My Impossible List

This is not a bucket list. This is a list of challenges I want to accomplish. I’m not sure when I’ll do them, but I’ll work each day towards at least one of these goals. Some may seem cliché or overhyped but this is my list. Most are beer-related but there are some personal challenges I want to throw in there too. It’s a fluid list that will grow over time. Here’s where I’m at:


  • Pass the Cicerone Certified Beer Server Exam (November 13, 2013)
  • Become a Certified Cicerone
  • Meet Sam Calagione
  • Brew all-grain with my own recipe
  • Brew an award-winning beer
  • Drink Pliny the Elder (October 19, 2013 — thanks, Dan!)
  • Host a beer festival
  • Own a beer-related business
  • Convert one Macro drinker into a Micro drinker (2013 — my father-in-law)
  • Get paid to drink a beer
  • Have a brewery send me free beer


  • Help someone start a business
  • Learn another language
  • Learn a third language


  • Start a blog (January 2013)
  • Write 100 blog posts (March 14, 2014)
  • Get 1,000 subscribers
  • Write and publish an eBook
  • Own a website that makes $1 (November 3, 2014)


  • Do 100 pushups in a row
  • Run a 10K
  • Run a half marathon
  • Run a marathon
  • Hike the Appalachian Trail


  • See a baseball game in every stadium (6/30)
    • Arizona Diamondbacks
    • Atlanta Braves
    • Baltimore Orioles (1995ish)
    • Boston Red Sox (2013)
    • Chicago Cubs (2014)
    • Chicago White Sox
    • Cincinnati Reds
    • Cleveland Indians
    • Colorado Rockies
    • Detroit Tigers
    • Houston Astros
    • Kansas City Royals
    • Los Angeles Angels
    • Los Angeles Dodgers
    • Miami Marlins
    • Milwaukee Brewers
    • Minnesota Twins
    • New York Mets
    • New York Yankees (Aug. 5, 2014)
    • Oakland Athletics
    • Philadelphia Phillies
    • Pittsburgh Pirates
    • San Diego Padres
    • San Francisco Giants (May 2012)
    • Seattle Mariners
    • St. Louis Cardinals
    • Tampa Bay Rays
    • Texas Rangers
    • Toronto Blue Jays
    • Washington Nationals (2009)
  • Go to Asia (November 2014)
  • Go to England
  • Go to GABF
  • Drink a Guinness in Ireland
  • Roadtrip to Maine without taking a highway (thanks for the idea John Woody)
  • Take a cross country road trip going to breweries in every state

What’s on your list?

Contact me if you can make any of these possible.

Thank you Joel Runyon for providing me with the inspiration to make this.

16 thoughts on “My Impossible List

  1. This is a great idea and one that I know would benefit me too. I have so many things I want to do in life (aside from beer) but always look at them as a “I’ll get to it eventually” kind of thing.

    I’ve been able to accomplish a few items on that list, including (very briefly) meeting Sam. I think he’s exactly how you would expect him to be. What you see is what you get.

  2. This is such an excellent idea I’ve already started my own post! Of course giving you credit and back-linkage 🙂

    Pliny should be easy though. Just got to and say ISO: Pliny FT: Whatever you can offer up

  3. I’ve done the first 4 on the list, plus drank Pliny, and converted many macro drinkers! I like your list. I think there’s a lot of overlap with a lot of beer bloggers out there on some of these. I’ve been in the process of building my own list, not sure if I’ll publish it on my blog, maybe parts of it.

    Very cool list though! If you make it to Oregon on your roadtrip, look me up and I’ll show you around!

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