June 13, 2013 by 250 Beers
Previous unique beer milestones of mine have always been nice round numbers such as 250 (of course), 300 and 400.
There are no rules or regulations to these milestones. I guess it’s what we do naturally as humans: acknowledge numbers or anniversaries that look nice or are easy on the eye. We treat them more significantly than we would say, 249, 297 or 403.
Instead of commemorating my 500th¹ unique beer like everybody else, I’m bucking the trend of celebrating a nice looking number by cheering my 501st instead. Ooh, what a devil.
The number 501 is synonymous with a style of the famous denim brand from Levi Strauss. Levi 501’s if you will.
Before my waistline and arse grew to the girth that they are today (thanks in part to the beers that I now write about) I actually owned a few pairs of these jeans from Levi. This wasn’t because I like branded clothing. I just liked the fit. I wouldn’t achieve that slim-fit look today. In fact, I’d look stupid walking around with the flies only reaching half way up (or down depending on how you look at it) and a semi-decent beer belly creeping over the top. I’d be arrested.
Anyway, enough about my wholesomeness…drum roll please…ladies and gentlemen, my 501st unique beer is Anchor Brewing’s Steam Beer (4.9%) from the United States of America…..and I’m having a Löwenbräu with it.
Why have I chosen this beer to celebrate my 501st – along with a Löwenbräu? There is a reason and I’ll tell you…
Löwenbräu Original (5.2%) featured quite early on in my unique beer count mainly because it is readily available at most outlets but I have purchased another bottle for this occasion to tie in nicely with the theme.
When dear old Levi turned 18 years of age he emigrated to the bright lights of the United States to seek his fame and fortune. I’m not 100% certain whether they even had bright lights in America in 1847 but that’s where Levi went. He sailed away leaving the German Purity Law of 1516 and fine German beer behind him. Auf Wiedersehen!
He lived in New York City for six years before heading to the state of Kentucky to sell his family’s wares in the city of Louisville. By this point, Levi had become an American citizen and was no doubt living the American dream.
The Strauss family then decided to branch out their business and opened an outlet for their dry goods firm 2,500 miles away in San Francisco on the West Coast. Levi was deemed astute enough to run this new operation on the other side of the country. Little did the rest of his family know that he had some hair-brained scheme up his sleeve concerning a blue material later to become known as denim. Crazy fool.
After seeing his personal empire grow, Mr Strauss passed away on the 26th September 1902 aged 73 leaving behind no wife and no children – only his beloved San Francisco.
You see, that’s why I chose Anchor Steam Beer for my commemorative 501st unique beer – because it’s brewed and bottled in San Francisco. See what I’ve done? 501st beer…501 jeans…Levi Strauss…born near the Löwenbräu brewery…died in San Francisco.
Anchor Brewing started brewing their Steam Beer in 1896 so Levi would’ve only had six years worth of wrist action left in him to drink as many as he could. There is no record of whether he was a beer man, a cider drinker or a lover of wine so the quaffing of Anchor Steam Beer during his final six years on this planet is purely speculation on my part.
Levi Strauss left behind a fortune of approximately $6m. That’s the equivalent of more than $150m today.
Imagine how many beers I could buy with that sort of cash?!
¹If you follow me on Untappd, you’ll see that my unique beer total does not reflect the total shown on my blog. This is simply because I started counting unique beers in October 2010 yet only signed up for Untappd in January 2013.