Statistics are like bikinis

I have a background in Cognitive Psychology that comes with a smattering of statistics. Apart from the phrase “correlation does not imply causation”, I think the most important statistics I learned was a quote from Aaron Levenstein. “Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital”.

With an ever growing collection of bottles and cans, I have to keep track of them somehow. The easiest thing for me is to keep everything an Excel sheet. This is the sheet that tells me when I reach 1400 bottles and cans or 500 breweries. The number of bottles and cans is a suggestive statistic. I think a more vital statistic is the number of “unique” beers.

Across different sizes of cans/bottles, having classic cans, collectible artwork, etc. I have 8 different items in the collection that are “Pabst Blue Ribbon”. So, they count as 8 for the total of bottles and cans, but as only 1 “unique beer”.

Long story short (too late), I reached 1,500 unique beers today. Actually, I passed it and have logged in 1,516 unique beers.  But I can’t celebrate each one, so we’re looking at 1,500.  If anyone else gets a kick out of statistics, here is where the full stats sit right now:

Beers Added 1,576
Repeats 43
Size Difference 17
Still to drink 65
Cans 296
Bottles 1,280
Unique Beers 1,516
Breweries 532
Classic Cans 44

I’m right on the verge of some other milestones as well.  1,300 bottles and 300 cans are both right around the corner.  And, 1,600 beers added is waiting next in the wings.  The collection gets more impressive all the time.

So, what is the lucky 1500th unique beer? That would be Mothman Black IPA from Greenbrier Valley Brewing in West Virginia.

Greenbrier Mothman Black IPA
Greenbrier Mothman Black IPA

The can itself has a great description of the West Virginia Mothman legend.

Mothman beer description

I like that this brewery embraces their West Virginia heritage. They have beers describing  Mothman, The Hatfield/McCoy feud, and even Sasquatch.

Greenbrier beer selection

I didn’t realize Sasquatch was a West Virginia thing. But, who am I to argue with the brewers. I hope that the beers I get when I hit 1,600, 2,000 or 20,000 unique beers are as unique as the Mothman Black IPA.

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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