I'm brewing batch #469 today...a Munich dunkel. Looking back over almost 17 years of homebrewing, the first thing I think of is all the homebrewers who have offered me help and advice. To me, that's the best part of the hobby. Every year I think back over all the wonderful things I've been privileged to enjoy, and think it just couldn't be any better. Then, the next year, somehow it IS better! This year I saw the release of my first book, due in no small part to Drew Beechum (see, there's that homebrewers helping homebrewers thing). We watched it become the #1 beer book on Amazon and exceed our dreams. I had the honor of being invited to speak at the Music City Brew Off in Nashville. I worked with Brewcraft on a line of signature beer kits. And to top it off, I've been invited to be one of the guest speakers at the Brazilian Natl. Homebrew Conference in May. I hope all that doesn't sound like bragging...I'm truly floored by ll of it. What will next year do to top that? Maybe another book....but what I want the takeaway to be is that without all of you and others who have gone before, none of it would have happened.