I expected to enjoy many good holiday beers this Christmas season, but instead my beer drinking and merry making have been derailed by a gastrointestinal virus. Luckily for me, I’ll have plenty of chance to make up for lost time in the new year what with three cool events coming up.
- Feast of The Five Firkins – The Whip restaurant hosts a five course feast with each course paired with a wonderful craft beer. This is the third annual feast and I’ve heard each of the previous were wonderful. The feast will be held January 10th and tickets are available from The Whip for $85 each.
- Belgianfest 2010 – The Washington Beer Commission presents the first ever Belgianfest, a craft beer event featuring Belgian style beers brewed by Washington craft brewers. The event will be held Saturday, January 23rd at Georgetown Studios at The Engine Room in Seattle (close enough to Vancouver). Tickets are $30.
- Beer Wars Screening – I don’t have many details on this one, but I’ve heard there will be a screening of Beer Wars at District319 in Vancouver on January 17th.
I hope your holidays have been better than mine thus far.
I know Christmas is just a few short days away, but if you wanted to get me something (you probably do) and haven’t yet, then I’d be all over this new book called Drinking Vancouver: 100+ Great Bars in the City and Beyond. It is a book about drinking in Vancouver! Not that I really need it, but I’m sure I could find a few spots in the book that I haven’t heard or thought of yet.
The book is written by John Lee, author of the Lonely Planet city guides for Vancouver, which means he knows these parts and is a good writer (even better than us). I’ve heard that John pays special attention to beer and many of our illustrious brewers, which can only be a good thing for our local beer scene. If you’ve been wanting to learn more about beer in Vancouver and wanted a guide, then buy this book and get drinking. I do believe the book comes out in January, but it is already available online from Chapters. I am definitely going to check this book out, even if nobody gets it for me for Christmas.
In the vein of my last post where I listed our top ten posts of 2009, I thought it might also be interesting to post our top keywords. These keywords are what people typed into Google to find us. I’ve read that over 90% of clicks from Google come from the first search results page and over 75% come from the top three listings, which means we likely rank pretty high for the keywords below. This also means that any companies or brands listed need to work on their online presence and SEO. I hope you find this list as interesting as I did:
- love good beer
- ozarks famous bbq
- stanley park 1897 amber ale
- brockton ipa
- ozarks restaurant langley
- good beer
- bud light lime
- sorghum beer
- beer cheddar soup
- beer butt chicken
- rickard’s dark
- rickards dark
- bud light lime calories
- cellaring beer
- greek beer
- stanley park beer
- bowen island brewery
- turning point brewery
- stanley park amber ale
- russell brewing ipa
- bud light lime sucks
- central city ipa
- ozarks bbq langley
- hells gate beer
It’s true, we’ve been around for a year now. We started this blog because we both love beer, were a bit bored, and wanted to do something fun. We’ve definitely learned a lot and our blog has led to some interesting opportunities. Admittedly, we didn’t really know what we were getting into and weren’t very good in the beginning. I think we’ve improved a lot though and the reports confirm we’ve decreased our coefficient of suck 76%, while effectively doubling awesomeness. While that may be made up, I can say with certainty that we drank a lot of beer and had some really good times this year.
It turns out the we have made a bit of an impact on the blogosphere. Google tells us that we’ve had almost 11000 unique visitors and 27000 page views, with daily traffic steadily growing from next to nothing in the beginning to today’s respectable levels. Who knew anyone would care to read our ramblings? Most of our traffic comes from organic Google search results. It turns out that we are pretty good at SEO, enough that Erik and I continually find our own blog in search results (irritatingly so, since we are usually looking for actual information ex. Google ‘caskival’). We’ve also seen a lot of traffic from referring sites and less and less people accessing us directly. My interpretation of this shift is that our friends no longer feel obliged to read our blog, but we are getting more traffic from the intertubes at large. Stupid jerk friends. Just kidding, I need you people to drink beer with.
We wrote a 191 posts last year, which is more than one every two days. Some of them were good, some were not very good, some made people angry (sorry), some were fun to write (wooo!), and some got us free beer (double woooo!). Looking back, it was interesting to see what posts garnered the most attention, where Erik was particularly good at picking hot topics. Below are our top ten posts from last year, six from Erik and four from me.
Top 10 Posts of 2009
- Bud Light Lime is an abomination
- Ozarks Famous BBQ
- Beer and Meat
- The Beer Cellar: how to cellar beer and why
- Calorie Content of Beer?
- Stanley Park 1897 Amber
- Dan’s Homebrewing Supplies
- Turning Point Brewery – the inside scoop
- Real Trappist Beer
- Review: Hells Gate Pale Ale
I hope we have another good year so I can write another post like this next December. Thanks for reading!
Last Friday I was told we’d be having an afternoon wine tasting at work. Being rather busy and not being able to drink much (what with the lengthy commute vast approaching), I wasn’t particularly enthused. But what the heck, right? Missing an hour or two of work on a Friday afternoon for some wine snobbery can’t be all bad. The tasting was put on by our neighbors with whom we split an office. We’d just moved in and I hadn’t met many people from the other company, save the pit bull who tries to bite my nuts off every time I go fill up my water bottle in the shared kitchen. Turns out he’s a friendly dog once you get to know him, but he takes a while to warm up to developers. The owner of said pit bull ended up being Chris Bjerrisgaard, fellow beer enthusiast and author of local blog Truecask.com. What are the odds? Pretty good actually.
Chris schools us in beer
Anyway, Chris brought some beer along to the wine tasting and schooled my colleagues in the finer points of beer. He brought along Driftwood Farmhand Ale (a Belgian Saison in style) and Storm’s 12 year aged fruit lambic, two fine beers. It was a pleasure to meet you in person Chris and thanks for sharing your goods!