Does the Northwest really need another beer blog?!

Do we need yet another movie reviewer? Do we need any more foodie blogs? These are just a few questions that I would put in the same category as the title of this article. And the simple answer is yes, we do need more foodies, beer bloggers, and movie reviewers! I feel there are some key reasons and this article is here to point out these reasons and explain why the answer is yes. One, opinions on this blog about different beers may not align with yours but at least you will learn about each beer from a new perspective.  Two, articles on here will help me and my contributors grow their writing skill and style and become better in the long term. Finally, this site functions fundamentally different than most beer blogs out there and that difference will help us stand out from the crowd. So let’s go a bit deeper into each of these reasons.

Have you heard the term “Echo Chamber” before? Do you know what it means? Oxford dictionary defines it as: “An environment in which a person encounters only beliefs or opinions that coincide with their own, so that their existing views are reinforced and alternative ideas are not considered.”Echo Chamber

Having different blogs with unique authors and contributors even if there are similar subjects, in this case beer, you will still find yourself coming out of your own echo chamber and learning more about how others like or dislike the things that interest you. It’s this main concept that propels people like myself to start blogs and websites similar to this one. It’s the hope that we can help open your mind up about new and interesting beers that maybe you had no interest in before.

Now, how does this affect myself and other contributors to this site? This isn’t an endeavor to make money, me and those who write on this site are buying their drinks with money out of their own pocket. The main immediate benefit to myself and those contributing is the practice writing that we get. Each article has to accomplish one thing, help the reader understand our experience with whatever brew we’re talking about. No two articles end up the same because of this and we’re pushing ourselves with each new article. The goal is the continued improvement both in our writing skills and in our beer appreciation. To grow overall as people and in turn helping those reading along.

This site wasn’t built to be a carbon copy of any other beer blog. The core was to be different. A beer blog that didn’t focus on the beer community as many often do, but rather a blog focusing on the beer and the breweries themselves and how they taste and make us feel. With this focus in mind, the site had to be easy to maneuver and put the beer up front. This lead to the decision of easy to navigate buttons at the top of the site. Interested in beer? Click the “Brews” button and select the style that interests you the most. We have goals of the evolution of this idea and how the site can become better over time, this includes more location based searching as well as searching by style. At the time of this article the site is still in its infancy and features only a handful of brews, but with a road map to the future, we will continue to write and post to meet our goals.

I hope I’ve answered this burning question sufficiently. Hop Central welcomes both new and old visitors and we encourage you to get out there, try new beers and broaden your horizons. Don’t forget to follow us via our Instagram and Facebook pages to see when new articles go live, or if you prefer an email notification you can click the follow button on the bottom of the site. Onward we will grow and we thank you for being part of this journey with us!