2011: A Year in Beer

1 01 2012

Yes indeed, it’s that time again. After playing around with different display formats in 2010 and 2009, I approached this past year with a bar graph idea. I forgot how I was intending to do it when I started to lay the bottle caps out but as I began to run out of room quickly going vertical, I switched to horizontal, which produced the following result:

A whole lotta beers

Bottle caps to the far right of each row represents a “repeat” beer. Beers had on draft are not pictured but are included in the monthly lists.

Starting from the top:

January:

Scaldis 12
Ridgeway IPA
Three Floyds Gumball Head
Milwaukee Brewing Milk Stout
Ska Decadent IPA
Pilsner Urquell
Guinness Extra Stout
Black Sheep Ale
Sam Adams Noble Pils
New Belgium Fat Tire
North Coast Old Rasputin
Fullers 1845
Milwaukee Brewing Louie’s Demise Ale
Tilburgs Dutch Brown Ale

February:

Lakefront Brewery Bridge Burner
Lakefront Brewery Cream City Pale Ale
Horny Goat Milk Stout
Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Stout
New Glarus Snow Shoe
Sam Adams Parallel 48 IPA
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
Westmalle Dubbel
Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron

March:

Furthermore “Proper” Ale
Lagunitas Censored
Fullers ESB
Capital Brewing Island Wheat
Zatec Czech Lager
Three Floyds Alpha King
Hinterland Pale Ale
Horny Goat Honey Blonde Lager
Birra Moretti
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
Lindemans Framboise Lambic
Leinenkugel’s Special Ale

April:

Birra Moretti “La Rossa” (shown as a repeat, oops)
Moylans Hopsickle Triple IPA
Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold
Bass Pale Ale
Tatra Beer
Moylans Nor Cal IPA
Belhaven St. Andrews
Shiner 102
Taj Mahal Lager
Dogfish Head Squall IPA
Konig Pilsner

Moar beerrz plz

May:

Bell’s Oberon
Wychwood Scarecrow Golden Ale
Sunner Kolsch
James Boag Lager
Murphy’s Irish Stout (Can)
Smithwick’s Irish Ale (Draft)

June:

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Woodchuck Pear Cider
Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Big Bay Boatilla Amber
North Coast Red Seal
Berghoff Prairie Lager
Piraat Ale
Sam Adams Boston Lager (Draft)
Majaraja Beer (Restaurant bottle)
Radeberger Pilsner (Draft)

July:

Cherish Kriek Lambic
Lagunitas Maximus IPA
Rogue Juniper Pale Ale
Big Bay Wavehopper Kolsch
Wells Bombardier
Victory Helios Ale
Hornsby’s Amber Cider
Anchor Steam Beer
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier – Marzen

August:

He’brew Messiah Bold
Grand Teton Brewing Sweetgrass APA
Sierra Nevada “Beer Camp” Weizenbock
Sierra Nevada “Beer Camp” Double IPA
Sierra Nevada “Beer Camp” Juniper Black Ale
Sierra Nevada “Beer Camp” California Common Ale
Kostritzer Schwarzbier
Bear Republic XP Pale Ale
Victory Prima Pils
Hacker-Pschorr Weiss (Draft)

September:

Three Floyds Pride & Joy
Kulmbacher Eisbock
Tusker Lager
Svyturys Ekstra
Lindemans Kriek Lambic
Goose Island Honker Ale (Draft)

Extreeeeeme close up

October:

Hinterland Maple Bock
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier – Weizen
Hinterland Luna Coffee Stout
Spaten Oktoberfest
Shiner Oktoberfest
Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale
North Coast Old Stock Ale

November:

Spaten Optimator
Rhinelander Brewing Thumper IPA
Fullers Vintage Ale 2004
Duvel (cork)
Maredsous Tripel

December 2011:

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
Unibroue Blanche de Chambly
Xingu Black Beer
Piraat Ale (cork)
Anchor Christmas 2011

Total: 102 unique beers

Well! I called it back in 2010 when I said…

My expectation is that the 2011 consumption is not going to be as prolific since I am not in the beer sales biz anymore and therefore don’t have to stay abreast of each and every new offering. I am enjoying beer more now since I can try it at my own pace.

True. Back when I sold beer for a living, I couldn’t stand the “Rate Beer” crowd that had to drink anything and everything just to brag about having the most beer ratings or something. It’s fun to try different beers out but I’m also settling in to some favorites (or old standbys, depending on how you look at it).

I’m not sure if I am going to run this feature next year but it’s been an interesting snapshot (literally) of my beer consumption.

Enjoy this article responsibly. We card hard!

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