New Year's Beer Resolutions for 2017

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  1. DLang713

    DLang713 Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2012 New Jersey

    With the new year fast approaching, does anybody have any beer related resolutions for 2017?

    I'll start with mine: The overall goal is to drink and buy much less in general (party pooper, I know). More concretely, I plan to
    1. Take three nonconsecutive months off with no alcohol at all,
    2. Buy only < 7% ABV beers (exceptions: any Carton or Kane releases that I deem worthy haha), and
    3. Buy no bombers and no 750 mL bottles (with same exception as above for my local guys).
    4. Stop ticking / Uninstalling Untappd.

    I hope this will spark a healthier relationship with beer for me. I had started to notice some of the unpleasant side effects (weight gain, trouble sleeping) of overindulging in high octane beers, all of which reversed upon drinking less and lower ABV. Plus this will give me an opportunity to discover/rediscover the German style lagers that got me off of Miller Lite in the first place.
  2. StoutElk_92

    StoutElk_92 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,589) Oct 30, 2015 Massachusetts

    I'm going to make an attempt to buy less beer, and put quality over quantity. I'll sample a year-round beer but don't want to buy it unless it's new, or can at least age since I have way too many beers to drink right now. I wish the beers came in smaller format so I could try more beers and drink them all fresh. I feel like I'm backed up by a few months. Fortunately I can buy singles of most beer I get, with the option of also buying a pack. I would like to get more into the traditional German and Belgian styles too.
  3. aasher

    aasher Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana

    I'm currently at 553 different breweries and I'd like to eclipse 600 by the end of 2017.

    I also plan on taking the Advanced Cicerone exam sometime this year.
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  4. bubseymour

    bubseymour Grand Pooh-Bah (4,374) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    < consumption of pedestrian store bought beers
    > homebrew consumption
    = local onsite brewery consumption
    = trade beers (2-3 trades a year is all I need)
    = beercation consumption/muling home quality beer from distant places
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  5. Victory_Sabre1973

    Victory_Sabre1973 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,179) Sep 15, 2015 Minnesota
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    Just to keep doing what I'm doing: Have fun. Enjoy new beers when I travel. Relax more when doing it.


    Forgot to add - visit Lazy Monk Brewery for the first time. Revisit Valkyrie. Try to visit New Garus. Visit more breweries in Minnesota.
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  6. Blinkyoureyes

    Blinkyoureyes Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2015 Tennessee

    i would like to get my average beers consumed in one week down a bit from 70 to about 60.
  7. Blinkyoureyes

    Blinkyoureyes Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2015 Tennessee


    I would like to go back to Asheville and visit Oskar Blues & SN this time.
    I plan to visit some more great breweries as well, such as Westbrook, Creature Comforts, Parish, but in conjunction with already planned trips.
  8. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,069) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    My New Years resolution to continue my streak and never waiting in a line to buy beer.

    While I have a sense of appreciation of the Extreme Exuberance that contemporary craft beer drinkers sometimes exhibit but this whole thing about waiting in lines (sometimes for hours) is really getting the craft beer scene 'out of whack'.

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  9. seahawksandbassguitar

    seahawksandbassguitar Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2016 Washington

    I want to explore into Belgian beers and styles. I've been drinking craft/micro beer for 7-8 years and still haven't really gotten into or tried many Belgians.

    Try to hit up more local breweries, including Portland.
  10. Sound_Explorer

    Sound_Explorer Pooh-Bah (2,608) Dec 29, 2013 Washington

    Will be drinking less when I do drink and drink less often, getting too expensive and too hungover the morning after.

    Go to a select couple of festivals, especially in the summer months.

    Try a new area in my home state of WA for brewery visits.

    Drink up some of my stored beers that are getting too numerous (soooo many boxes!).

    Plan a beercation for 2018 and use the money saved from less beer to help pay for most if not all of the trip. Maybe to NC, perhaps the SW, or even Great Lakes areas.
  11. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Your folding chair does it for you. :wink:
  12. Shanex

    Shanex Grand Pooh-Bah (4,244) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    The OP has some good points and I'm also growing an embarrassing beer belly (slight beer belly).

    Quit or taper off the heavy/strong stuff, anything above 10% doesn't make me feel great the following day. And I too don't aways sleep well because of that.
    3 months without beer only implies the OP, I just cannot. 3 days is good enough.
    More IPAs especially American ones. Between 6-9%. There are a lot I haven't tasted yet.
  13. invertalon

    invertalon Pooh-Bah (1,963) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    Personally, I plan to avoid buying any big beers all together, especially BBA stouts. I have a decent amount in the cellar and don't drink them often enough. As delicious as they can be, I am far more into lighter ABV stuff like lagers, pale ales and IPA's (sub 8%) these days. Simplicity sometimes is a beautiful thing. This year, my homebrew focus is also going to be more German inspired, so I will be brewing more pilsners, helles lagers, dunkel's, etc... So that will help. They are styles I love and it's nice that you can easily enjoy a few pints with little effect.

    Secondly... Going back to tried and true classics when I buy beer versus just buying every new beer to market. Lately I been picking up Prima Pils and Head Hunter for example and it's been really nice. I want to continue on with it and care less about trying new stuff all the time and just enjoying those beers I already love that you can find practically anywhere.

    Lastly, when going to new breweries not feeling like I have to "flight" out the entire menu to try everything they have. Instead, picking a few of the most appealing options and enjoying the entire pint start to finish to really get the full enjoyment out of the beer. This is a bad habit I am determined to break in 17'!
  14. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,069) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Or I suppose I could bring a children's chair like some dude did for a Tired Hands release!?!:rolling_eyes:

  15. Zoomslowik

    Zoomslowik Savant (1,004) Mar 17, 2016 Illinois

    1) Try to take January and February off from beer purchases. I know I'll make some exceptions, but my wallet needs a rest and my cellar is expanding too fast (I've added almost 40 bottles since November :grimacing:).

    2) Go to a release at Side Project. I visited once and loved it, but I want to bring some home too. I haven't been able to get the timing right for to-go beers. It may be a little easier with the new brewery being open on Sundays.

    3) This one is a little tougher depending on work schedule, but I want to go Wednesday-Sunday in Boston/Vermont and hit as many of the vaunted breweries as possible. Sunday would be driving home since I would buy way too much beer to bring it all on the plane.
  16. Squire

    Squire Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi

    I resolve to drink only higher quality in greater quantity.
  17. rozzom

    rozzom Pooh-Bah (2,534) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    Crackadvocate - I'm going to stop smoking crack

    Cigaretteadvocate - I'm going to stop smoking cigarettes

    Beeradvocate - I'm going to stop buying big BA beers and drink through my cellar
  18. MFMB

    MFMB Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2015 Idaho

    Wife and I are training for a marathon starting the second week of January. My "Plan" is to cut out booze for the duration of our training :slight_frown: so for three months I'll be dry :slight_frown: (maybe I'll sneak one or 2) I have 3 weeks to drink down the beer fridge tho so I will enjoy it. On a good note the wife is close to her Boston qualifier time so that is her goal and if she qualifies then that means a Beercation for me to New England! My goals arnt as high, I just hope to finish in one piece.

    Cheers BAs
  19. gopens44

    gopens44 Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia

    Reduce cellar by about 50%

    Come up with a realistic drinking reduction plan - like coordinating "cheat days" on a diet with NBS and load up on metabolism speeders before and after drinking (looking to combat that alcohol weight loss sabotage)

    Pick at least ten beers reviewed in my first year on BA and re-review them

    Do SOMETHING with all the breweriana crap I've stashed over the years.....labels, caps, etched bottles....
  20. Crim122

    Crim122 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 North Carolina

    Buy more directly from local breweries. And visit more local breweries.

    Try to make it to Vermont

    Drink less, I feel like I'll have been in my fridge that I don't really like but I'll drink it since it's there.

    Along with drinking less. Focus more on quality and not quantity.

    Try to not wild out and hunt so many limited releases.
  21. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,978) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    With a potential visit to Europe for a few months in the fall, I am hoping to visit a bunch of new breweries and expand my beer horizons. Before that, I must buy less and drink down the cellar some more. I successfully cut it down quite a bit this past year (last year's resolution), but I plan to continue!
  22. rgordon

    rgordon Pooh-Bah (2,605) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I've drastically cut my beer intake, I'm down to college freshman basketball weight (differently configured, with small ice cream pooch), I sleep way better than in years, I walk with my wife and dogs 4 miles a day, I read and write voraciously, but I vow to take my wife to England, stay a few days in London, rent a car, then drive all over England, Wales, and Scotland visiting cool pubs, staying in nice places, and trying some damned local beers! I have friends in Canterbury, York, Cardiff, and Edinburgh, and want to see Cornwall and Stonehenge one more time.
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  23. cryptichead

    cryptichead Grand Pooh-Bah (3,541) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    Drink at the same rate (usually 3-4 days a week), while not gaining weight or dropping a few pounds. This might require eating less, or exercising more. Haven't figured out which one yet.
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  24. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,509) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    1. Stop drinking beer anywhere from a month to a week before my races. It would just depend on my goals for that race. I'll plan on going sober the month leading up to a triathlon in May and again in July if I don't qualify for nationals. I'll probably do two weeks leading up to my first half marathon (which also the first race on my calendar this year). I have about 5 races on my calendar right now, with an additional 2 pending on my performances. Fortunately, no races during stout season :slight_smile:

    2. Try more amber and brown ales. Still don't have many of these under my belt.

    3. Continue slimming down my cellar and being much more picky with what goes in there. After all, I'll be moving sometime in 2017 or 2018.

    4. Form a beer budget. I'm buying my first real car here soon, and accruing some more expenses. I'll have to actually maintain a budget with much slimmer wiggle room now.

    Bonus: Build my liquor cabinet. Right now it's all bourbons. I just bought my first rye. I'd like to add a vodka or two and some gin, as well as, some more whiskeys for a better selection. I need to pick up more mixer items as well.
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  25. Kozaka

    Kozaka Maven (1,442) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    My beer resolution is to remain true to the styles I love. Recently got away from my usual keg of Schlenkerla Marzen and bottles of Spaten for a two month bender of NE IPAs. While I enjoyed many, the ABV and "juice" characteristics eventually overwhelmed.
  26. Celtics76

    Celtics76 Pooh-Bah (1,707) Sep 5, 2011 Rhode Island

    Once I'm done drinking down my current stock in late Jan/Early Feb, my goal is focus on beers <8% ABV. I'm always drawn to the higher octane stuff, but I find overall I enjoy the lighter stuff a little more. Occasional exceptions (Bourbon County) but that's about it.
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  27. skleice

    skleice Maven (1,259) Aug 6, 2015 Connecticut

    I've always been a 'quality over quantity' guy, but it's become 'quality AND quantity' lately. Time to pull back a little bit for the sake of my health and wallet.

    I'd also like to continue exploring new styles. 2016 has been great for finding a love for wild ales, various Belgian styles, Gose, Berliner, etc.
  28. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona

    In 2017 I am looking forward to exploring a lot of new beers and also attempting to age a few to see how I like them over time. I also want to try some new styles, etc. In the mean time I need to do 2016 justice and drink it out correctly, lol.
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  29. lic217

    lic217 Pooh-Bah (1,994) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    Only one, do not become an alcoholic...
  30. Eamonn-Cummings3

    Eamonn-Cummings3 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2014 New York

    Enjoy some beers from my cellar, can't wait forever to try them.
  31. SABERG

    SABERG Grand Pooh-Bah (4,495) Sep 16, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Work through some of the basement collection,
    continous improvement of home brewing.
    Cheers all
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  32. dripa8

    dripa8 Zealot (571) Sep 19, 2014 Kansas

    In 2017 I need to save money, so am going back to the well priced basics. A sixer of the new sierra Nevada tropical torpedo and a sixer of whatever is in season with lagunitas per week should keep me under $25 a week. Then throw in a few interesting singles per month and I'll be right around where I want to be.
  33. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    I'm going to stop buying big stouts/quads for the sole purpose of cellaring them

    I'm going to get my hand on some Tree House/Trillium and other celebrated NE IPAs

    I'm going to hit 750 beers rated/reviewed on this site
  34. azurel

    azurel Initiate (0) May 27, 2016 Michigan

    For 2017 I want to hit more Michigan breweries(Transient, Tapestry) do a New Holland tour and a few that are closer to Michigan like Three Floyds.

    More home brewing and some experimental brews. Possibly get to where we (brother/stepfather) produce something worthy to enter some compitions this year. We developed a few last year that have some major promise.

    I'm pretty satisfied with weekly/monthy expenditures on beer from the bottle shop. Although, I have as 2016 has been winding down I have passed on more then, I have bought as far as new beers...Expect that trend to continue for 2017.

    The first 2 points are the biggest for me for 2017....
  35. aquabears

    aquabears Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2016 Connecticut

    Explore more styles (i.e. less IPA/IIPA). It is too easy to wind up with a refrigerator full of IPAs when you live in New England. Not that I am complaining.
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  36. foundersasap

    foundersasap Maven (1,381) Feb 2, 2015 Michigan

    Try to keep it to a 12 pack a week. I've been adding too many cellar beers which never seem to get drank. Cellar is at 125 in two years and while I do enjoy the big beers, they are getting dusty. Enjoy more of the classics like SNPA, Two Hearted..., don't need to get every release.
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  37. woodchipper

    woodchipper Grand Pooh-Bah (3,059) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    Like a lot of people already in this thread, I am going to cut back but jack up the quality. Trying to go through January + with no beer M-Th and only a "few" on weekend days. Mostly this is just part of a broader plan to lose some weight.
    Planning our beercation to be either Portland OR, or Austin next year.
    Also plan to try to visit breweries within an hour of my house that I have not been to yet as well as revisit the best ones that I have been to.
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  38. Jay_P22

    Jay_P22 Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2016 Virginia

    I already instituted this change, but I stopped drinking beer Mon-Thursday.

    I plan on seeing my Giants play in Wrigley this year so I want to visit 3 Floyd's. I also want to visit Tired Hands this year.

    Other than that, no plans. I will continue to buy what I want and drink quality beer. It's flipping is supposed to be fun.
  39. Oktoberfiesta

    Oktoberfiesta Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2013 New Mexico

    I like where OP is thinking.

    -Stop the chase. Stop the reading of FB posts on releases, and UT checkins. UNPLUG. If I read release news ASAP, I need to stop, sleep on it for a day or two. Then in a couple days time, if there is no craving for it, I obviously didnt need it or feel I really HAD to have it.
    -Drink more shelf beer
    -Stop thinking and do more drinking. Not every beer has to be critiqued or analyzed.
    -Along the lines of points 2 and 3,I want to stop giving par or mediocre breweries business. $5 pints @ 2-3 a trip are definitely fun times, as I'm doing more drinking than thinking. But there needs to be a cost analysis. Would I have been better spending that $16 on two six packs of established beers that I should re try (SABL for example).
    -I've done good this year about buying less bombers than ever before, but the re connection with shelf beer needs to be established this year
  40. storm72

    storm72 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2010 Illinois

    I have two main resolutions.

    - Focus on supporting my local breweries. My area is doing quite well for its size with local beer. There's some very solid to excellent beer being brewed here and at generally very reasonable prices. I need to do more of my part to help keep this up.

    - In my own brewing, going back to basics with simple recipes and becoming more familiar with various and new ingredients. I plan to mostly brew SMaSHes in the vein of various styles I like. The experimental aspect of homebrewing is the part of the hobby I most love besides drinking the end product, so it only makes sense for me to do this.
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