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:
However, the reality is that more often it looks like this:
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
Size Difference 16
Still to drink 19
Unique Beers 1257
Classic Cans 44