In June this year, TBS will be 7! As many of you know, this site was started by Jeff Krenner and James Kitchens, I joined them shortly thereafter, mostly because of my nerdy ability to make the interwebs work.
When we started, there were about 60 founding members and most of those people are notable posters still here today. As the years have passed, TBS has really, at it's core, always been a fun beer community with some other beer centric stuff like reviews, who's drinking modules, a failed FB app etc.. At the end of the day, it all comes back to the community and the friendships that many people have built here.
A couple years ago, James decided that he needed more time to focus on his work and family and stepped down from his ownership capacity at TBS. At that time, Jeff and I understood and wished James well. Last month, Jeff announced in this thread that he will be starting a new job with Surly Brewing Company in May and will also be stepping down from his ownership role here at TBS. Jeff and I talked at great lengths about this and while I don't want to see him step down, I understand his where he is coming from. Jeff was the main person driving News at TBS and party planning etc., it really wouldn’t be fair to put him in a position where a conflict of interest could arise now that he’s working for a brewery. I personally want to say congratulations and thank you Jeff, you've done great things here! I am confident that you will continue do great things at Surly.
After 7 years, I guess that makes me last owner standing and supreme ruler, huh? Ha! Anyone that knows me, knows that I don’t see myself that way and I only want to see this site succeed. I definitely don't have the time that I used to and I am not here as much, but as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, TBS is about the community. I will continue to do what I can to help improve the experience here and represent the beer community as best I know how.
With some final consultation from Jeff, what we've decided to do is this: Jeff is going to step down from his ownership role, but he has agreed to stay on as a moderator to assist with managing the forums and approving breweries and beers moving forward. With that said, I've also asked Kegergator, Howardf , Mr. Furley and Tangfoot to assist me with mod and beer/brewery approval duties. All four are well known, somewhat respected, and are on the site a lot. Most importantly, I feel that they also want to see TBS continue to move forward and they will do their best to help support that.
I still have plans in the works for TBS that I am working through, but the biggest changes you will see right away are two things. The new moderators are starting effective immediately and I've decided to discontinue the News at TBS. I feel it's important to step back a little and focus on keeping the community strong, updating the review, rating and some of the other current features. I'd like to take the time to do those right, then add stuff as we continue to grow organically.
As always, thank you for your continued support, please let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.