A beer challenge between mates

ACCEPTING THE CHALLENGE: The Bundaberg Beer Drinking Champions' president Ross Walker with the beer of choice for the week. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
ACCEPTING THE CHALLENGE: The Bundaberg Beer Drinking Champions' president Ross Walker with the beer of choice for the week. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

IF YOU walk into the Tattersalls Hotel on a Friday afternoon, to your right you will see hundreds of international beers lined along the wall and to your left, six men who have proudly tried and tested every single one.

Ross Walker and five of his best mates created the 50 Beers in a Year challenge which they have been participating in since 2010.

"It is a way for us to keep in touch and gives us a regular time to meet instead of just relying on people turning up when they can. Everyone comes along and we have a beer, a different one each week," he said.

"The basic idea is to drink 50 types of international beer in 50 weeks, with a two-week break in the year."

Mr Walker said it was his job as beer challenge prevailer to supply a different beer each week for the men when they meet up at the Tattersalls Hotel.

"When the local distributors run out, I get the beer off the internet," he said.

"We have had beers from just about every country you could mention."

From Germany to Australia, Spain to America, Mr Walker said each beer had its own unique taste.

"My favourite beer, well I couldn't tell you. There are so many that I like," he said.

"I have found that I haven't had a bad beer in a green bottle. It might have to do with the chemistry in the fermentation process, I don't know."

When it comes to the bad, Mr Walker said there had been one beer in particular that left a nasty taste. "The worst one? Well we went out and patched the road with it. It was like bitumen. It was a stout that was so thick we had to wait five minutes for it to run out of the bottle," he said

The challenge will mark its 250th beer in April next year, and every one of those beers so far have been recorded in a special book.

"We keep a tome so we have an accurate record and so that we know how many beers we have had," he said.

"We then log all of that information onto our own website database."

But what if the group run out of beers to drink?

"That won't ever happen," Mr Walker said.

"We will never run out of beers because someone is always inventing a new one."

The challenge is between best mates Ross Walker, Rex Webb-Pullman, Dave Cutler, Nigel Dickenson, Merv Green and Kerry McGuire.

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