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|This FAQ will help you to better understand what the BrewPalace is all about, and a bit about its history and its construction. It also explains how the beers are rated, and what the rules for the BrewPalace collection are.|
The BrewPalace began years ago as note taking and bottle tracking device for an extensive beer bottle collection. Instead of simply collecting the bottle, I have created what has become a very large database of the beers that I've had and the bottles they come in. I capture very detailed information about Companies, Beers, and Bottles, and can provide statistical information regarding the information I've captured. With a lot of time on my hands, I have taken the bottle collection and its database to the next level, where it is now called The BrewPalace.
The BrewPalace's goals are a bit different than the humble beginnings of the original collection. The BrewPalace aims to be a place for the exchange and organization of beer information among beer fans. Sometimes I'm able to kick off the discussions by adding his insight, but the rest is up to the beer lovers to provide their perspectives.
Note that this site is not intended to be the be-all of beer knowledge; far from it, it is intended to capture a good amount of information on each of the bottles, beers and companies that I have in my collection. If I don't have a bottle by a brewery, then you won't see any information on it in the database.
The BrewPalace and the Bottle collection are entirely sampled by me in CA. This site is entirely developed and maintained by me (although poorly at times). Since I'm no longer 22 anymore, doing more than 150 new bottles per year is a bit difficult, particularly since I want to keep my weight down a bit.
One of the foundations of The BrewPalace is the extensive Bottle collection. The bottle collection has been my main hobby since 1994, growing to consume every available square foot of wall space in The BrewPalace. Although The BrewPalace is referred to by some as a "condo", it is in fact much more than a dwelling. Every bottle is displayed on wooden shelves, spread throughout the rooms and hallways of the palace.
Mst bottle collectors have some rules governing their collection; here are mine:
I follow a simple rating guideline, not one of the fancy ones by professional beer tasters. I think by rating a beer relative to the ideal of its style assumes that all styles of beer are equally good. I am not so giving. I rate the beer using an absolute scale, as shown below. Factors such as color and aroma are meaningless to how good a beer is, and I they are not considered anywhere in The BrewPalace. Note that my ratings will show a bias towards sweeter, fuller beers as opposed to Pilsners and Lagers.
|5.0||A truly wonderful and perfect beer.|
|4.5||Excellent, but something is just keeping it from being a 5 star beer.|
|4.0||Good enough that I would want to buy and drink a six pack of during a week or so. In other words, I wouldn't get sick of it.|
|3.5||Good, but not quite enough that I would want to drink a six pack of it in one week.|
|3.0||Nothing special, fairly average|
|2.5||Slightly less than average|
|2.0||Bland or minimal taste, mildly difficult to finish|
|1.5||Can barely finish the bottle|
|1.0||Can't finish the bottle|
|Release||Date Released||Major Changes|
Release devoted primarily to look and feel changes.
|1.5 BrewPalace Initial Release||3/4/2001||
|1.0 Initial Release||2/1/2001||