Saturday, January 2, 2016

Beer in review


2015 a beer in review

The perfect time to quantify my quaffing is at the end of one year and the beginning of a new. The year makes such an easy delineation for queries and aggregation. So I present to you data sets of new beers I've drank WHERE YEAR(beerDate) = 2015.


Best new brewery: pFriem Family Brewers (6)
pFriem is not a new brewery, getting started in 2012, but they started bottling in 2015 and I couldn't have been happier. Their beer is outstanding and now available in bottles a few blocks from my house.

Name Style Date
IPA American-Style India Pale Ale  2015-04-17
Blond IPA American-Style India Pale Ale  2015-05-04
Belgian Strong Blonde Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale  2015-07-05
Belgian Wit Belgian-Style Witbier  2015-08-18
CDA American-Style Black Ale  2015-12-17
Mosaic Single-Hop Pale Ale American-Style Pale Ale  2015-12-30

Biggest Beer: Stone Brewing Company Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout (10.5 ABV)
I enjoyed this beer on November, 16. This monster beer tasted of chocolate, coffee and anise and was thick as motor oil.

Top 4 breweries: There was a tie at 5th place
Thanks to the Vertical Epic Series Stone solidly took 1st place.

Brewery Total Beers
Stone Brewing Company 10
pFriem Family Brewers 5
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company 5
New Belgium Brewing 4

I've only had one: 37
There were 37 breweries from which I only had 1 beer last year. Looking through this list it is hard to imagine that I only brought one home, but numbers don't lie (unless you make them). There are so many great breweries below and yet there are so many beers out there, I can't hope to drink them all. Well, I could, but that's not such a good idea.

Alameda Brewhouse, Amnesia, Backwoods Brewing, Bend Brewing Company, Brasserie Dupont sprl, Breakside Brewery, Brew Dog, Buoy Beer Company, Cascade Lakes Brewing Company, Eel River Brewing Company, Ex Novo Brewing Company, Fish Brewing Company, Full Sail Brewing Brewing Company, Gigantic Brewing Company, Gilgamesh, Good Life Brewing Company, Hales Ales, Heater Allen Brewing, Heretic Brewing Company, Hoegaarden, Hop Valley Brewing Company, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Loowit Brewering Company, Narragansett Beer, Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Old Town Brewing, Payette Brewing Company, Pelican Pub & Brewery, Planktown Brewing, Pyramid Breweries, Rogue Brewery, Stickman Brewing Company, Sun River Brewing Company, Tailgate, The Traveler Beer Company, Walking Man Brewing, and Worthy Brewing.

Beer Styles: 33
Beer styles are fuzzy, but my somewhat educated guesses ended up with me having 33 different beer styles in 2015. From Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale to British-Style Imperial Stout and from French & Belgian-Style Saison to German-Style Pilsener. Not surprising the India Pale Ale varieties (American, Imperial and Session) totaled up to 49% of my intake.

A few more numbers for 2015;
97 new beers
56 breweries
13 beers in October, most popular month
3 beers in February, least popular month