April 14, 2014 by 250 Beers

I reached another milestone last week. I drank my 1,000th unique beer…750 different beers since I named my blog after another landmark that I hit back in October 2012. It took me two years to get to 250 unique/new/different beers yet less than 18 months to crack 750 more.

Incidentally, the 1,000th came just ten months after wrangling through from number 500 (well, 501 actually).

By publicly and openly keeping a running tally of the different beers that I drink, I’d inadvertently built up the situation causing unnecessary hype – especially on the 250 Beers Facebook page. It’s only a number after all, right? Yes, it is only a number but deep down I wanted my 1,000th to be just a little bit different to a standard, run-of-the-mill lager.

There was no planning, no ritual, no fanfare. I just fancied a beer last Tuesday evening so I walked up to my beer fridge, opened it and glanced around inside. I didn’t dither or dick around I just grabbed a bottle from the top shelf, right hand side – that’s where the semi-spesh beers sit chilling (no doubt giggling amongst themselves at Mrs 250 Beers’ ciders and alcopops) – and there it was in my hand; Children of Darkness by HopDog BeerWorks.

This bottle had sat in my beer fridge since I returned from the Stone Beer brew day at Stone & Wood last month. It was a gift from Glen at Beer Is Your Friend. I say ‘gift’ but it was more of an exchange because he swapped the Children of Darkness for one of my brand spanking new bottles of 4 Hearts Pale Ale. Marginally, I came out on top. No offence Wade.

Children of darkness hopdog

Children of Darkness is a 6.5 percent black IPA that was originally brewed by HopDog as their 2012 entry for GABS. Thankfully, the microbrewery from Nowra in NSW continued to brew it. Equally gratifying was that I had one because I haven’t seen it up here in Queensland before. I’m not suggesting that it’s not around because it might be – I just haven’t personally set eyes on it. It is this, and the fact that it was a blogger swapsie, that made it a little bit extra special for my millennial beer.

Once the over zealous carbonation had settled down, I was left with a Spiegelau IPA glass pumping out sumptuous, earthy aromas of coffee and pine. It’s a bloody tasty black IPA with a resinous, dark chocolate bitterness that left a lingering dryness as well as a lingering ‘I want more’.

Glen, we shall meet again. If you happen to make a habit of keeping HopDog beers on your person then all the better.


4 thoughts on “1,000up

  1. Not Drunk and Not Speculating says:

    Nice work champ! I follow what you do and think this a pretty cool site. Keep it up!

  2. tpb03 says:

    Nice work bloke – 1000 is a difficult ticking milestone. Especially in Australia.

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