Only drinking one night, and pouring the next, so I can't drink one of everything. So here is my plan to decide on beers:
1. Nothing I've ever tried before. There's nothing there that I've had and that I need to drink again.
2. Nothing I can get at NLC afterwards. Maybe I will break that rule if I have a spare token at the end, but I probably won't.
3. Where possible, going for "hard to find" stuff: Italian, NZ, one-offs and vintage. I can probably grab a Flying Monkeys from Ontario some time, but not a Bruery.
4. Sours, stouts, IPAs.
5. Using Untappd average ratings to help me make decisions.
I took the current beer list, flagged beers I have/haven't tried and found Untappd averages for each beer. Sorted to only look at beers I haven't tried, that won't be at NLC, and ordered by Untappd rating. Here are my top choices. The last number is Untappd average.
These are the only beers (other than Utopias) with a rating above 4.00. Must-tries.
Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist American Imperial Stout 4.23
Les Trois Mousquetaires Ceci N'est Pas Une Gueuze Gueuze 4.21
Brasserie Dunham Jane Doe #6 American Sour Ale 4.2
The Bruery Oude Tart Flanders Red Ale 4.1
Dieu Du Ciel Solstice dEte (Framboises) Berliner Weisse Sour 4.07
Sawdust City Brewing Company Bitter Beauty Imperial IPA 4.03
I skipped 8 Wired Flat White, because I don't really like milk stouts.
These are between 3.90 and 4.00. Another good list
Birrificio De Ducato Luna Rossa Sour Ale 3.95
Trou Du Diable Ze Blene No. 6 Sour Ale 3.95
Lindemans Old Kriek Cuvee Rene Lambic Kriek 3.94
8 Wired Brewing Grand Cru (2015) Sour Ale 3.93 n
Brasserie Dunham Assemblage Numero 1 American Sour Ale 3.92
Brouwerij De Molen Binkie Claws = Doggie Claws American Barleywine 3.91
Then there are 3 Port Rexton beers. Assuming they are new I want each of them. Now we're up to 15 samples.
It also makes sense to try the other good beers from some of these breweries. So that's
8 Wired Brewing Mighty Imperial Ale Strong Ale 3.81
Birrificio De Ducato Verdi Imperial Stout American Imperial Stout 3.85
Birrificio De Ducato New Morning Saison 3.62
Sawdust City Brewing Company Skinny Dippin' Stout Oatmeal Stout 3.74
The Bruery Saison Rue Saison 3.84
Trou Du Diable SMaSH Citra American IPA 3.88
Trou Du Diable La Morsure American IPA 3.74
and I'd like to try the White Pony beers from Italy
White Pony Microbrewery Strongest Than Ever American Barleywine 3.85
White Pony Microbrewery The Oracle English Barleywine 3.77
White Pony Microbrewery Sour The System Lambic Style Sour Ale 3.74
White Pony Microbrewery Troubles We Love Flanders Red Ale 3.62
That's 26 samples.
That may be a lot
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