I started drinking good beer with complete naivete about a decade ago. Just buying and drinking, pairing with food, getting some cool glasses, really just enjoying it. Soon after I discovered a community of other people who enjoyed more than your standard supermarket discount case of beer. What a world opened up that was full of information and wonderful people. The one downside was a growing insight into beers that I may never get to drink. The list of beer that I never thought I would get a sip of kept growing but something interesting happened. At an apex, slowly but surely the list started shrinking and I was finding myself quaffing ales I thought were surely no longer in existence. This was due in large part to the greatest people in the world, alcoho... I mean beer lovers. People who wanted nothing more but to share their passions and hobbies with those of like mind. Eventually, I learned that no beer, no matter how old or rare was out of reach. Eventually, it would come across my smiling face. I want to underscore that it is not the beer that I am most impressed with, on the other hand the beer was often disappointing, but it is the people behind the beer. I consider these people some of the best individuals I have ever met (you know who you are). The point is I think I finally drank the last beer that I thought I may never get to drink, so here is a pic of me making out with a bottle of Samuel Adams Millennium.
Another generous beer lover shared this at a recent hedonistic beer orgy (Ratebeer Winter Gathering). Thanks Brad for sharing this awesomeness. Only about 3,000 bottles of Samuel Adams Millennium were produced and each is signed and
numbered by Jim Koch, the founder of Sam Adams. A bottle of Samuel Adams Millennium costs about two hundred dollars when it was first released. This particular box now also bares the signature of son of Gravedigger.