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09-01-2015, 15:16
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Every New Year, I start thinking about how I can start blogging again. Last year I considered posting about pubs and drinks up here in the Yorkshire Dales. Sadly there's not a lot that sparks enough in me to get me to write.

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In the past, as a publican, there was always something cropping up in the trade press or similar that would get me going. Going through changes such as the smoking ban, the suggestion of a minimum price and the never-ending story of the tie gave plenty to pick and choose from. My post on Fast Cask (http://studentbrewer.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/fast-cask-part-1.html)is a prime example.

The trouble up here is, there isn't much beer-related that I find interesting. I've stopped going out so much for a few reasons, but predominantly I'm bored of the beer selection up here. Visiting a few pubs around the area on darts night, every single one will have John Smiths, Black Sheep and Theakston's on the bar. Nothing wrong with those beers, but for someone who enjoys discovering beers, it's got tedious now.

With regards to trade news, all that seems to be filtering through now is Craft beer and the Beer Tie. Both of which don't inspire me to write very much.

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However Christmas and New Year got me sparked up again - beer and food. Thanks to visiting the Tithe Bar (http://www.markettowntaverns.co.uk/tithe-bar.asp?Tavern=Tithe-Bar&Section=Main) and doing plenty of cooking alongside interesting bottled beers, I've found the direction of the blog going on this year. If anything else crops up that I feel interested about it'll have a place here, but there is certainly going to be more of a push towards cooking with beers, and matching drinks to food.

Looking forward to an interesting year, with a lot more activity from myself on it. For those interested in what I do now, I'll have another blog running next to this which focuses on social media. You can find it at SocialTed (http://socialted.blogspot.com/2015/01/a-year-of-social-posting.html)

Speaking of social, feel free to leave a comment below.

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