Girl Meets Hops: Year in Review

Girl Meets Hops: Year in Review

By Marguerite Washut, BBBC Marketing & Events Coordinator

What a year. What a decade. What a ride.

As we approach a new decade, it’s hard not to reflect upon all the change – good and bad – these past ten years, let alone 2019 in and of itself, have brought. But through it all one thing is for certain, I, personally, would have never imagined I would be on my way to becoming a beer snob by the end of it.

It’s been one year since I, Bale Breaker’s resident beer amateur, began my quest to find out what’s really behind the buzz - and what a ride it has been. From embracing the challenge, learning the lingo, expanding my palate, to even becoming a craft beer advocate – this past year has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, years in my professional career.

Now before you roll your eyes and laugh that sentiment off, bear with me. This year has been full of overcoming adversity. Taking on a new job is always intimidating but entering into an industry that was completely foreign to me prior took it to a whole new level. When I began writing the Girl Meets Hops column for Bale Breaker, I really had to strip down and be vulnerable to remain authentic not only to myself but with all of you who have been gracious enough to follow along. It was hard to admit my shortcomings so publicly and not just fake it ‘til I made it but if I had not, I wouldn’t have grown as cliché as that sounds. I certainly would’ve never known the difference between an East Coast IPA vs. West Coast IPA or even been aware of it at all for that matter and Lord knows I probably would’ve still mistaken that smell for someone lighting up. It would be safe to say that if I hadn’t gone through all of these learning experiences, I would still be faking it and most likely wouldn’t have made it in this industry.

But a year and a well-earned beer belly later, I can confidently say I ate the frog first and had a ton of fun doing so. With that said, it’s time to put Girl Meets Hops to bed and introduce a new-and-improved version for 2020: Girl Meets Hops Investigates. Follow along with me as I hang up my amateur cap to highlight the people behind the scenes at Bale Breaker responsible for bringing the fresh off the farm® goodness to your fridge.

Happy New Year, folks!

Girl Meets Hops: A monthly column about an amateur's quest to find out what's behind the buzz.

Posted December 18, 2019

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