Couple tries 25,000 different beers over 35 years

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Mike Gwilliam, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:20 PM ET

A couple's search for great beer was never intended to be a global journey spanning 35 years. They insist it just got way out of hand.

Their quest began in 1979, and by the early 1990s Bob and Ellie Tupper's love of beer had led them to take notes on more than 6,000 brews. At this point they had a sense on what was a quality product.

The couple told ABC that they were approached by Old Dominion Brew Co. to develop their ideal ale: Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale. It won a gold medal at the 1997 Great American Beer Festival.

As the Washington City Paper reported, the couple's 25,000th beer was a 7.9% alcohol rye pale ale packed with American hops. They brewed it themselves and called it Tuppers' 25K. The release party for the beer was held at the Lost Rhino Brewing Co. in Ashburn, Va., on July 2.

What's next for the duo? More beer. They're in the process of writing a book on European beer travel.


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