The beer itself - Atlantic 'Gold' in the Catford Bridge Tavern - was pretty much of a muchness: a 4.6% golden ale with the (not overwhelming) addition of ginger.
But that's not the point. (The point is I'm fucking great; Go me!!!)
OK, I know that there are plenty of tickers who have reached 10,000, 20,000 and more. I met an old guy recently who was claiming a tally somewhere north of 35,000.
But I don't feel particularly despondent in the face of any such cock-waving because very few of these tickers insist on having a full pint of each beer. Most drink halves or thirds and some count a beer even if they just have a tiny sip of the stuff.
Furthermore, there are quite a few people who count keg, bottled and maybe even canned beers in addition to real ales.
|One small sip for Ben...|
Hundreds and Thousands
It's only really been in the last few years that I've really upped my game. Time was when I'd go weeks without getting any new beers at all, drinking the same old beers over and over. Sometimes not very good beers either.
Last night's big milestone came exactly 364 days after my 4000th, so 1000 in a year is pretty good by any standards.
To put this in context, My 3000th was in January 2010, my 2000th was about six years ago, and my 1000th was way back in 2001!
I'm still not as obsessive about it as some.
Last week I met a few 'normal' friends for a drink. The beer selection was rubbish so I just drank London Pride all evening.
When we got off the plane on Sunday after flying back from Moscow the first thing on my mind was to grab a couple of pints in the Gatwick Wetherspoons.
No ticks there, but a cool pint of Dark Star Hophead in surprisingly ace condition went down superbly. I wasn't about to walk out and go in search of a pub with 'winners'. (I did get several later in the evening having slaked my post-flight thirst though.)
So, well done Ben! And if you want to see my beer records up close in all their massive glory or were just wondering what my 3333rd pint was or what I was drinking on Boxing Day 2004 - go right ahead!
I'll blog about the food and drink in Moscow in the next couple of days. Maybe when I've got to 5010 pints...