Well it turns out Don and I are manly men, because in true guy tradition we both forgot an important birthday Saturday before last.
It’s now been just over a year since Don texted me out of the blue and said we should start a blog where he reviews whiskey, I review beer, and we talk about being brothers. He even had a name figured out – Beer, Whiskey and Brotherhood, which we later changed to what you see above.
The funny thing is we didn’t know a lot about being brothers in August of last year. You see, we’re seven years apart, which is a pretty big gap when you’re kids. We didn’t hang out much, except when he was trying to drown me in the pool or force feed me Oreo’s covered in mustard.
By the time the age gap meant less, the geographic distance between us had grown. Our family moved from state to state every few years as our dad upgraded jobs, and each kid left the nest in a different stop. Don bailed out in Iowa when I was 11, and we didn’t see a lot of him after the next family move took the rest of us to Michigan.
After that, life took Don out west to Idaho, Oregon, Alaska and then back to Idaho, while I put down roots in the Garden State. We went about our lives, not seeing each other for years at a stretch and talking on the phone maybe once a year. This is how it was up until I received his text last summer.
Since then we’ve become thick as thieves. We now text like teenagers, Skype like Europeans, and talk on the phone like the minutes are free. We’ve even gotten together twice in the past year and have plans to meet up again at the GABF next month. It’s a pretty dramatic difference and it’s been great. It’s like we’re brothers.
I’d like to thank all of you who have helped us find our way this first year and the guys and gals who have made B&WB as interactive as it is. We always say that the site is fueled by the people who read it and comment on it, and you’ve kept us going strong all year. Thanks.
It’s been a great ride so far and I’m looking forward to what the future holds for us.