Took a 10 day family vacation to Southern Bavaria and Northern Austria last month. Tried and enjoyed every beer that I could find (which was a lot). The qualitiy of the beer was just amazing. It inspired my to take a look at my own process at home. I've been less than excited about my beers over the past 12 months: lack balance, lagers that don't attenuate well enough, etc. I've brewed twice since the vacation and each time I really tried to focus on every detail during brew-day. Additionally, I've paid a lot more attention to my fermentation. (no set it and forget it this time) I tapped a weissbier this past weekend and am very pleased. Maybe the best I've made. I sampled my helles as well and it's fully attenuated and very promising to be a best ever.
I don't know if it's the vacation to Germany that did it or not. Either way, I highly recommend it. heh.