Changes Coming to QueenCityDrinks.com

All things change eventually, some quickly, some slowly. Four years ago today the first post on Queen City Drinks went live. Josh Osborne started Queen City Drinks with the idea of a team of people writing about beer, spirits, and wine in Cincinnati. We had four semi-regular contributors pretty quickly, but over time, it faded to Josh, Ginny Tonic, and myself. Eventually, Josh’s job moved him out of Cincinnati, and he handed the reins over to me.

I never intentionally stopped focusing on local beer. I do what I do here because I enjoy it; I write about what I want to write about. Turns out over time I’d rather write educational pieces and my opinion on craft beer industry stuff, not local beer news and reviews. Sure, when locality comes into play I turn to Cincinnati, but this blog hasn’t been about “Where, when, and with what to wet your whistle in the Queen City” for quite a while. I also had substantial competition for local beer news for many years. We reached an unspoken non-compete agreement where Brew Prof and Queen City Fresh covered all that stuff.

What the future holds

I loved the collaborative idea that Josh started Queen City Drinks with and wanted to keep that going. Initially, I approached the other local beer bloggers, but as conversations went on they got big boy and big girl jobs in the beer industry leading them to blog less.

Hanging out with Frank Seta aka @MrFriendlyBeer of Brentwood Spirits, and now The Lucky Turtle, one night he got to talking about doing a video series on YouTube. Brent Osborn of Osborn Brewing eventually got pulled into this project as well. Brent’s already done a few videos for Osborn Brewing, so it wasn’t a stretch to join us. As we got brainstorming things more, I decided to roll Queen City Drinks into this new project.

BrewMinds.com

brewmindsQueen City Drinks will be changing names to BrewMinds. If my plan works out as planned, you won’t need to follow or like any new pages or sign up for any new emails as I’ll be renaming everything everywhere I can. Just remember this when you suddenly see BrewMinds on your Twitter feed or Facebook wall.

BrewMinds will be a series of short videos on YouTube. Content will focus on all things beer, brewing, the beer industry, local Cincinnati beer, and if you know Frank you know we have to include blending beers.

I’m still going to write posts just like I do now. Jhon and Ginny are going to stay on board and continue to write occasionally as well. And the policy of other guest writers remains as it was, if you want to write one post or one hundred just shoot me an email. If you want to write a clear advertisement/clickbait piece for a company, save us both the time and don’t shoot me an email.

All in all, not a lot is changing besides the name and some new videos. Now go subscribe to BrewMinds on YouTube and wait for our first video!

A changing of the guard at Queen City Drinks

Over the past three or four months, you may have noticed that I have largely been absent from posting on the blog and interacting via social media (Twitter/Facebook). Luckily, Tom and Ginny have picked up the slack and kept the blog moving along with fresh content. I suppose it’s about time for an apology and an explanation.

In April I found out that my office was closing and that I would be relocating from Cincinnati to another geographic location. I didn’t know when or where I would be relocating, so the last four months have been pretty full of stress and uncertainty.  I haven’t really been in the blogging mood because of this, so over this period I pulled back from the site a bit. I now know where to and (sort of) when I’ll be leaving Cincinnati, so I thought it would be proper to announce some changes at Queen City Drinks that I’ve been mulling over and sitting on for a bit.

Effective immediately, Tom Aguero will be the sole owner and the individual responsible for the operations of the site and social media accounts. Any emails or press releases that you would normally send to me should now be directed to tom@www.brewminds.com. This will be updated on the site to reflect the changes.

Not only has Tom carried the site for the last four months, but he was the first individual who joined me on the site after its creation. Over this period, he’s become more and more involved with Queen City Drinks and has taken on more responsibility regarding it. During this same period, I’ve (or we’ve, I suppose) seen not only his writing style, but his palate evolve tremendously. I’m proud of the role he’s played on the site so far and have absolutely no doubt he will continue to improve Queen City Drinks and make it a better product than it is today.

Since I moved to Cincinnati over three years ago, I’ve seen both the City itself and the local craft beer scene move along a parallel path. Just as the urban core of Cincinnati has seen a renaissance and a new frame of mind that says “hey, this can be a cool place to live”, we’ve also seen an explosion of exciting new breweries and already established breweries redefining and improving their product.

Where the City of Cincinnati has The Banks, Over-the-Rhine’s continued revitalization, Streetcar construction, an energized Central Business District; the local craft beer scene has Triple Digit, Blank Slate, MadTree, Rhinegeist, and  Fifty West come into existence. That doesn’t even include the oldies, but goodies cranking out fresh offerings (Rivertown’s sours and Listermann’s barrel-aged beers) and Moerlein finally brewing their beer here in Cincinnati.

I have no doubt that Cincinnati is on a trajectory to be, if not a world-class city, then at worst a City that people can point to as a model of how to turn around an out-dated, behind-the-times, Midwestern city. I’m excited to see what those invested in the future of this City have up their sleeves. Ditto to all of that for our local brewers. Cincinnati beer has finally got out of the mindset dominated by pre-prohibition German-influenced beer (though there is still certainly room for that), and craft beer drinkers in the region are better off because of it.

With that, I’ll turn you all over to Tom. I’ve met some great people here both through and outside of the blog, and I wouldn’t trade my time here in Cincinnati for anything in the world, but it’s time to be moving on. Those of you I know (and perhaps some I don’t): hopefully we can meet up in the next few months before I head out. If it’s over a great locally-brewed beer, all the better.

Thank you all for reading and helping make Queen City Drinks the success that it has become!

Cheers,

Josh

Tell us at Queen City Drinks how we’re doing and what we can do better!

We at Queen City Drinks work hard to deliver the kind of interesting, unique content that our readers desire. With that in mind, we’re always looking for ways to improve. That’s where you dear readers come in. While all of our contributors are fantastic, none of them (to my knowledge) are mind readers. If there is something new you’d like to see here or something we already do done better, this is your chance to let us know. I realize everyone hates surveys, but this one is brief (five minutes or so) and will allow us to better understand who are readers are and what they want from the site.

Also, we are considering beginning hosting events every so often, so this will be a good chance to get signed up to receive notifications for these events as they’re being planned. Please, please, please take a few moments our of your day and give us some feedback at the link below!

Cheers,
Josh

Survey Link

Hello (an introduction from QCD Contributor Tom)

A brief introduction from one of the new Queen City Drinks team members… I’ll be looking forward to some great content from Tom! Welcome!J


Hey there readers,

Just wanted to hop on and quickly introduce myself. I’ve been drinking beer for more years than I’ve legally been allowed to, but only drinking good beer for the past 7 or so. And of those 7, I’ve only been thinking about good beer for the past 2 years. I got started on the path towards good beer during a family trip to Europe. Our last stop was Brussels and a dinner on the Grand Platz. When asked what we wanted to drink we just asked for whatever the popular local beer was. By the time we finished, the four of us had finished 5 bottles of Chimay Grande Reserve (the blue label). This was back in the old days of 2004 when Kroger only carried AB-InBev and Miller/Coors products. Of course, now you can get the Chimay Grande Reserve just about everywhere. Well, that set me on my course to drinking good beer and I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for any type of Belgian Ale from Coor’s Blue Moon to Victory Brewing’s Golden Monkey (my favorite beer) up to the fantastical Trappistes Rochefort 10 and it’s 11.3% ABV of awesomeness.

I hope everyone will not necessarily agree with, but at least enjoy the many beer reviews to come!

-Tom

Housecleaning: Guest Writing for Queen City Drinks

Now that I’m starting to feel good about this blog and what kind of content I’d like to see on it, I’m going to venture out into the vast world of the interwebs and try to start soliciting some more content providers (AKA: bloggers). This will be in conjunction with a real domain name in the near future and a more professional-looking page in the longer-term future. For now, though, all I’m concerned about is content.

I’m going to keep it very informal; set up a user name, post as you feel, and I’ll get it published, with full attribution to you, of course. Though I will make exceptions, I would prefer content to be locally-driven (Ohio, preferably Southwest Ohio, or Kentucky, preferably Northern Kentucky). This can be for beer, wine, or spirits. Shoot, if you’re clever, I might even accept coffee or tea. They are “drinks” after all.

Anyways, if you have a voice you want to be heard, but are too lazy to start your own blog or just want to write for someone else’s for a change, get in touch with me at @Cincy_Drinks or josh.ryan.osborne@gmail.com