This came up in a wee sampling session on Monday. In terms of active Ratebeerians, is anyone as fortunate in the ease of meeting up for a sampling session, as myself, @allmyvinyl and @cgarvieuk ?
We have been able to meet up regularly over the years. This has been enabled by our geographical proximity. According to Google Maps, I live 1.4 miles from @allmyvinyl and 2.4 miles from @cgarvieuk and @allmyvinyl is only 1.7 miles from @cgarvieuk
Beyond that, @Stuu666 is within 10 miles of us.
Can any other groups of raters meet as easily as we can? Or how far away are you from your nearest Ratebeerian friend?
I have @AndyTF2 (a nephew) who is 3 miles away and we share beers on occasions (usually when he’s been over to Ireland visiting his partners family).
@minutemat is 13 miles away in Shrewsbury, he organises monthly beer exchanges, I am the only other Ratebeerian who attends, the others are all uncouth Untappd types!
There is another rater in Shrewsbury, but we don’t know each other.
@cgarvieuk is both Ratebeerian and uncouth
I believe I am that other rater in Shrewsbury, and I am both an uncouth Untappd type, and civilised RateBeer fellow! I have met @minutemat a few times, either being served by him or serving him at a beer festival, most notable (for me) was a beer adventure on a boat on the Severn a couple (??) of years ago, got a bit chilly as the sun set but a good time was had by all - alas it was before I started to rate on here properly so I’m missing those beers
Garrold is the only other active Ratebeerian I know of in Sheff, which is kinda sad really.
I have a bottle share group but they’re all U*****d users, and even with about 10 of us nominally in the group it’s sometimes hard to get more than 3 of us in the same room at the same time, not least cos half of us are office drones and the other half work in pubs so our working patterns are polar opposites
Not sure how active leaparsons still is (looks like he’s ticking but not rating, but even then nothing for November) but we are both in Leicester. I don’t think I’m a world away from DruncanVeasey either.
Thing is I love getting together with people but I have pretty serious anxiety which comes and goes so if I’m having a tough month or two I tend to stay off the radar, so I haven’t met as many people on RB as I would’ve liked.
I believe @joe19612 in Cambo.
On another note, the only person I ever convinced to join Ratebeer (0 rates) has just moved to Canada so they couldn’t get further.
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This has been enabled by our geographical proximity. According to Google Maps, I live 1.4 miles from @allmyvinyl and 2.4 miles from @cgarvieuk and @allmyvinyl is only 1.7 miles from @cgarvieuk
Closer enough to walk or at least cycle home!
Alas I’m the only active user on my island & I’m yet to have the good fortune to meet up with any of you!
ha, it was more that there are no other active Ratebeerians here (that I know of) in a city of half a million
@minutemat has started doing his ‘tutored beer tastings’ again. No idea when the next one will be, but they are great fun and very good value price wise.
I think @sethbreaker lives less than a mile from me.
I was gonna suggest that London ratebeerians may live close to each other, certainly in terms of ease of connection
One thing I always struggled with over here was lack of beer firends nearby, Alan (trapissed) was one of the nearest then he moved to Brazil, now back but no meetups as yet!
Most beerswaps then happen either when both parties are in Belfast/ Dublin or at a specific festival/ tasting event (which obviously have been few and far between over the last 2 years!)