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.
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.
|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|
|Mikkeller||Beer Geek Brunch Weasel||500ml||1|
|Moonshine||800 Years of Discovery||500ml||1|
|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|
|Rouge||Dead Guy Ale||650ml||1|
|Rouge||John John Dead Guy Ale||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 Lost Abbey||The Angels Share 2009||375ml||1|
|Three B’s||Shuttle Ale||500ml||1|
|White||Heart of Rother||500ml||1|
|Williams Bros||Fraoch 20||750ml||1|
|Number of bottles:||87|