How many different beers are there?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by dathilde, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. dathilde

    dathilde Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2017 France

    I've seen there were around 90 000 beers reviewed on Beer Advocate in 2013 ; how many are there now ? It's kinda difficult to find this figure... Thanks !
  2. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,598) Aug 23, 1996 California

    On BA? We're now listing nearly 300,000 beers. In the world? There are tens of thousands of breweries, so I'd have to guess that there are well over a million individual beer brands being brewed each year.
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  3. MikeP64

    MikeP64 Initiate (154) Jan 24, 2015 South Carolina

    Now...How many GOOD beers are there??
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  4. Shanex

    Shanex Champion (833) Dec 10, 2015 France

    For some of us beer snobs looking for whalez, only 250. You know where to find them - on BA that is.
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  5. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,317) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Too many to count, with all the new ones created daily its impossible to say for sure.
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  6. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (1,979) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    So much to do, so little time.
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  7. Shanex

    Shanex Champion (833) Dec 10, 2015 France

    I trust the current progress in medecine, maybe by 2500, people will live forever, and therefore could drink 1 million beer. :wink:
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  8. marquis

    marquis Crusader (746) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    How times change. When I began drinking in the UK around 1960 it would have been possible to sample a pint of every brew in the country. Most just offered a Mild and bitter and possibly a Best Bitter too. Not counting bottled beer, just what was available by the pint.
  9. Dweedlebug

    Dweedlebug Disciple (331) Feb 28, 2012 Pennsylvania

    2. Ales and Lagers. :wink:
  10. RaphaelSC

    RaphaelSC Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2013 Brazil

    I'm amazed by the 300.000 beers listed here that number is about 10 times more brands than I would guess in my wildest dreams, but more incredible is your guessing that there are a million brands out there, this number is amazing and overwhelmingly.
  11. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (1,979) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Even faced with such tremendous odds we must soldier forth doing our part to keep consumption apace with production.
  12. Wiffler27

    Wiffler27 Meyvn (1,263) Aug 16, 2009 New Jersey

    How many grains of sand?

    You will never try every single beer in the world. It's a disappointing yet fascinating idea
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  13. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (6,624) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Hence come forth new beers of the world...

    For I must slay thee!
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  14. machalel

    machalel Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2012 Australia

    As in now? 4,597,702

    As in all time? 194,007,255.5
  15. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,040) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota

    I suspect a person could not even keep up with all of the new beers coming out daily, at least not if you plan to keep that liver. Fun to think about such things - for instance you'd be quite rich if you somehow obtained all the coins lost daily in the US.
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  16. Junior

    Junior Disciple (316) May 23, 2015 Michigan

    Just because you will not be able to sample all of the beers made, doesn't mean you cannot try.
  17. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,428) Mar 12, 2009 New York

    Reporting for duty, sir.
  18. McFinniganOfTheFinnigans

    McFinniganOfTheFinnigans Initiate (109) Apr 20, 2017 Florida

    For every beer reviewed or listed I would probably say there is a good amount not catalogued.
  19. McFinniganOfTheFinnigans

    McFinniganOfTheFinnigans Initiate (109) Apr 20, 2017 Florida

    What's the .5 one?
  20. machalel

    machalel Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2012 Australia

  21. doktorhops

    doktorhops Poo-Bah (1,639) Jan 12, 2011 Australia

    I would say any beer I've rated north of 4 out of 5 is a GOOD beer, currently that number is the top 264 out of 869, however (God willing!) that number will strive inexorably forth until the end of my time on Earth :stuck_out_tongue:
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