Personal Development

It’s hard to believe but next week this blog will be a year old. I have to admit to being quite shocked at how far my tastes has evolved and with it, the kind of beer that I buy. A year ago, I had about nine bottles of beer in the house that were laid aside for a special occasion. Today, I have well over thirty that are laid aside for special occasions and there are only a few beers that are in my cupboard or shed that aren’t bottle conditioned.

My beer stash, as of the 09/10/2010...When I made the decision to stop buying, on an as needed basis, the same few golden ales from Tesco. I never expected that I would turn into a hop head and crave all the big US beers that are starting to become more available to the UK drinker. The plan was to concentrate on UK based bottle conditioned beer and try and tick my copy of the CAMRA Good Bottled Beer Guide.

While I thought that plan has mostly fallen by the wayside, I don’t think it has. I have quite a lot of UK bottle conditioned beer to get through and blog about. As I said earlier in the year though, I’m not going to constrain myself and plan to expand my horizons over the next year. I have a few ideas for how to do this and all will be revealed in due course.

There have been a number of tweets this year, where others have said they wished they had my beer cupboard. At first I was quite shocked, as I didn’t think my meagre selection was anything particularly special. So I catalogued all the beer I have stashed around the house and produced the table below. I supposed I knew, deep down, that some of the beer on that list is pretty special, but then it struck me.

The Bacchanalia really is a treasure and I forget that not everyone is lucky enough to live close to such an outlet and thus can’t get hold of the same beer that I can. I really am lucky to have such a fantastic shop to buy all my beer from and right on my doorstep too. So I suppose to some, what I consider meagre, is actually a bit of a treasure trove. A year ago, I’d never have thought that would have been possible.

Brewery Beer Size Number
Adnams Solebay 750ml 1
Adnams Tally Ho 330ml 2
Arran Milestone 500ml 1
BrewDog AB:01 375ml 3
BrewDog AB:02 375ml 3
BrewDog AB:03 375ml 4
BrewDog Tokyo* 330ml 1
BrewDog/Mikkeller I Hardcore You 330ml 1
Dark Star Imperial Stout 330ml 1
De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis 666 180ml 3
De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis 666 750ml 1
De Molen Tsarina Esra 180ml 2
De Molen Vluur & Vlam 330ml 1
De Molen Zoomer Hop 330ml 1
Dupont Saison 330ml 2
Fox Grizzly Beer 500ml 1
Fox Heacham Gold 500ml 1
Fullers Vintage 2006 500ml 2
Fullers Vintage 2007 500ml 2
Fullers Vintage 2008 500ml 3
Fullers Vintage 2009 500ml 4
Hardknott Æther Blæc 500ml 2
Hardknott Granite 500ml 2
Hardknott Infra Red 500ml 2
Harveys Imperial Stout 275ml 1
Hebredian Berserker 500ml 1
Jandrain-Jandrenouille IV Saison 750ml 1
Marble Decedance 750ml 1
Marble Dobber 500ml 2
Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel 500ml 1
Mikkeller Monks Elixir 750ml 1
Montegioco Demon Hunter 750ml 1
Montegioco Draco 750ml 1
Moonshine 800 Years of Discovery 500ml 1
Moor Fusion 660ml 1
Moor JJJ IPA 660ml 3
Moor Old Freddie Walker 660ml 1
O’Hanlans Thomas Hardy’s Ale 330ml 1
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve 275ml 1
Ole Slewfoot Fox on the Run 500ml 1
Orval Orval 300ml 2
Rouge Dead Guy Ale 650ml 1
Rouge John John Dead Guy Ale 650ml 1
Souther Tier Gemini 650ml 1
Stone Arrogant Bastard 650ml 1
Struise/De Molen Black Damnation 666 750ml 2
The Kernel 1890 Export Stout 330ml 1
The Kernel Centennial Pale Ale 500ml 1
The Kernel CSC IPA 330ml 1
The Kernel Porter 500ml 1
The Lost Abbey The Angels Share 2009 375ml 1
Thornbridge Halcyon 2009 500ml 2
Thornbridge Jaipur 500ml 1
Three B’s Shuttle Ale 500ml 1
Traquair 1000th Brew 275ml 1
White Heart of Rother 500ml 1
Williams Bros Fraoch 20 750ml 1
Wincle Undertaker 500ml 1
Youngs London Special 500ml 1
Number of bottles: 87

4 Replies to “Personal Development”

  1. I don’t think it would be a good idea for me to keep a list of the beer that I have ‘in stock’ as I think the Baroness would have a heart attack… 😉

    You certainly have a very enviable list though!

    1. I’ve already been told that I have enough beer… However, The Bacchanalia has a monster De Molen order waiting in the wings and I’m saving my pennies. I think the cupboard will get a bit fuller yet!

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