journal of a self proclaimed beer connoisseur

Decisions, decisions

You may have read that I am trying to drink every beer I can out of a book I received that assigns a beer to every day of the year. I am still attempting that; however, my research on the beers is revealing that probably about 10% are available here. That means it would be about 36 beers over the year or 3 a month.

In the meantime I still want to have some other beers and try some new ones. The struggle I am having is that I will continue to buy the same good beer if I don’t have some other method of helping me choose.

I have been categorizing my beer tastings into the BJCP beer categories and have also listed those on a separate page of the blog. I am thinking I will try and get my hands on a beer from each of the styles. This will be a long-term goal as I think some will prove difficult to find.

I like this idea because if I didn’t do this I would likely have a far higher proportion of Stouts and Imperial Stouts (for the winter) and wheat beers (for the summer) on my list.

I started to search each category out on the web and find what the top rated beers in each category are. There are already some categories where it looks like there will be slim pickings.

For example, the Lite American Lager category houses such great (failures) as Miller Lite, Coors Light, Bud Light etc. I actually managed to find some in this category that were rated decent on Ratebeer.com. For example, Bitburger Light got 17 / 100 overall and 95 / 100 in its category (low alocohol). Coors light got zero overall rating and 2 / 100 in its category.

The trouble is only the shitty ones are available here…

I refuse to put those “beverages” on my blog and take them seriously so the Lite American Lager category will have to wait until I find one of the decent ones.

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2 responses

  1. Thanks for checking out my blog!
    Yours looks nice, too… I’ll definitely watch it as you go.

    This is a noble quest you have. Don’t totally rule out the “bad” “beverages”, though. I will drink average stuff or even poorly-rated stuff just to have a better understanding of what’s out there, and what’s bad, and what’s good. It’s all experience and education. Given the choice, of course, you know what’s worth picking up and what’s better to drink… but if you’ve never had it, why not try it?
    Cheers!

    Currently, I’m about to get into my first DDC Corne du Diable!

    January 21, 2011 at 4:12 PM

  2. Thanks for the comment! You are right that I need to ensure I sample the whole gamut of available beers. I just don’t want to chose Coors Light or Bud Light and do an official tasting for one of the categories 🙂

    Corne du Diable should be good. I was considering a Dieu du Ciel beer tasting party soon but we are going to do a Unibroue one first. I’ll check in to see what you think of the brew! It was Duvel for me tonight which I’ll post on tomorrow.

    Prost!

    January 21, 2011 at 8:03 PM

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