An Inevitable Sabbatical
A Musing on Lifestyle Crossroads
Posted on 7/17/2015 by Chops
Something weird just happened to me. I poured a perfectly good beer down the drain because I didn't like it and I didn't want to waste the calories. From there, I opened a new beer that I was looking forward to trying, but I didn't take a picture or jot down any notes for a future review. As a passionate craft beer fan and an equally devoted reviewer, one who built BrewChief.com from the ground up, I recognized exactly what that moment was: burn out.

The spark was gone.

Now don't get me wrong, I put an insane amount of time into this website and it continues to pay dividends many times over. I am very proud of my BrewChief persona. It has taken me places I could have never dreamed of and I have met countless awesome people along the way. I love the craft beer industry and I go out of my way to promote it. However, there comes a time in every adventure when you have get off the boat. For me, that time is now.

I'm sure many of you have tuned out at this point because in the grand scheme of things, this matters not in the slightest. You won't be reading my beer reviews for a long while, maybe never again, and that impacts your life by precisely zero percent. By all means, stop reading right now and enjoy some dip. Thanks for the patronage. But for those of you who latched onto the BrewChief experience and rode it out (you know who you are), let me say this:

First, BrewChief isn't going away. It's beyond self-sustaining at this point and it will always be online. So by all means, continue reading/writing reviews and building the community. I will always pop in to say hello from time to time.

Secondly, you deserve an explanation. A couple of unexpected things have happened over the last few years. Perhaps the most pertinent is that my writing has improved to the point where I am penning science fiction novels. Yup, you read that right. Thanks to BrewChief.com and other online projects like The Herrington Post, I have honed my storytelling voice. As a wholly unforeseen result, publishing sci-fi novels has become my all-encompassing focus on the writing front. And for anyone interested, you can follow my ongoing projects at ZachryWheeler.com.

Also, I have become a pseudo fitness nut (commence eye rolls). Yes, it's true. I have abandoned regular beer drinking for regular cycling. I have even competed in a few centuries (100 mile bike races) over the last year and the bug bit me hard. A lot of this can be attributed to moving to New Mexico, or "Narnia" as my friend likes to describe it. You cannot help but be drawn outside in this state and I have heeded its calling. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, you name it. I am constantly outside doing things instead of sitting inside drinking beer (not that there's anything wrong with that).

So there you have it. I have had an unexpected lifestyle shift that has marginalized my beer intake. I still love the suds, but they are less of a focus. They have become more of a compliment to a new focus: novels and fitness. Maybe one day I will return to BrewChief and write a review of the delicious La Cumbre Tres Padres I am enjoying while writing this. But before then, I hope to sell a few novels and conquer the infamous Enchanted Circle.

So to all my beer-loving compatriots, I bid you a heartfelt (and hopefully temporary) farewell.

- Chops

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