It’s been a helluva year. Breaking Brews and the Pittsburgh Craft Beer Network have evolved tremendously and we’ve welcomed hundreds and hundreds of new app users, social media friends, and blog readers to the family. This great big wild project I started back in 2014 was designed to provide education, entertainment, and focus on the growing craft beer and spirits scene in Pittsburgh and beyond, all while giving you a universal platform for discovering the really cool shit that’s happening throughout our libations community. To say 2016 served up some validation of that mission would be an understatement. And I have you to thank for that. Over and over and over again.
As 2016 draws to a close and we get ready for the clean slate of 2017, the Nostradamus in me feels we are in store for big things. Personally, I’ve been workshopping and brainstorming some new ideas to deliver more to you and the entire community as a whole. Some new features will be hitting Breaking Brews as we role into the new year and some major improvements and updates are brewing for PCBN Connect to continue making it the most comprehensive and useful guide for libations events and knowledge you could ever download on your smartphone and tablet.
But, before any of that happens, it’s time to take a break! As you know, tomorrow is Christmas and it’s one of my favorite holidays. I don’t get caught up in the hustle and the bustle and the agonizing task of trying to find everyone on my list the perfect gift. I’ve always been a sucker for tradition and I think it’s because I come from a family who taught me that that’s what Christmas is all about.
So, tonight, the family will gather for drinks of many different varieties and enjoy each other’s company while watching Christmas Vacation and crushing platters of smelts, shrimp, and calamari. And tomorrow, I’ll break out my cooking skills for our traditional Italian meal of homemade sauce, meatballs, and manicotti.
Tradition…is just awesome!
Then, Imma take the next week off. As the title suggests, “I worked really hard, Grandma…” If you don’t know what that’s from, you need to drop EVERYTHING and go watch Christmas Vacation RIGHT STAT NOW!
“Off” is a pretty arbitrary term. I plan on tapping into the R&D department of Breaking Brews by hitting some of the new breweries in town I haven’t had a chance to visit. Rough, rough stuff.
However, there will be no new blog posts for the upcoming week. Except for Thursday, which just happens to be my birthday. That day, I’ll have something brand new for you. Circle your calendar now. 🙂
To compensate for lack of new stuff, I went through all of this year’s posts on Breaking Brews and narrowed down my favorites to reshare with you throughout next week, the first of which starts on Monday the 26th. Stay close to the Pittsburgh Craft Beer Network’s Facebook Page and Twitter Account for those posts as they go live every morning!
We will return January 2nd with an ALL-NEW Craft Beer Spotlight, written by the lovely and talented Angelica Ross of Hops & The City fame. Going forward, she’ll be taking over The Spotlight and zeroing in on the must-visit destinations throughout Pittsburgh. Maybe even beyond…if we decide to take some road trips this year.
In closing, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you the happiest of holidays. Even as a person who’s somewhat gifted with words (data under review), it’s hard to capture how much I appreciate you taking the time to read these posts and help make the Breaking Brews/Pittsburgh Craft Beer Network community what it is today. I look forward to seeing what 2017 has in store for all of us in Pittsburgh and am beyond stoked to be there to celebrate it with you.
Cheers, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!