From the HopPress: ACBF 2010 – My Final Thoughts

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The HopPress… posted on Saturday, June 26th.

Thanks to the benevolence of the folks at Beer Advocate, I was fortunate to be able to attend all three sessions of this year’s American Craft Beer Fest held at the Seaport World Trade center in Boston. This is, in my opinion, a perfect setting for this event. This large conference center sits right on Boston’s waterfront with easy access to mass transit with plenty of hotels and restaurants nearby. The weather last weekend was also perfect; sunny and warm.

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From the HopPress: ACBF 2010 – First Impressions

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The HopPress… posted on Saturday, June 19th.

I was one of about 3,000 people that attended the first session of the American Craft Beer Fest (ACBF) in Boston last night. This annual event, the East Coast’s largest beer festival, is being held at the Seaport World Trade Center. Today there will be two additional sessions and each of these session is likely to draw around 5,000 craft beer seekers.

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American Craft Beer Fest in Boston This Weekend

I will be covering the largest beer fest on the East Coast this weekend for The HopPress. The American Craft Brewers Festival is the largest beer festival east of the Mississippi… over 15,000 attendees last year, and I will be front and center for all three session this coming Friday and Saturday. I will be joined by two other respected craft beer writers (and fellow HopPress writers too) for the festivities… Carla Companion, aka The Beer Babe (http://www.thebeerbabe.com/), and Josh Christie (http://brewsandbooks.com/). Look for many pictures and several articles on The HopPress Web site… www.hoppress.com.


From the HopPress: Reflections on 1000 Beers

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The HopPress… posted on Saturday, June 12th.

I recently reached one of those “important” milestones with my Ratebeer beer collection… my 1,000th beer rating. While I am sure that there are some Ratebeerians that would laugh at such a paltry number of ratings (the “top dog”, rating-wise, on Ratebeer is rapidly approaching 17,000 ratings!), for me the actual process of collecting these ratings is much more important than the number of ratings. Am I thrilled that I attained this milestone… absolutely, but the story and the experience of collecting that rating will always mean much more to me than the fact that it was my 1,000th. I have written before about how serious I am about collecting “experiences” along the way, rather than just simply beers.

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Site Updates…

It has been a while since I made any major changes to the site and my fingers have been itching to do so for the last couple of weeks.

  • WordPress Software Upgrade – I have been actively testing both commercial and open sourced software for more than 20 years. Some of my time spent working with computers for over 30 years has been spent as a developer and I enjoy “playing” with new software; stuff that I develop or that someone else has lovingly put together. I maintain some other sites as testing platforms for various types of Web-based software, including WordPress, the software that is used to produce this blog. I have been working with the soon-to-be-released WordPress v3.0 for the last couple of months and I figured that it had reached a stage in development (and in my confidence) to be used on this “production” site of mine. The new version adds many new features, all of which will be totally invisible to you all as you view the site and its articles at this point (unless the site crashes and burns, of course). I am very excited about some of the new capabilities of this version and it may take a little while, but slowly I will add features and functions that take advantage of this new version.
  • New Theme – If you have visited the site within the last several months, you will have noticed a variety of new themes being experimented with. The one that I am currently using (the i3 Theme), I am happy with, at least for the time being.
  • Improved site security – Many of you may have noticed that there is now an entry of a “Captcha” code necessary before posting of a article comment. Over time, as my blog has become more visible on the Internet, it has also come under increasing attack by the “hackers and spammers” of the world. I have put various measures into place to combat these attacks and keep the VTHopHead site a safe (and hopefully entertaining) place to visit.

Thanks for your continued support and encouragement…

–Steve K (VTHopHead)

From the HopPress: Rock Solid Rock Art Brewery

My featured article for Ratebeer’s The Hop Press… this article was posted on Saturday, May 29th.

Matt and Renee Nadeau started the Rock Art Brewery out of the basement of their house near Johnson, VT in 1997. Then a one-man operation, Rock Art has seen significant growth since then. In 2002, the Rock Art operation moved from Matt’s house to their current location in a very industrial looking warehouse in Morrisville, VT and they have been expanding ever since.

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