Do you have the largest collection?

Not by a long shot.  There are a lot of other people out there with collections larger than mine.  They just don’t talk about them as much.  I know for sure of a collection that has over 17,000 bottles.  However, that person accepts donations of empty bottles from anyone.  In my mind that’s not the same type of beer bottle collecting that I do.

How do you keep track of all those bottles?

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               1337

Repeats                        37

Size Difference          17

Still to drink               15

Cans                              214

Bottles                         1123

Unique Beers             1283

Breweries                   475

Classic Cans               44

Are you an alcoholic?

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.

Did you drink every beer in the collection?

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.

Is every bottle/can different?

No.  There are 1,283 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.

How many bottles/cans do you have?

I will try to update this on a regular basis until I can come up with a way to link directly to my collection.  The current collection contains 1609 bottles and cans.

What is your favorite beer bottle

That’s a really tough question for me.  I have a hard time picking a favorite anything, be it a favorite book, favorite movie, favorite song, or favorite bottle.  I suppose if someone put a gun to my head and forced me to make a choice, I would have to say Mill St. Coffee Porter as it was the first bottle I specifically brought back from a trip somewhere (officially marking as well as anything can be that I was collecting beer bottles).Mill St

What is your favorite style of beer

I have an inherent dislike of attempting to choose a singular favorite of anything.  Ask me to pick my favorite movie or favorite song and I’ll launch into the top 100 of each and not be able to down select from there.  All I can say is that I really like Scotch Ales, Belgian dubbels, tripels & quadrupels, odd beers such as peanut butter hefeweizens, etc.  Down selecting from there simply isn’t going to happen.

Can I donate an empty bottle or can to your collection?

When someone is being generous I feel really bad about discouraging them.  In this case, however, I must.  As I have discussed in the post To collect or not to collect, the main purpose of the collection is to tell my story.  The collection represents my journey.  Adding bottles and cans that I did not drink (or at least taste) feels more like telling someone else’s journey.  So, I do not accept empty bottles or cans.  Sorry.

Can I donate a full bottle or can to your collection?

Absolutely.  I highly advise contacting me directly first to make sure I don’t already have it.  But I’m not one to discourage someone’s sense of philanthropy.  Donate away.