I’m in the middle of this huge post recapping 2013 and really want to publish something new tonight but am nowhere close to being done with it. So I thought I’d share my favorite websites I’ve found this year. Some will of course be beer-related but not all of them. I’d love for you to participate by leaving your favorite websites from this year in the comments section at the bottom of the post.
I’ve gotten really into podcasts since starting my new job and 3+ hour daily commute in May. After hearing about this site and Leo Babauta ad nauseum on them, I finally headed over to Zen Habits. Most of his posts take 5-10 minutes to read and are always thought provoking. His site is 100% free and open to the public to copy and reuse too. The jury is still out but I think I’m [slowly] starting to turn the corner on becoming a calmer driver and it’s all thanks to Zen Habits.
Literature and Libation
I’ve talked about this site many times before. My buddy Oliver Gray is the man behind it. He effortlessly writes beautiful content on beer and life. Not only are his words touching but his pictures are breathtaking as well. I know he recently got a new camera so I’m sure they’re only going to get better. I bet that one day there will be a book written by this guy on your shelf or coffee table.
I Think About Beer
I’m fairly positive that half the beers Christopher at I Think About Beer writes about are made up. Example: BROUWERIJ HET ANKER GOUDEN CAROLUS CHRISTMAS 2013. He is a Certified Cicerone so you know he knows what he’s talking about. You’ll learn a ton about beer, Belgian beer, beer history and the beer industry in general reading his content.
So recently this site has been generating content for a 4HWW crowd, which is cool since that site was on my shortlist for this post, but I really like it for it’s other straightforward “why don’t you get off your ass and do something” posts. It was one of the things that got me to start this site back in January. Check out the section on CST. Try that for a month (or 50 days like me).
This Is Why I’m Drunk
Bryan from This Is Why I’m Drunk finds his way into my inbox 2-3 times a week on average. He does the hard work – research. He looks at trends and statistics, gives an argument and makes you think. He recently won the Lord of the Drinks Award for site of year. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for 2014.
There’s a saying – you are the average of your five closest friends. I think that can also have some weight when it comes to activities like writing. If you read good content, yours will get better. That’s part of the reason why these are my favorite sites of 2013. They make me a better writer and I’ll take all the help I can get. What are your favorite websites from 2013? Leave your answers below!
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I completely forgot about Lift.do! It’s a web app for setting and tracking daily habits. I started it a couple months ago and am obsessed. It would be even better if I knew more people using it. Follow me @shortonbeer if you’re on it too!
To answer your question, I’m the one grabbing my crotch. Because if you’re going to have a picture of four shirtless men, OF COURSE one of them just HAS to be different.
… and to be fair, I’m fairly sure Chris’ Christmas beer name can be explained because it came from IKEA.
Very nice of you to include me in this roundup. I do it for The People!
IKEA is the devil.
I, too, thank you for the nod, Josh. I’m glad we made internet friends and then real friends.
You and Bryan will be getting MLK Day presents instead of Christmas presents. You guys can celebrate with them as you see fit.
Thanks for including me too, Josh! I guarantee that all my beer reviews are 100% real. I’m currently reviewing Het Flurgenheimer Quadrupel Flemish Carbonnade Witnoir. It’s brewed with bits of fairy wings.
And unicorn blood.
Confession: I thought unicorns were real until I was probably 10yo. Maybe 12yo. No one ever told me they weren’t. I thought they lived in Australia or the Midwest.
Josh, I’m pretty sure they live on forever in our hearts.
Until they clog one of our arteries causing a massive pulmonary embolism.