Okay, so I guess it's a day early... and July 1 isn't REALLY halfway through the year thanks to February being a bastard month, but it's still close enough for me. Let's see how I'm doing on all those resolutions!
- Visit more breweries: I set a goal to visit 6 breweries and am at 4 so far, so I'm on pace for sure. So far I've visited Tin Roof in Baton Rouge, Parish Brewing in Broussard, Freetail in San Antonio, and Saint Arnold in Houston. I was hoping to check out the new No Label Brewing this weekend in Katy, TX, but they are apparently closed on the first Saturday of every month. Dammit.
- Get published somewhere other than my own blog: Hmmmm, technically I guess I could count this as accomplished, as Restauranteers has picked up my blog feed for their site, as well as Louisiana Brews. Still, that's not me writing for someone else, it's just them using my content and linking back to me. So... I'm iffy on this one.
- Keep home-brewing: So far this is still going on... I bottled a noble pilsner last week, and have a peach witbier in secondary as we speak. I haven't been brewing as MUCH as I anticipated, but I also still have a nice stockpile since I've been focusing so much on resolution #7.
- Enter a home-brew contest: I haven't done this one yet... but there are a few on the horizon that have potential to satisfy this resolution.
- Drink a beer stronger than I ever have before: Check and check. I tried the 18.2% abv Tokio Imperial Stout back in February, and on a trip to San Antonio I tried an 18% abv Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA.
- Continue to get in better shape and lose weight as I simultaneously continue to enjoy beer and write about it: Well, I haven't been the best at this one, but I am only 8 pounds up on the year. The last few weeks I've decided to really get back to dieting and exercise and to save the beer drinking for the weekends when I'll allow myself to cheat a little. I'm sure I'm still going to drink during the week from time to time when tastings arise, but I'll try to avoid it as much as possible. And hopefully I'll finish the year lighter than when I started it.
- There are 365 days in 2011... I think I should try 365 new beers: As of writing this, I'm at 229 new beers in 2011, and at the end of June I should be at 181. I'd say 48 beers ahead of schedule is looking pretty solid. And I have another 12 or so at home just waiting to be drank and reviewed. Boo-ya!