I’m a beer lover and a homebrewer located in Central Illinois. I was looking up a beer someone had told me about and somehow stumbled across the 999 beers blog by Dave Selden. His quest is to drink 999 beers in 999 days, and he provides excellent tasting notes on each beer.
My quest is similar, but it is certainly not an attempt to literally “one-up” Dave. For one, my tasting notes will certainly not be as thorough as his and will lack the fancy tasting graphs he includes. Second, I don’t know that I want to drink a beer every single day (gasp!), or that it would be reasonable for me to do so. However, I may drink 2 (or more) different beers in a single day and simply plan to document the different beers I try throughout my journey.
Really, this site started as a way for me to remember what I thought of the many different beers I’ve tried. I’d find myself going into a bar and thinking to myself, “I can’t remember if I liked that beer or not.” So I started this as a way to help me remember what I’ve had and what I thought of each beer.
I started taking notes on these beers in April 2010, and it continues today. In March 2013, I had heart surgery for a heart valve issue. It slowed me down, but hasn’t taken me out of the game.
If you happen to stumble across this blog, I hope you’ll take a second to let me know you stopped by, and feel free to comment. I’ll do my best to provide tasting notes, but it’s really a chance for me to document my own thoughts, memories, sensations, and tastes as I make my way through 1000 different beers.
August 10, 2010
Wow, I’m honored! Also, looks like you had a great time at OBF. Send me your postal address and I’ll send you some books to aid in your quest!
October 14, 2010
Stumbled across your blog, and thought I’d send mine out from last year. Keep up the good work.
October 14, 2010
Thanks Micah! I took a look at your blog… great work! Did you try a similar challenge in 2010?
May 2, 2011
I like the blog, keep it up. Thank you for posting your pictures on BeerCraving.com
July 9, 2011
Love the blog and had thought of doing something similar myself. We have lots of great micro breweries up here in Maine and I enjoy tasting what they have to offer. If you need more Maine beer to get to your 1,000 let me know and we can make arrangements to get some shipped to you.
July 12, 2011
James, thanks for the shout out! I’ve only had a couple Allagash and Shipyard beers, but would love to try more from Maine. Anything you recommend?
July 12, 2011
Allagash is good – not a huge fan of Shipyard. Lots of options for other Maine beers. All are best on tap in the actual brew pubs but I think that is the case for all beers. Here are a few sites. If you want to send me
Gearys – http://gearybrewing.com/pages/home.php
Grittys – http://www.grittys.com/beers_home.php
OPB – http://www.oakpondbrewery.com/locations.asp
Sea Dog – http://www.seadogbrewing.com/seadogbrews.php
Baxter – http://www.baxterbrewing.com/
and there are tons more. If you have never been to Maine you should come. Great state and wonderful beer. I’d be happy to exchange some beer from Maine for some of your local beers. Shoot me an email and maybe we can find a way to make that happen.
February 18, 2012
Just stumbled across your blog. Looking forward to following your journey. Good luck! Cheers!
February 20, 2012
Your blog was recommended to me by a fellow beer blogger. I am the community director for the Beer Bloggers Conference and wanted to let you know I’m adding you to our Complete List of Beer Bloggers (http://beerbloggersconference.org/blogs/complete-list-of-beer-blogs/). Hope you can join us in Indy this July!
June 30, 2012
I saw an entry of yours on Untappd and I am in central Illinois as well so I thought I would say hello. I just opened a Burton Baton so cheers to you and I will watch as you reach your quest of 1000 beers.
July 5, 2012
Thanks Scott! Cheers!
July 29, 2012
I just stumbled across this and will now get nothing done for several hours as I go back through the 400+ entries. Let me know when you are in Indy, there are plenty of things to try here.
January 14, 2013
We don’t bottle yet,but when you’re ready to escape Illinois in the dead winter, come see us in sunny So Cal. We have more than a few award-winning ales for you to try. Cheers!
February 24, 2013
Great Blog – It is certainly going to be a regular favourite of mine. Went to the US for the first time this year and was surprised by the quality of the beer available.