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Tuesday, 19 January 2010

The bottles are weighing me down

Rather than a real blog post like my last rather controversial post about terroir this is a general question to other bloggers out there to see if I have actually gone mad. Ive started to keep to empty bottles of what I've been drinking!

This is a very small amount of 3 months in France

Ive always been a collector of 'excellent' bottles though. For example, when I finished Brewdog Atlantic IPA or Mikkeller Black I decided to keep the bottles as they would not only look good but remind me of when I drank them. The problem seems to be that I now seems to be keeping EVERYTHING I drink (with the exception of doubles or really bad beers). I know I've probably lost some of you already. You think why can I not just remember them in my head or in a review without actually keeping the bottles. The truth is, I kinda like to see the bottles now and again. If Ive had a particularly crap day or I'm drinking a howler of a beer they help to keep the faith that its not all bad. Bottles like Atlantic IPA look good too, and quite frankly at £9 a 330ml I want something to show for it apart from memories.


See even some Brewdog snuck in my suitcase to France

Don't get me wrong, I don't just finish the bottles and let them stack up. They are washed, dried and if I remember to keep the cap, I recap them too. I realise that my collection in France will have to go soon, which I'm quite sad about. Nevertheless, collection at home is slowly growing too and I have no plans to chuck them soon.

Basically the whole point of this post is for someone, anyone, to tell me they do the same......PLEASE! Im not mad. Honest!

2 comments:

  1. Hey I *did* do the same, for about 10 years - not every bottle, but if it had been a particularly great beer or wine that I didn't want to forget the details of, or a very pretty label, or something like that - the Hickory Switch porter I kept as it had a rather naughtily suggestive label in an off-kilter way. But I moved house in August, from a 3-bed house with garage (which I was using as my 'beer cellar') to a flat, and needed to downsize. So, I got my partner to take good quality photos of all the bottles, then remove them - so I didn't have to do it. Then I had a BrewDog tasting night at my new flat and kept those bottles for 2 months ... just put them in recycling today (inc. the Atlantic IPA bottle). Now, the only ones I've kept are my Westvleteren - 2 empties, 2 to go. But I have developed a habit of photo-cataloguing things instead now - takes up less space and is less obviously 'odd' to visitors ...

    So, you have my empathies!

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