About a year and a half ago, I started getting serious about good beer.
One thing I did was buy a book listing the top 100 beers as chosen by a bunch of beer critics. I went through that, ticking all of the beers I’d had. I can’t remember what the exact tally was but I know I didn’t expend much pen ink in the ticking process. So I vowed to try more beers so, the next time I went through a list like that it would be less embarrassing.
And just such a list was created yesterday. The Local Taphouse’s Hottest 100 draws a lot of attention each year. Well, a lot of attention from beer geeks; I’d reckon the rest of the country is more interested in that other Hottest 100 some radio station does (I don’t bother listening to that. Because I am old).
Anyway, there was quite a buzz to see who finished where, with brewers and fans tweeting each other congratulations and/or professing shock that they didn’t finish higher.
I was looking at both these tweets and the list after the fact because I was working on Australia Day. And I was quite keen to check out the list and grade the depth of my beer geekery. I think a popular list like this is a decent measure for a guy from Wollongong, a city where a good number of these beers aren’t stocked by anyone. Which means you have to order them in – and if you’ve started ordering beers from interstate, I reckon that’s ranks pretty high on the beer geek scale.
Anyway, looking through the list I was pretty chuffed to see that I’d tried nine of the top 10 beers – the only one I missed out on was the Watermelon Warhead (and, sadly, I reckon I’ll never get to taste that one).
The longest run of consecutive beers was 10 – from No45 to No 54 and the most difficult beer to get was the Zephyr from Doctor’s Orders, which I had to go all the way to Newcastle for, bringing a growler with me.
All-up I had managed to work my way through 73 of the 100 beers in the list. Which is a number I’m fairly proud of. The list has also helped me identify a few new breweries I’ll need to track down – including Wayward, Bellingen Brewing Company and 4 Hearts. Which I know will not be a burden at all.
Categories: Beer critic, brewery, Wollongong
73 of that list is impressive, would have taken some coin and dedication, you probably faired better than me on that list. Will you do the 100 this year?
I’d love to do the 100 but given that some of the beers are (I think) on tap only, it would be a big, big ask.
yeah I know, that just makes it that little bit more of a challenge. Anyway plane tickets are cheap 🙂