Monday, November 23, 2009

A beer a day for 10,000 days

He's got a 21-year head start, but I'm catching up quick! I should reach 10,000 different beers on December 28, 2018.

The first was Dinkel Acker.

Dale Van Wieren of Lansdale, Montgomery County, cracked open the dark German lager on March 19, 1971, wrote its name in a notebook, poured himself a glass and put the bottle on a shelf.

The next was Fix, a Greek beer, then, San Miguel from the Philippines.

And so it went, year after year, shelf by shelf, from one room to the next and out into the garage - more than 7,200 bottles plus hundreds more drafts enjoyed in brewpubs and taverns, each meticulously entered into a notebook.

No. 10,000 will be tomorrow.

That's when Sly Fox Brewery & Restaurant, in Phoenixville, will honor the prolific suds-sipper with a ceremonial tapping of the specially made Dale's 10K Brew.

Congratulations to Dale! You can read his whole story at the Philadelphia Daily News.

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