100 bottles of beer on the wall

An overly-decorated beer card

My apologies for the blurriness of this photo, but considering it’s of a beer card and I took the photo at a bar after having a few of these beers, I think it’s appropriate. Artistic, even? Ha, I won’t go there…

This isn’t my beer card; it’s Chris’. I’m not the one finishing the beer club at Pauley’s in Athens; he is.

Perhaps I should back up a little. This isn’t the only bar in America that has beer clubs; I know the concept is probably all-too-familiar. But this is the first one I’ve ever participated in. I don’t live in Athens but I visit often enough that I decided to give it a shot.

For me it started the day after Halloween, on a quiet night (I think UGA was playing in Florida, so the whole town was one state south). Chris, Shana and I were the only people in the entire bar that night. Our bartender was friendly and fun, and the music was good, the company was good, so we were having a good time anyway. I heard of the beer club the first time this night – figured I wouldn’t join. But John the bartender explained 2 things that convinced me otherwise: 1) it’s free, and 2) there’s no deadline. Chris had joined two days prior, and Shana signed up at the same time I did.

Then we decided to dance on the bar, but that’s a whole other story …

For the record, the bartender is changing the music, not bored as some have suggested ...
For the record, the bartender is changing the music, not bored as some have suggested ...

The tricky part about drinking 100 beers is you might have to drink some you don’t like. The key seems to be to mix it up – Chris’ favorites are IPAs, and he drank them all first, then complained about what was left. I don’t want to make that mistake.

Chris also decided to start decorating his beer card, which started small but has ended up with close to 100% coverage, as you see above. There are some good memories recorded on that card …

It’s now June, and I’m probably 30-something beers into my list, a number I’m actually pleasantly surprised to have accomplished considering I don’t live here.

Chris is at beer number 95, however, which means tonight is the big finish! Everyone that frequents the bar is teasing him – they all finished long ago. But I am proud – 100 beers can be a costly endeavor, especially at this bar that features some pretty high-quality beers; some are as expensive as $9 apiece.

Apparently with the last 3 beers they mix them all together in a goblet with some whiskey. Gross. And I’m really wishing I hadn’t forgotten my camera to record his face after he drinks that cocktail. He’s invited everyone he knows; we’ll all be there to cheer him on as he joins the others on the wall of accomplishment.

So, cheers to Chris! Tonight is your night.