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Thursday, August 13, 2009

GCPB Blog Turns 2!

Two years ago today I was sitting at work, staring at a computer screen and planning my weekend escape to Toronto for a pub crawl. I was putting together a list of places I wanted to attend so I started doing a search, only to find out that there wasn't a lot of information floating out there about the great pubs in this province.

I had started a journal of all the pubs I visited while living away in Halifax and when I got back to Ontario I thought that starting a blog and posting my experiences in the many different pubs was something that I'd really enjoy doing. Getting some more information out there while meeting some great people along the way. Moving to Toronto from Brechin certainly helped as it put me right in the middle of the brewing scene here in Ontario. I started this strictly as a hobby and never did I think that it would blossom into what it is today.

In the two years that I've been doing this I, along with the help of some other contributing writers, have posted 619 times on everything from pub crawls to pub reviews to beer reviews to industry news. It has been a blast and I don't have any plans of stopping or slowing down.

So again, just like last years post about the 1st anniversary, a big thank you to all you readers out there that have supported this blog since its creation. Also, thank you to all the hospitable pub owners, brewery owners, brewers and everyone else in industry that has supported me and my efforts of bringing you the tales of the craft beer and pub scene.

14 comments:

Rob said...

Congratulations, Troy! Your blog is an awesome source of information, and indispensable reading. You also have some excellent guest writers! Here's to many more years!

Eric said...

Congrats Troy, always enjoy reading the blog and hope to do so for some time to come!

My only suggestion: find some less "full-of-themselves" guest writers.... ;)

Troy Burtch said...

Rob - Again, cheeky bugger.

Eric - I know eh! What a guy. Thanks for the congrats.

Bill said...

Congrats for sticking to it Troy and making it well thought out and informal. Here's to the next two years.

Cheers.
Bill Perrie

bcbrews said...

Happy anniversary, Troy!

I see you have a photo with Garrett Oliver. I'll be dining with him tomorrow.

3 Dog Brewery said...

Congrats Troy. I read every post. Nice work and I am glad you will continue this very valuable blog.

Thanks a lot!!!

Frank said...

Great stuff Troy. Keep up the good work.

Lager Bore said...

I've told you before, I read your blog daily to see what's going on in Ontario and the rest of the country. You always seem to have the jump on everyone else when it comes to beer news.
Thanks for keeping us so well informed, and I look forward to reading your stuff for a long long time!
Roger

Alan said...

Great job. Content is king and your stuff proves the point. Still doesn't earn you a Gumballhead or anything. Heck, I only have two left.

Andrew Cooper said...

Troy, I'll raise a glass to GCPB today. You are a friend to craft beer & fine pubs!

sstackho said...

Happy birthday, blog!

Troy Burtch said...

Bill - thanks Billy! Next step - radio.

Rick - hope you have a good time with Garrett. Great guy.

Frank - I'll do my best.

Roger - I'm humbled. D-day tomorrow.

Alan - Gumball, Gumball

Cooper - Raise two or three for me. And make sure its your IPA.

Shawn - thanks dude.

Troy Burtch said...

Chris - sorry, missed ya there. Thanks for the kind words.

nickm said...

Congrats Troy. You have the best Canadian beer(and beer in general) blog that I read. Cheers.

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