Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Beer Quest: 22 Down, 478 to go

For my birthday last weekend, a friend gave me a copy of Michael Jackon's Great Beer Guide to 500 Classic Brews. This Michael Jackson is the beer aficionado, not the singer. And so, I'm going to use the book as a checklist to expand my beer knowledge. I have had 22 of the 500 beers before receiving the book, and #23 is currently in the fridge. I am thoroughly looking forward to the next 478 beers!

Here's the current list of beers in the book that I have tried:

Alaskan Amber
Alaskan Smoked Porter
Bitburger Premium Pils
Boon Geuze
Budweiser Budvar (sold in the US under the name Chechvar)
Fanziskaner Dunkel Hefe-Weissbier
Gorden Biersch Marzen
Gouden Carolus
Guinness Extra Stout
Hoegaarden Witbier
Huyghe Delirium Tremens
Kasteel Bier Donker
Konig Pilsener
Kostitzer Schwarzbier
Newcastle Brown
North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Paulaner Hefe-Weizen
Pilsner Urquell
Red Hook ESB
Saison Dupont
Schloss Eggenberg Urbock 23

I may not have mentioned it before, but my housemates and I also brew our own beer.  We started last summer and it has been an awesome time.  So far we're brewed an English Brown, an Irish Red, a German Altbier, and an IPA.  Currently underway is a Belgian Triple, and just last night we kegged a Germain Weizenbier.  Next up is a Maibock.  Home-brewing is certainly a lot more work than going to the store and picking up a nice 6-pack, but it's really enjoyable.  Kind of like how steak houses have great food, but sometimes it's way more fun to stand outside in the rain and grill that steak yourself.  So, in addition to tech posts and random thoughts, I think there will be an increased number of posts relating to beer in the future.

1 comment:

Corey said...

oops...happy birthday!