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Your New Year's (Beer's) resolutions for 2013

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by keithmurray, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Spend less on beer, I expect 2013 to be less blessed financially. Drink less imports, drink less, less expenses at bars, less fancy tastings, drink cheaper stuff, put a limit on expenses, either max. 2 trades or no trades at all, less days that I will be drinking, put a budget limit on things. I am already evolving towards that point… Would maybe like to do Optalse festival again, not sure about Borefts due to the cost, with the possible exception of Borefts no beer trips abroad.
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  2. Pelican5

    Pelican5 Savant (375) California Feb 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Chocolate Rain.
  3. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Advocate (640) South Carolina Nov 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    1) Acquire AND enjoy some Hill Farmstead
    2) Acquire AND enjoy some New Glarus
    3) Brewvival in Charleston
    4) Stockpile all of my favorites, for fear of disappearance. 4) Try not to gain 30 lbs while enjoying 1-4
  4. Schwerzpunkt

    Schwerzpunkt Aficionado (135) Oct 9, 2012

    My main one is to try at least one highly rated beer in each style (just turned 21 at the end of August). I also want to just gain more experience with and knowledge of each style so that I have a better context for my reviews.
  5. tony32408

    tony32408 Savant (260) New York Sep 21, 2009 Beer Trader

    I hope to hoard as much beer as possible. Drink none of it, share it with no one and post lots of pictures of my beer on beeradvocate.com. Oh, and support only large macro breweries.
  6. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    To enjoy beer in pubs more often than I do now (too much solo at-home drinking lately).
  7. abraxel

    abraxel Savant (395) Michigan Aug 28, 2009

    - Continue brewing regularly for the whole year
    - European beercation! London, Brussels, Bamberg, Munich, etc.? Still in the preliminary stages of planning :)
    - Vermont road trip -- Hill Farmstead, the Alchemist, etc.

    I'm excited.
  8. Stay with the basics, stop thinking that all these new great beers are going to be better then my staples and then being dissapointed.

    Like everyone else, drink the beer in my cellar, not just look at it in and imagine how good all that beer is.

    Just buy beer I happen upon at the store, no more searching out and caring if I miss something like KBS because well I have realized all beers are just beer and none are really special enough to spend time in my life searching for.
  9. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Advocate (510) Missouri Sep 14, 2011

    Good luck! Make sure you know the tasting part cold, especially your off flavors. Its the most difficult portion and the one that people fail most frequently. Cheers
  10. divineaudio

    divineaudio Savant (410) Michigan Dec 7, 2009

    1. Finish out the Beers of Fame list.
    2. Attend as many beer releases as my wallet can handle.
    3. Go to the Eccentric Cafe already, damnit. (Had plans 2 or 3 times now that always fall through).
  11. creepinjeeper

    creepinjeeper Champion (950) Missouri Nov 8, 2012 Subscriber Beer Trader

    1) To keep on expanding my beer palate until I find my go to craft beer. (So many have been so good!)
    2) To find more regional brews when ever I am on vacation and check out the breweries whenever possible.
    3) To become a trusted trader.
  12. asparkoflife

    asparkoflife Savant (365) Massachusetts Jul 12, 2011 Beer Trader

    Start Homebrewing, Hit at least 5 new breweries, get Cicerone certified.
  13. After more thought, I will also add that I will attend more beer FESTIVALS and avoid chasing whales at bottle release events at breweries. Too much hype and effort to be worth it. Great beer is everywhere.
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  14. Derranged

    Derranged Advocate (555) New York Mar 7, 2010

    To drink a 72oz bottle of Piraat and punch a stripper in the face at least once a month.
  15. dbfp210

    dbfp210 Savant (360) Pennsylvania Jun 27, 2012

    Spend less money.
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  16. NarrowG8

    NarrowG8 Disciple (65) Oct 1, 2012

    Mine is slightly opposite of most... actually start a cellar! I always seem to drink them before I can age them. Other than that, try some more rarities and make a trip to Vermont for a haul from Heady Topper & Hill Farmstead !
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  17. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    mine is to continue trying B-rated beers that are awesome, and to not make more than 2 store visits a week.
  18. atone315

    atone315 Champion (930) Wisconsin Oct 8, 2008 Beer Trader

    Staying off the FT: ISO: and only trading with established partners....feels like a creepy, dark alley there and I want no part of it!

    Also, paying CaveDave back for getting me into trading...I think Central Waters is releasing some pretty choice brews sooooooon...
  19. I'll be looking to finally try the last 8 beer styles that had eluded me so far, so I can round up the whole beer style list posted here on BA.
    American Dark Wheat Ale
    Biere De Champagne-Biere Brut
    English Pale Mild Ale
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  20. Cut out beer altogether for 60 days...sorry to ruin the party! New Job recently and awesome opportunity.

    I'll be popping a 18 year EC Eclipse tomorrow night if that helps make this response sound any better.

    I'll get back on the horse...
  21. Good luck to you man.
  22. alanc

    alanc Aficionado (105) California Aug 13, 2009

    Enjoying these styles myself, my guess is your math at the end of 2013 will prove your theory to be all wet. I will look for your reply in resolutions 2014 thread.

  23. alanc

    alanc Aficionado (105) California Aug 13, 2009

  24. mellowmark

    mellowmark Advocate (630) Minnesota Mar 31, 2010 Beer Trader

    To use some of my money for actual food.
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  25. Try to balance my 2 alcohol related hobbies...or obsessions in some cases, beer and bourbon. Also I hope to do more locals trades. By locals I mean trading a mixed 6 of my best local brewery for a mixed 6 of your best local. I will continue to drink MUCH more beer than all of my friends and be in better shape than them. Ah, the joys of being a short person.
  26. broseidon

    broseidon Zealot (85) Ohio Oct 17, 2012

    1. Get into trading. I've been meaning to, but I usually end up drinking stuff meant for trades/ bringing it out for special occasions.

    2. Work on trying to appreciate sours. I haven't written off the style completely, I just have yet to find one that I really enjoy. I have some great pairing tips from regulars and coworkers at my workplace, I just have to get myself to take the risk of spending money and not liking it.

    3. Drink a beer in every country I travel through this summer on the Mongol Rally, and try to bring back some of it to the states with me.
  27. I'm going to try for something close to that, though not totally dry. But I could definitely stand to drop some fat and my current level of consumption isn't helping any, especially here in Stout Season. But I've dedicated a pack of BCBS for the effort (intending to ration myself to one every Saturday night in January), and I'm gonna make a real effort to cut it out altogether during the week, and supplement my Saturnalia with just one bomber or two 12 ozs.
  28. Give IPA's a rest and start home brewing.
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  29. krl2112

    krl2112 Advocate (680) Illinois Nov 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    Yeah what he said. However he way I am going to put a dent in my cellar is to have some BA friends over from time to time to share my brews more!!
  30. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Savant (420) California Feb 15, 2011

    Only drink beer once a week, because I'm starting to get too fat
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  31. Rckmo10

    Rckmo10 Savant (275) California Sep 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    To make more beer than I buy, not quite as easy as it sounds.
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  32. i concur. I am not sure why it has taken me so long to realize that beer is my true calling. At least its calling my name right now ;). Also I would like to put subscribe to beer advocate magazine on this list ( i know, i appear to be a regular girl scout, scouting for beer ).
  33. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Advocate (520) California Dec 21, 2011 Beer Trader

    -Be able to quit work and do my show full time (biggest one)
    -Take and pass the beer servers exam
    -Broadcast from San Diego Craft Beer Conference & GABF
  34. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (660) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    -Upgrade brewing equipment
    -Visit more breweries in Texas & try to visit breweries in other states (got a trip to Colorado planned for May)
    -Go to more BA events in town (tough, because I work overnights)
    -Go to La Muerta Day next year at Freetail
    -Get bigger fridge so I can store more beer at 55F than I do now
    -Get my girlfriend into sours
    -Convince/trick a brewery I love into hiring me (alright, that one might not happen)
  35. Lare453

    Lare453 Champion (975) Florida Feb 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Try to buy less beer.
    Drink down my cellar.
    Get beer for others more often.
    Get a couple bottles of every ccb one off.
  36. pixieskid

    pixieskid Advocate (670) Germany Jun 4, 2009

    Finally starting the beer project (commercially brewing my own beers) I have been thinking about for some time. Really hope something comes of it this year, that's the plan...
  37. Schwantz

    Schwantz Savant (390) Florida Dec 16, 2012

    Find a girlfriend my beer likes
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  38. kpanter

    kpanter Savant (280) Florida Nov 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    -Start homebrewing
    -Try more beers (Hill Farmstead, FFF, and other breweries known for amazing IPAs/DIPAs/IIPAs)
    -Go to Hunahpu's Day & try every CCB special release of 2013
  39. Rfunk

    Rfunk Aficionado (125) California Nov 28, 2012

    I just started studying for mine.(Certified Cicerone) But my beer goal now, is just to get my hands on my long wish list of world-class beers. I have already obtained a few, but want several more for a 5 star tasting. But buying a house comes before beer....:/
  40. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Champion (980) Indiana Aug 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    1. Get more of my friends into good beer.
    2. Attend a few events.
    3. Try to get at least to 50 out of the top 100 beers marked off my to do list.