Why Didn’t I Think of This?

tbcYou gotta hand it to Scott over at the Brew Club – he’s come up with a killer way to try new beers.  It sounds simple, but in that simplicity lies its genius.  It goes something like this:

  1. Find five other people at work who like beer.  If you work at an office with more than four other people, this should be doable and you’ll wind up with a six participants.
  2. Pick a day where all six people each bring in one six pack of beer.  So now you have 6 six packs of different beers. Hopefully it’s good stuff, but it doesn’t have to be.  The only hard and fast rule is no repeats.
  3. Hand all 6 six packs off to the Mix Master, who shuffles the beers, putting one of each type into a newly-mixed pack of six.
  4. Each participant now has six beers to try, five of which he or she may never have tasted without the help of the Brew Club.


As you can see, this is an awesome club to be part of and a really good idea.  Once everyone tries the beers, some of them (mostly Scott) post reviews over on BrewClub.com, and do a good job of breaking down what’s nice or nasty about each particular beer.  By reading along, you can participate even if you can’t find five friends to share beer with (which is kind of sad. You should get out more).

I’m proud to say that this great idea originated here in the Garden State – that’s right, New Jersey, baby!  Scott is a fellow Jersian and we’ve become blog buddies since Don and I launched BW&B.  As a sign of our growing allegiance, Scott has posted (or will be) a feature about BW&B as a part of his series on New Jersey bloggers.  Check it out to find out what makes us tick (I’ll give you a hint: it’s beer and whiskey!).

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7 Comments on “Why Didn’t I Think of This?”

  1. October 7, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

    Ha! Love the cartoon and I ‘get it’ Jim! Guys, thanks so much for working w/ us on this little project. It’s been good getting to know you a bit, and its been great reading your work. Keep it up!

    • Don
      October 7, 2009 at 2:06 pm #


      Thanks so much for coming up with the Jersey blogger series idea. I think the more connected we all are the more successful we will all be. Thanks again, and I’ll be looking for that review of Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale! 😉

  2. October 7, 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    I’m am proud to say that I’m a member of The Brew Club & a fellow Jersian as well (go Jerz!)… Thanks for showing the TBC some love in this post. I think what you guys are doing is awesome… And the stories you tell along with your posts are great… It’s good to see some blogs with personality and stories and just boring content. Keep up the great work guys… Once again go Jersey & Booze! 🙂

    • Jim
      October 7, 2009 at 2:17 pm #

      Thanks for the encouragement, Liz. The best part of blogging so far (still waiting for fame and glory) has been getting to know our fellow beer and whiskey bloggers. It has made me realize how much I have to learn about beer, which is exciting. There’s a lot yet to discover!

    • Don
      October 7, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

      That goes for me too Liz! I too thought I knew something about Whiskey, and I did but what I know could fill a shot glass, and there are rikkhouses full of information out there! But I too have really enjoyed this journey, and I feel like the James Taylor Song Sweet Baby James “with 10 miles behind me and 10,000 more to go”!


  3. October 8, 2009 at 12:20 am #

    Don, you’ll be the first to know when the veggie beer (shivers) review gets published! Other than your odd taste in pumpkin ales, I agree with all you’ve said above. A little community is a great thing!

    Also, I see Liz has been by. She’s the one responsible for The Brew Club cartoons. She’s also great to make fun of and is easy to crush in Fantasy Football.

    • Don
      October 8, 2009 at 4:56 am #


      Veggie beer just sounds gross. I just had two fingers of WL Weller Special Reserve, and perhaps I am a little more queezy than normal, but that really sounds disgusting. However, I still think the Buffalo Bills Pumpkin Ale was well crafted and refreshing, not like some hop infused stir fry. So I will be very interested to hear your take on the most refreshing pumpkin ale I have ever had! Also the only pumpkin ale I have ever had!


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