I had my 40th birthday quite recently. It’s just a number, but it’s also a bit of a milestone for reflection. It’s a time for contemplation:
- How well have I lived my life so far?
- How should I live my life in the coming years?
It also marks the day when I received the book ‘300 Beers To Try Before You Die!’ by Roger Protz.
300 Beers To Try Before You Die!
Panic stations. I’ve got to get to work on this pronto!
OK, so maybe I’m not so concerned about my death, provided it’s due to natural causes and that it takes place in the latter part of this century. However, this book has piqued my interest. I’ve enjoyed drinking, what I call, ‘real ale’ for some years and, whilst I’m certainly no expert, I have developed a taste for what works and what doesn’t work for me. As a result, I’ve got my favourites and that is that. I occasionally try a new ale, but as a general rule, I know what I like and I stick with what I like.
What’s so special about this book, then?
Well, it offers me an achievable challenge: 300 beers at one per week is less than six years. I can do that. Better still, many of the beers are of British origin and should be fairly easy to obtain. Even better, quite a few of them are available in my local supermarkets or off licences. All this means that I can knock a few off the list within a few weeks. Then the real challenge starts. The European beers, the North and South American beers, the beers that are no longer in production (if there are any)…
So here’s what I will do:
- Drink all 300 beers in no particular order, except those that are readily available to me will probably come first for an easy win.
- Drink them when I feel like it. I won’t be aiming for one every week or any other kind of fixed schedule.
- Take a photo of each beer.
- I’ll take drinking notes. I’ve never done this before and my sense of smell is no good, but if nothing else, it’ll remind me which beers I want to drink again.
- If I see one in a pub and circumstances permit, I’ll go for it. Must remember to take a photo otherwise it doesn’t count.
- Learn something about the different types of beer along the way.
Here’s what I won’t do:
- Start ‘300 More Beers To Try Before You Die!’
- Start ‘1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die’
- Splurge the contents of 300 Beers to Try Before You Die! I’ve seen it going for £5 at a The Book People sale, otherwise you can get it from Amazon
So, that’s it. I might as well get started.
How about you?
Have you tried to drink your way through the book?
Did you have any difficulty obtaining any of the beers? How did you overcome that?
Let me know in the comments below.