2017 Drinking statistics

All year long, I have been charting what I have drunk (beer-wise) and reporting in on occasion with some figures.

Now here are my final results for 2017….

Overall Numbers
Ounces drunk per week
2017 was 189.67 compared to 204.31 for 2016. My target was 190 and I snuck under the wire with a decrease of 14.64. The next goal will be more modest, hoping to lop off another 5 ounces. The end goal (currently) is to bring my drinking down to 175 for both weight and liver health reasons.

The High Week was 267 with the low being 160.5 and there were only 15 weeks where I was over the 200 ounce mark.

ABV per week
On average the ABV finished at 6.59% for 2017 with it weighted between 6.41% and 6.67%. There was an outlier 6.03% and five in the higher 6.80 to 6.94% range but all in the 6% average range. The lowest ABV week was 5.11% at the start of the year and 8.59% as an individual high at the end of the year. 2016 average was higher at 6.74%.

Diving into the particulars, my top 5 breweries by ounces drunk were as follows:
1. El Segundo – 581 (includes collaborations they bottled)
2. Eagle Rock – 508
3. Firestone Walker – 475.4 (includes Barrelworks)
4. Stone Brewing – 409.7
5. Sierra Nevada – 406

Five of my top 10 were L.A. based, six if you count Firestone Walker and all but one were California except for New Belgium which was a surprise to me. Other surprises were how little Beachwood beers I drank to the point where I had more Hopworks Organic beers from Portland.

356 vs 504. The latter were classified as IPA, Sours and barrel aged which made up a mere 58.6% of beers drunk. I so thought that I was too far tilted to IPA world for that number to be under 70%. So this result makes me happy.

Drinking Stats for 2016

Since April, I have been keeping a basic set of beer drinking statistics. Not 100% coverage of all that I drank during the year, but a pretty good deep dive into what I have been pouring into my pint, tulip and other glassware.

Maybe it was seeing the numbers that started a self-fulfilling prophecy but pretty quickly the numbers in the (3) columns (ounces drunk, ABV and cost) collected to an average that did not deviate much.

Within three weeks, the weekly amount drunk settled into a range between 204-208. The high week was 288 and the low 163. The average ABV was even more constricted into an under 1/2 percentage range from 6.51% to 6.99%. The high ABV week was 8.96% with the low clocking in at 5.19%. Dollars spent per week was where the widest gulf was found going from $49.90 to $62.86 from Week 5 to Week 29. The low week was $31.75 and the high was $136.00.

Overall the average amount consumed was 204.31 at an average ABV of 6.74% spending $60.95 a week to do so.

Also, in utilizing my Excel skills, I was able to rank the breweries that I most drank from. Yes, it includes samplers but this list is meant to analyze more who I reached for than just quantity.

Eagle Rock 25 They are my closest brewery. No shock here.
Stone 24 Usually bought at Trader Joe’s
Firestone Walker 24 A blog favorite plus, Luponic Distortion
Mumford 22 Obviously my DTLA pick
Sierra Nevada 18 Beer Camp and Oktoberfest
Highland Park 17 I would have thought this would be higher
El Segundo 15 Day 1 releases, ’nuff said
Lagunitas 13 Tour of Azusa plant basically
Brewyard 10 My Glendale brewery. Will be more next year
The Bruery 10 Kind of surprise, cost should have impacted

I will keep you updated on how 2017 shakes out. Already pumping data into the new spreadsheet.