BillyBrew is 2 Years Old! Here’s What Has Happened

January 25,2012 by 12 Comments

It’s hard to believe, but today is the two-year anniversary of this blog.birthday beer

Man a lot has happened. I’ve met a ton of cool people, drank copious amounts of delicious beer, and even launched a business over at The Homebrew Academy.

To celebrate, I’m going to highlight the top posts from the blog. I didn’t celebrate the 1 year anniversary, which in a way is nice because it gives me 2 whole years of posts to choose from.

These are based on site stats, buzz in social media, and just some of my favorites.

I hope you enjoy. Thanks to all my readers for making this thing fun and here’s to many more years of writing about the good stuff.

Top Posts and Favorites

Best rant – “Hey Bartender, Give me a Real Domestic”. It felt good to air it out on this one.

Most fun to produce – The Creative Rebirth of Beer Cocktails. Getting to film at Euclid Hall with Mr. Cicerone while drinking early on a Sunday – priceless.

Best silly post – 5 Movie Characters I’d like to Drink a Beer With. This one got a bunch of comments and responses on Twitter. What are your 5?

Best industry post – The Rise of the Craft Beer 4-Pack. A lot of research went into this one (relatively speaking of course) and it turned out great.

Most inspirational – 10 Examples of the Beer Hunter’s Brilliance. If you love good beer writing, you’ll love these quotes from one of the best.

Best guest post – Why Fresh Hop Ales Can Be Deceiving. Heather dove deep into the world of fresh hop ales and found some surprises.

Top Homebrewing Posts

1 – How to Make a Yeast starter. Not only the top homebrewing post, this is the top post I’ve ever published on the blog in terms of views. The word is out – yeast starters make better beer.
2 – Yeast Washing. This one is close behind the starter video. I give the yeasties a bath and show you how to save money on brewing. Always a good thing.
3 – How to Build a Kegerator Collar. Ah, my kegerator. How I love thee. This video of my build took off like a rocket and inspired many other brewers to build their own kegerator, as you can see in the comments.

Top Beer and Food Posts

1 – Microbrew Beer Can Chicken. I stuck an Oskar Blues Old Chub in a chicken and people loved it.
2 – Roasted Garlic IPA Mashed Potatoes. I made this recipe created by The Homebrew Chef Sean Paxton and continue to make it on a regular basis. It’s amazing.
3 – What Cheese Pairs Best with an IPA? Easily the most delicious video I’ve ever made as I got to combine two of my favorite things.

Most Discussed Posts

1 – What’s Your State’s Dream Team Six Pack? – I show off the new Colorado mix 6 pack and get feedback from readers about their picks. It turned into a really useful guide if you do any traveling.
2 – 20 Beers We Take for Granted. We take soooo many beers for granted. I could add 100 more since writing that post. Add your list to the comments if you haven’t already.
3- My Untappd Code of Ethics. A recent post that really struck a chord with people. So far I’ve stuck to my code, but there is a lot of beer drinking ahead of me.

What were your favorites? Any I didn’t mention?

About Billy Broas

He is the founder of The Homebrew Academy, a BJCP beer judge, and the homebrewing expert on the Rocky Mountain PBS television show Colorado Brews. He lives in the fine beer town of Denver, Colorado.

12 responses to “BillyBrew is 2 Years Old! Here’s What Has Happened”

  1. Dave Butler says:

    Grats on your first two years of blogging! Here’s to many more – Cheers!

  2. Mike says:

    Congrats on the two years of blogging! I know it’s not easy, so it’s a pretty amazing feat to get to two years.

    On a side note, it looks like I have some reading to do!

    • Billy Broas says:

      Thanks Mike. Yea it felt a little silly making a big deal out of 2 years, but in the blogosphere I’m a teenager.

  3. Scott says:

    Congrats on 2 years Billy! Keep up the great work! :-)

  4. Dr. Bill Broas says:

    Congratulations Billy! Looking forward to the Brutus 10 build!

  5. Sheppy says:

    Happy Birthday. I enjoy reading your blog. I didn’t realize you were only 2 years old.

    The “Yeast Washing” video is probably what I consider my favorite of yours. When I get a question about harvesting yeast, this is the blog post I refer people to. I do like them all, though. keep up the good work.

  6. Hoptomology says:

    Great post, thanks Billy!
    also, congrats on your 2nd anniversary. I especially loved reading the post from Michael Jackson. He really does have a way with words, I need to take more time and read some more from him, I haven’t read enough…..


  7. Sean says:

    Keep up the great work!


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