after that are about tiny neighborhood breweries that have now exploded into multinational conglomerates.
I would like to think that my writing has gotten better, I’ve gained quite a few more followers, and just last month premiered a podcast, of all things. When the blog was started, I’m not totally sure I knew what a podcast even was. Heck, I don’t even know if they existed then.
With the first article, though, my topic was sort of an explainer, why I felt a blog that focused solely on Florida beer was a good thing.
I still think writing solely on Florida beer is a good thing, but not to promote as I once did five years ago. Now, I write to celebrate all the amazing games that we have achieved and see the incredible distance that we have gone in such a short amount of time.
People have finally realized that Florida craft beer is serious business, and we have plenty of breweries to cater to every taste, from hazebros looking for the top-rated, most unattainable beers to trade with, to everyday neighborhood people looking for a nice quiet pilsner at the end of a long day.
And being Florida, there’s plenty of nifty little places to go for people coming down here on vacation as well.
In all, Florida beer has come a very long way and I was happy to be able to see it, maybe not necessarily from the inside, but at least on a seat very close to the window. If you are reading this post or listening to it on the podcast, thank you for your support and I hope to have you back again in another five years and more.
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