Rollin’ Golden Pub - 2015

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After 2014’s wondrous success of the Rollin’ Golden Pub, there was no doubt that it must keep on rollin’.  For any who might suspect that a rollin’ golden pub would present a significant insurance risk, not to mention a public hazard, you would be correct.  However, the RGP is simply a vehicle for sharing Captureassorted brews, offering, most typically, a platform from which to pour (the tailgate) and, in adverse weather, provide shelter from the storm.  Truly, there  is no mobility involved, until the present property owner becomes alert to their increased premises risk, at which point the RGP will roll on.

Rather than immediately delving into the details,  a statistical review may first be helpful to shed light on past experience and provide a predictive path forward.


  2014 2015
# of Pub Visits 12 15
# of Beers Sampled 34 63
Avg Alcohol % 8.6% 8.4%
Ratebeer Avg 98.5 97.1
BeerAdvocate Avg 94 91.7
# of Brewery States 15 41
# of Foreign Beer 4 2
Ratebeer 100’s 10 17
BeerAdvocate 100’s 4 5


CEO’s everywhere should be drooling.  For an extra 25% of activity, we almost doubled (185%) our output.  Er, intake.  That is the result of planning, endurance, dedication and beer mules.  What’s that?  Beer mules.  These are people we send on buying errands as they travel.  Friends.  Coworkers.  Direct reports.  Bosses.  Get ‘er done (check the link; no sexism here!).   However, our beer mules are more like beer bees, despite their faithfulness and utility.  This comparative article shows the type of competition that the RGP faces in our acquisitions.  Yes, brethren, we need your help for 2016!

In other results, we slightly reduced our alcohol by volume (ABV) consumption.  That wasn’t intentional, but if it makes you feel better that we’re not challenging our sobriety at the conclusion of a tasting, there you go.  And, on that subject, we are savvy enough to know that it is not the ABV that is the issue.  The percentage matters, of course, but it’s the volume that may imperil us. Don’t worry! We’re professionals at managing risk, thus:

RGP Bylaws

The following are understood to be the operating principles of the RGP, an IFG (Informally Formed Group) without legal standing, to meet approximately monthly at a publicly undisclosed parking space, for the tasting, enjoyment and subsequent judgment of beers reputed to be of the very highest quality or which, in a pinch, have a really cool label.

Forthwith, RGP members shall:

1.  Limit group consumption to a total volume of 72 fluid ounces, in due regard for preventing injury to public health and civility.

2.  The presenting host member(s) are required to arrange for suitable glassware and product refrigeration for each scheduled event.  And a bottle opener.

3.  A quorum is required for a standing event to take place, a quorum being defined as more than three members but fewer than five. 

4.  As requirements for IFGs are, by definition, not well defined legally, if at all, the RGP hereby establishes that its count shall be four members, such that the quorum requirements can be met.  Such is considered fitting and appropriate so as to not overtax participants with a deluge of e-mails, conflicts, cancellations, delays, etc. etc. etc. so that such good times may be first be scheduled and then enjoyed.

Henceforth declared,

February 16, 2015 Anno Domini.

*All beers for one, one beer for all*

It should be noted that our volume limit is not always exactly 72 ounces, but any variance lies well within our unstated margin of error.

Directly related to our almost doubling of output, our average scores by the rating agencies declined somewhat.  If we pursued “the best” as a sole pursuit, our supplies would be scarce and our gatherings infrequent.  We find our results to be acceptable, as the average ratings remain within the “Excellent” range as defined by the advising authorities.  Additionally, with consideration given to the supply chain difficulties of conniving rogues (see previously linked article), we achieved an exceptional year for our beerholders.


Like so many other entities, our results also indicate an intentional effort to keep American jobs.  We cut our imports by 50% and greatly increased our domestic purchases.  Supporting “local” businesses depends on where you are, or, for our endeavors, where the brewery is located.  As such, we  applied ourselves to supporting each State within the Beer Union.  In the course of two years, through our own reconnaissance and our tireless plying of obligations from  our beer bees, we have sampled beers from 46 of our States.  Plus, the District of Columbia.  Arkansas, Nevada, South Dakota, and Wyoming… we’re coming for you.  This ambition is more difficult than the average reader may appreciate.  Our general “cut” line is a 90 score on Beer Advocate.  Certainly, we’ve enjoyed beers rated less, but some States can only get you so far.  Which begs the question:  If an almost unpopulated State like Idaho can deliver a beer with an 85 rating, what’s Tennessee’s excuse?

We demand quality.  And while the beers we tasted this year with a 100 rating from BeerAdvocate marginally increased, the Ratebeer result almost mirrored our increase in intake percentage.  Well done, troops.  And, in the course of the two years, we’ve had three of Beer Advocate’s Top 10 beers, and five of their Top 20.  In consideration of the high demand for these beers, some of which are available only at the brewery, it’s a strong achievement.  We’re golden.  Or orange.  Or, let’s just segue to Julius.  Absolutely delicious.


That then, is the summary of our annual report.  We encourage you to click on our icon below for our full calendar year results, now doubled in size from one page to two, which will open an Adobe .pdf view.


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