As noted below, the first meeting of the Society for Preservation of Beers from the Wood is this upcoming Thursday, Jan. 14th at Max's Taphouse in Fells Point. My usual arrangement is that I end up buying a membership for someone each year. It's a nice way to get new blood into the organization.
This year, I'm making it a contest: some lucky winner here will get a free membership, OR their current 2010 dues paid or reimbursed if they are already a member and/or have already paid.
Here's what you have to do:
Guess the official number of beers inventoried by Max's Taphouse as of this morning, as declared by cellarmaster Casey Hard.
Before the big debate starts, I have asked Casey to discriminate between different vintages of Thomas Hardy's Ale and other such vintage beers, and different sized bottles of Belgians, etc. but not different containers of Bud, Miller, etc. Draft counts, too. If you can walk in and order it, it counts. Casey's number will be the sole and final verdict (however, if he hands me a number in six figures, I'm going to ask for an inventory print-out, of course).
Because I think there's going to be a lot of wild guessing, I'm going to make one more rule: I want at least ten guesses before I award a winner. If this means I delay past Thursday's meeting, so be it. Also, the winner will have to go to the SPBW website and fill out a membership form, attend the meeting (or a subsequent one) and introduce himself or herself to me, and meet any membership requirements or restrictions as set forth by the SPBW (long-time SPBW members may start laughing hard now).
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