#58 100 Beers

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:
https://937experiences.wordpress.com/beers-100/ )

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:

  1. Guinness
  2. Budweiser
  3. Sam Adams “Hefeweizen”
  4. Harp
  5. Bud Lite Lime
  6. Coors Light
  7. Boulder Bend “Dark Wheat Ale”
  8. Blue Moon “Harvest Pumpkin Ale”
  9. Port City “Optimal Wit”
  10. Sam Adams “Fresh as Helles”
  11. Waredaca “Little Dam Honey Wheat”
  12. Waredaca “White Flag Belgium Wit”
  13. Hoegaarden
  14. Sam Adams “Cold Snap”
  15. Sam Adams “Summer Ale”
  16. Leinenkugel “Summer Shandy”
  17. Omme Gang “Witte Wheat Ale”
  18. Black Hoof “Bears Den Nut Brown Ale”
  19. Black Hoof “Island Pond Hefeweizen”
  20. 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.

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