1001 Beers: The Beer-ginning
by Ben D-T
This is the beginning, or beer-ginning, of a new project, a project to drink 1001 different beers before I die. I’ll drink each beer, whether it comes in a bottle, can, or draught and write a review before rating each beer on a scale of five. These aren’t just any beers, they’re specially selected and collected in a book quite conveniently called 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die.
The book was put together by journalist Adrian Tierney-Jones back in 2013. He stresses in his introduction that the book is far from a list of the world’s best beers. He says “It is a a list of the beers you really should try before you shuffle off this mortal coil – if only to discover what you dislike.”
My girlfriend bought this volume of beer excellence for me for Valentines Day this year and now, after a prolonged period of putting it off I’m finally going to start making my way through this book. I’m going to try and drink four of the beers every month (mainly because doing any more would be too harsh on my wallet), that way it should only take me…um…about 20 years.
This project, this journey if you will, will take me around the world. Through 68 countries from every continent but Antarctica I’ll be drinking light beers, amber beers and dark beers. Lagers, ales, pale ales, Indian pale ales, bitters and stouts. Weak beers with ABVs in single figures and strong beers with ABVs in double figures. Beers brewed in abbeys by monks and beers brewed in microbreweries by hipsters. Beers first brewed this decade and beers first brewed in the century before last. Famous beers and beers so obscure sounding you wonder if they’re even real. Beers in bottles and beers in cans. Beers upon beers upon beers.
There’s an inconvenient truth about this project that I’ve been doing my best to avoid. Many of these beers are very hard, some seemingly impossible, to get hold of. Importing beer is difficult and complicated, and beers from countries like Palestine, Ethiopia, and Laos may prove too hard to obtain. Also, many of the beers in this book may simply stop being brewed, or the breweries could go totally out of business, or this country might revert to prohibition. Basically in all the years this is gonna take a lot of things could happen that would make this project a hell of a lot harder or even straight up impossible. I don’t know what I’ll do if I can’t get through all 1001 beers, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
For now, join me on the first step of this journey by reading the review of beer number one. Just click here and we’ll get started.