Monthly Archives: December 2010

Two years of Love Good Beer

We created this blog over two years ago now, with no other goal than having a good time.  Having a beer blog has made us do a lot of things we likely wouldn’t have done otherwise, as such we’ve been successful in our one goal.  This past year we’ve posted quite a bit less, but have done a lot more living.  Erik is enacting some grand beer related plans and I’ve enjoyed many epic European beer experiences.  This past year I’ve gone to Portland for the first time, sampled many British pubs, visited the Great British Beer Festival, and experienced Oktoberfest.  If all works out well weather-wise I should be on my way to Belgium in a week’s time where I plan to hit up many a beer cafe and also visit the legendary Westvleteren monastery.  It’s been a good year.

I wrote a post after our first year and I thought I’d do so again this year.  Turns out that, despite posting less, we’ve doubled our traffic.  A lot of our old posts get quite a bit of traffic from google.  In the past year we had just under 22000 unique visitors and almost 43000 page views.  Here are the top ten posts of 2010, where most were actually written in 2009:

  1. Stanley Park 1897 Amber
  2. Turning Point Brewery – the inside scoop
  3. Rickard’s Dark Review
  4. Bud Light Lime is an Abomination
  5. The Beer Cellar: how to cellar beer and why
  6. Kona Brewing and other Hawaii beer stuff
  7. Beer and Meat
  8. Review: Bowen Island Brewing
  9. Gluten Free Sorghum Beer
  10. Dix Brewery Closing Down?

Those ten are also pretty close to our top ten of all time.  Can you believe we’ve had just over 31000 all time unique visitors?  Me neither.  So what’s in store for Love Good Beer?  I’m not sure.  We’ll likely continue to post sparsely whenever we come across cool beer related stuff in our travels.  I’ve got some lofty goals for 2011, to drink beer on at least two additional continents and to drink a beer after playing The Old Course in St. Andrews.  I’m hoping I can talk about those as triumphs the same time next year.  I wouldn’t mind heading to Oktoberfest again either.

Happy Holidays!

Chris

The Goods Shed in Canterbury

The weather in England is getting rather cold, dark, and generally grim.  We thought we still had time for one last weekend foray and only realised we were wrong while freezing our asses off in Canterbury.  We went to visit the Cathedral, which was pretty cool, but we had more fun at The Goods Shed.  It’s a farmer’s market, foodhall, and restaurant rolled into one awesome culinary experience.  Turns out it’s also the best non cathedral part of Canterbury, maybe even better.

When we walked into The Goods Shed, conveniently located right beside the main train station, we were blown away.  It was cozy and warm and full of awesome, fresh, local food.  There was a butcher, a fishmonger, a cheese guy, a baker, a chocolate guy, a pastry guy, a wine guy, a produce guy, and, most importantly, a beer guy selling local beer.  I didn’t buy any of the beer because I didn’t want to carry it around all day, but I did have a taste (and a delicious burger) at the attached restaurant.  I had Green Daemon Helles lager from a local Kentish brewery called Hopdaemon.  I’ve come across far too few English lagers (it’s mostly heineken, peroni, and stella when it comes to lager hereabouts) and I was pleaseantly surprised by Green Daemon.  It had actual flavour.

Every town needs its own version of The Goods Shed.  Check out crappy iPhone photos below.

Cheers,

Chris

Green Daemon Lager from The Goods Shed

Green Daemon Lager from The Goods Shed

The view from The Goods Shed restaurant

The view from The Goods Shed restaurant

Local produce in The Goods Shed

Local produce in The Goods Shed

Local beer selection at The Goods Shed

Local beer selection at The Goods Shed