On 9/16/17 I completed my long journey of experiencing 100 beers. It took over a year and a half to achieve the goal. I was very open-minded in tasting beers I had never thought I would try. Sometimes I would be in a microbrewery, trying a flight of 6 or 7 beers. Sometimes I would pick up a six-pack of some beer I knew I liked as well as some beer that I was unsure of. I also found at several stores I could get 6 singles at some special six-pack price.
(For the complete list of beers, I recommend selecting the following link:
Of the beers I tried, I liked a lot of them. I tried and liked many of the wheat beers, Hefeweizens, Farmhouse Ales, Saisons, Brown Ales, and Helles Lagers. There were a few that I did not like at all, mainly cheap beers, IPAs (India Pale Ale – usually high in alcohol and off the scale in IBUs), gimmick beers (e.g., #21: Shock Top “Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat” or #36 Flying Dog “Sea Salt Carmel Brown”), and heavily fruity beers. Some seasonal beers were good, but you need to be in the mood for them (e.g., #37: Harpoon “Winter Warmer” and pumpkin ales).
I sampled beers that were national brands and local microbreweries. I tried beers from several states, especially when on vacation. Many I had never heard of before.
What I concluded is that I like several types of beers. My favorite type is a wheat beer / Hefeweizen. I also still like some of the old reliable beers – the big factory domestic beers (e.g., Budweiser, Coors Lite, and Bud Lite Lime.) Also, I was surprised that I liked so many of the Sam Adams brand beers (except for their best-selling “Boston Lager”). I also noticed that my tastes change over time. I sometimes need to have another one at a later time to confirm that I really like it.
Here is my current top 20:
- Sam Adams “Hefeweizen”
- Bud Lite Lime
- Coors Light
- Boulder Bend “Dark Wheat Ale”
- Blue Moon “Harvest Pumpkin Ale”
- Port City “Optimal Wit”
- Sam Adams “Fresh as Helles”
- Waredaca “Little Dam Honey Wheat”
- Waredaca “White Flag Belgium Wit”
- Sam Adams “Cold Snap”
- Sam Adams “Summer Ale”
- Leinenkugel “Summer Shandy”
- Omme Gang “Witte Wheat Ale”
- Black Hoof “Bears Den Nut Brown Ale”
- Black Hoof “Island Pond Hefeweizen”
- Workers Comp “Farmhouse Ale”
While I stopped at 100 (and added one I forgot), I will still try new beers. That may be the best part of the experience of beer drinking.
I don’t know if I will update the list each time I try one. However it would be good to update the list of those beers I do like so I can just pull out my phone, bring up this blog and look up the rating.