Let’s Meet The Hollowheads

So, in case anyone hasn’t noticed yet, I’m chock full of obscure references and I’m not afraid to use them (e.g., Meet The Hollowheads: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095608/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_68).

Lets take a glance at the collection itself.  I have a hard time pinpointing in my memory exactly when I started seriously collecting.  However, a trip to Toronto in 2005 and the gathering of bottles from Mill Street Brewery (http://millstreetbrewery.com/) stands out as when I really started getting serious about it.  So, over the last 10 or so years I have collected roughly 1,300 bottles and cans.  I wish I could show a picture of them all.  However, one of the major challenges I will quickly start talking about is where to keep/display that many bottles and cans.  The dream is to have my office look more like this:

Bottle Wall 01
Full view of wall of bottles
Bottle Wall 05
Corner view of wall of bottles

However, the reality is that more often it looks like this:

State of the Office 01

I will discuss displaying issues more thoroughly in a separate post.  This is about the collection itself.  Let’s get some anticipated questions out of the way right off the bat:

Q: Is every bottle/can different?

A: No.  There are 1,257 unique beers in the collection.  If I have a bomber (22 oz beer) and a 12 ounce bottle of the same beer I don’t consider the second bottle to be a unique beer.  If I have a bottle and a can of the same beer, I don’t consider it to be a unique bottle.

Q: Did you drink every beer in the collection?

A: Almost.  There are 44 cans from the 1970s that my brother collected when he was a kid and that I stole in later years.  Other than that I drank (or at least tasted) each of the beers in my collection.

Q: Are you an alcoholic?

A: No.  1,300 bottles/cans over roughly 10 years is about 130 per year, 11 or so per month, or about 2-3 per week.  Definitely not an alcoholic.  I just try really hard to only drink beer when I can collect the bottle.

Q: How do you keep track of all those bottles?

A: I use an Excel sheet. Once I learn more about my blogging tools I hope to have a live link to the actual tracking information so that anyone can view live statistics and dive into the collection at will.  For now, here are the statistics I track:

Beers Added               1311

Repeats                        37

Size Difference          16

Still to drink               19

Cans                              204

Bottles                         1088

Unique Beers             1257

Breweries                   459

Classic Cans               44

Author: UsedHair

I am a labeorphilist (one who collects beer bottles) looking to discuss the adventures often involved in obtaining the bottles and the challenges that accompany the hobby.

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