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Patrick C.
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Username: Patrickc

Post Number: 247
Registered: 01-2001
Posted on Monday, January 17, 2005 - 01:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My local watering hole (Taco Mac) has what they call the Passport Club. If you drink 125 different beers you get a t-shirt, they put your name on a plaque, and any time you order something on tap you get a 20 oz. mug instead of their normal 'cheater' pints. They started this excuse to drink more last July, and I finished last night. In all I had 35 different US micros, 15 BMCs, 14 beers from regional/midsize brewers, 13 Germans, 12 English, 11 from Mexico, 9 from Canada, 5 Belgians, 2 each from Holland, Japan Ireland and the Czech Republic, and 1 from Jamaica and Italy. I managed to avoid Bud and Bud Light, but had 6 other AB beers, 1 non-alcoholic, and 1 sickly sweet malternative.

The 125 I had-
Abita Purple Haze
Abita TurboDog
Amstel Light
Anchor Liberty
Anchor Porter
Anchor Steam
Asahi Super Dry
Ayinger BrauWeisse
Bare Knuckle Stout
Bass Ale
Beckís Oktoberfest
Becks
Becks Dark
Bert Grant Lazy Days
Bert Grant Porter
Boddingtonís
Bohemia
Carta Blanca
Chimay Red
Chimay White
Coors
Coors Blue Moon Belgian White
Coors Light
Corona
Corona Light
Dinkel Acker
Dinkel Acker Dark
Dos Equis Amber
Dos Equis Lager
Edison Light
Flying Dog Doggie Style
Flying Dog Horn Dog
Flying Dog Old Scratch Lager
Flying Dog Road Dog
Flying Dog Tire Biter
Fosters Lager
Fosters Lager (oil can)
Grolsch
Guiness
Harp
Harpoon IPA
Heineken
Hobgoblin
Hoegaarden
Honey Brown Lager
Icehouse
Iron City
Iron City Light
John Courage Amber
Killianís Red
Labattís Blue
Labattís Blue Light
Lindemanís Framboise
Lone Star
Mackeson XXX
Michelob
Michelob Amber Bock
Michelob Light
Mickeyís Malt Liquor
Miller Genuine Draft
Miller Genuine Draft Light
Miller High Life
Miller Lite
Modelo Especial
Molson Canadian
Molson Golden
Molson Ice
Molson XXX
Monty Pythonís Holy Grail Ale
Moosehead
Moretti
Natural Lite
Negra Modelo
Newcastle
OíDoulís Non-alcoholic
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Pacifico
Paulaner Hefeweizen
Peteís Strawberry Blonde
Peteís Wicked Ale
Pilsner Urquell
Red Hook ESB
Red Stripe
Rogue Chocolate Stout
Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Rogue Morimoto Soba Ale
Rogue St. Rogue Red
Rolling Rock
Sam Adamís Octoberfest
Sam Adams Cherry Wheat
Sam Adams Cream Stout
Sam Adams Lager
Sam Adams Light
Sam Adams Pale Ale
Sam Adams Winter Lager
Samuel Smith Lager
Samuel Smith Pale Ale
Samuel Smith Taddy Porter
Sapporo
Shiner Bock
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Skyy Blue
Smithwicks
Sol
St. Pauli Girl
St. Pauli Girl Dark
Staropramen
Stella Artois
Sweetwater 420
Sweetwater Blue
Sweetwater ESB
Sweetwater IPA
Sweetwater Porter
Sweetwater Sweet Georgia Brown
Tecate
Terrapin Rye Ale
Tucher Crystal
Tucher Hefeweizen
Warsteiner
Warsteiner Dark
Whitbread
Woodchuck Amber Cider
Woodchuck Granny Smith Cider
Woodchuck Pear Cider
Woodpecker Cider
 

Graham Cox
Junior Member
Username: T2driver

Post Number: 37
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, January 17, 2005 - 03:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That's one expensive T-shirt. Did you have to move up a size after drinking all those?

All in all, that was probably very educational, although I personally would have really struggled with the BMC and their international cohorts. At least you had some excellent beers to counterbalance them.
 

Beerboy AKA The Jolly Brewer
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Username: Matfink

Post Number: 606
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Monday, January 17, 2005 - 10:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So Patrick, which was the best beer, and which was the worst?
 

Patrick C.
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Username: Patrickc

Post Number: 248
Registered: 01-2001
Posted on Monday, January 17, 2005 - 03:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I managed to stay the same size, but I needed a few more miles on the bike. I don't really know which was the best. All of the Flying Dogs were good, all of the Sweetwater beers were good, and the PU wasn't skunked. The worst was probably Amstel Light, because it was a little stale. I thought they would go through that fast enough that staling wouldn't be a problem, but I guess rednecks far outnumber yuppies in my area.
 

Wykowski
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Username: Bigearl

Post Number: 1230
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Monday, January 17, 2005 - 04:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

YEAH, They have "passports" at my local mega-pub also (KClinger's) different prizes for different levels.... at 120 you get a Mug that gets you $1 off drafts
You remember that foul evening when you heard the banshees howl
There was lousy drunken bastards singing 'Billy is in the bowl'
They took you up to midnight mass and left you in the lurch
So you dropped a button in the plate and spewed up in the church

 

Mark Tigges
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Username: Mtigges

Post Number: 228
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Monday, January 17, 2005 - 11:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What a selection. Beer jealousy sinking in. I had no idea you could get Tucher anywhere in North America. It's not great compared to regional competitors, but one of my fondest memories is sitting on the cobblestones near the marktplatz in Nurnburg with my then fiance drinking Tucher weizen. I had two glasses that I liberated, a wheat glass and a helles glass, but unfortunately only the wheat glass still survives.
 

Geoff Buschur
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Username: Avmech

Post Number: 481
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2005 - 02:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Good job Patrick! You have been more successful than I have at completing the passport. I think I am somewhere around 60 beers, which is pretty good considering my wife doesn't like to go there and I refuse to drink any BMC.
 

Connie
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Username: Connie

Post Number: 290
Registered: 10-2000
Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2005 - 03:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Patrick,
That's pretty impressive. I'm curious if the selection has changed much since Georgia changed the laws governing the abv content.
 

Geoff Buschur
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Username: Avmech

Post Number: 482
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2005 - 03:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

They added about 10 high gravity beers, but they are a little slow adding much new stuff.
 

Vance Barnes
Senior Member
Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 1378
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2005 - 03:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I think Summits has expanded their high gravity selections more than Taco Mac. And Andy had the passports at his Taco Macs years ago before he split and became Summits.

I've never wanted to bother to drink things I don't like or have already tried so I have ignored the passports. I can BUY a T shirt much cheaper!
 

Patrick C.
Intermediate Member
Username: Patrickc

Post Number: 251
Registered: 01-2001
Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2005 - 04:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

At the Taco Mac in Douglasville (my local) they have a handfull of barleywines, a few bocks/doppelbocks, and several Belgians. I don't think they have any IIPAs or other 'new' American-style HG beers. My guess is around 15 total, to go with over 50 'flavors' of BMC. I think they have about 150 beers total, but it changes. The liquor store down the street had tastings there right after the law changed. They would bring in 4 or 5 different beers each week for a free tasting, and they gave away some hats and t-shirts- much better than having to pay for it.