My Year of Craft Beer Drinking: The Sequel
A year ago I manually compiled a ridiculous amount of data to analyze my craft beer drinking habits and also celebrate the enjoyment I have derived from the ability to log every beer I consume thanks to Untappd. Sunday, April 28, 2013, marked two years since I logged my very first beer into Untappd, and 1,887 total check-ins and 1,252 uniques later, I finally signed up to become an Untappd supporter so I could own my data.
As such, I present to you in chart form some highlights from the two years I’ve spent enjoying some of the greatest beer in the world:
Three Floyds wins by a landslide; may have had something to do with the fact that I shipped three cases of FFF beer to myself in NYC from Chicago this past winter. I seldom choose Brooklyn these days; a lot of that tally was built during my first few months on Untappd before I started branching further out. Same goes for Dogfish Head, a brewery at one time I greatly admired but who I now feel has been surpassed by a great many. And Stone and Sierra Nevada round out the top five, which makes sense to me as they are arguably the top two “large” craft brewers in the business, although Lagunitas is very much in that conversation as well. I don’t have a set definition for “large,” for these purposes I guess I would define large as a brewery in the Brewers Association’s Top 15.
At this time last year, I had consumed beers brewed in 31 out of 50 states. I managed to knock nine more states (and Washington, DC) off the list, and so the only states I still have yet to drink a beer from are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia.
American IPAs made up 22% of all beers consumed, followed by 15% for DIPAs and 11% for American Pale Ales. There are a lot of ”0%” entries in that chart, but in most cases it means I only had a handful of a given style, but it was a small enough amount that it rounded down to zero.
My obsession with Zombie Dust ensured that it would overtake Brooklyn Lager as my most-consumed. Two other beers have remained in the top six since last year — Ruination and 90-Minute IPA, although that is more due to the fact that I was on an insane mission of seeking uniques out for much of the year rather than substantial consumption of either.
My Top-Rated Beers, or the 33 out of 1,252 (3%) that have merited a rating of 5 out of 5
|Barrier Brewing Company||Money IPA|
|Bear Republic Brewing Co.||Cafe Racer 15|
|Bear Republic Brewing Co.||Racer 5 IPA|
|Bear Republic Brewing Co.||Racer X|
|Flying Dog Brewery||Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra)|
|Green Flash Brewing Co.||West Coast IPA|
|Hill Farmstead Brewery||Abner|
|Hill Farmstead Brewery||Edward|
|Hill Farmstead Brewery||Ephraim|
|Hill Farmstead Brewery||Susan|
|Kern River Brewing Company||Citra|
|Knee Deep Brewing Company||Hoptologist DIPA|
|Knee Deep Brewing Company||Simtra Triple IPA|
|Lagunitas Brewing Company||Hop Stoopid|
|Lawson’s Finest Liquids||Fayston Maple Imperial Stout|
|Lawson’s Finest Liquids||Paradise Pale Ale|
|New England Brewing Co.||Gandhi-Bot|
|Pipeworks Brewing Company||Ninja Vs. Unicorn|
|Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.||Hoptimum|
|Ska Brewing||Modus Hoperandi|
|Stone Brewing Co.||Enjoy By 09.21.12 IPA|
|Stone Brewing Co.||Enjoy By 12.21.12 IPA|
|Stone Brewing Co.||Stone Ruination IPA|
|Stone Brewing Co.||Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA|
|Surly Brewing Company||Furious|
|The Alchemist||Heady Topper|
|Three Floyds Brewing Company||Alpha King|
|Three Floyds Brewing Company||Arctic Panzer Wolf|
|Three Floyds Brewing Company||Dreadnaught|
|Three Floyds Brewing Company||Gumballhead|
|Three Floyds Brewing Company||Michiana Power|
|Three Floyds Brewing Company||Zombie Dust|
|Tired Hands Brewing Company||California Uber Helles|