Rams Head Needs Space to Honor Beer Club
The tavern is open to suggestions on where it can put the new boards to honor world beer club members who successfully drink all 100 brews.
"About 10 people finish a week, and we have space for about nine more names," general manager Corky Fertitta said. "We have no place to put the next board."
He said he plans to meet with his staff this week to discuss some options.
"We've had a couple of thoughts. We've toyed with putting them on the ceiling, but it's not really practical," Fertitta said. "We can probably rearrange the current boards and squeeze a few more in."
But Fertitta said squeezing a few more boards in would only buy the club so much time. Rams Head needs a long-term solution if it intends to continue the beer club for the next 22 years.
The first person to join the club was Kevin Duffy in June 1990. Since then, more than 60,000 people have signed up, but the number of people who have finished is just now creeping up on 2,000.
The last space on the current board will be filled by No. 1,954.
One idea is to start creating odd shape boards that could fit around the restaurant's current decor. There are certain pieces—like the ram's head downstairs—that Fertitta said you just can't get rid of, and he doesn't want to cover all the walls in beer club plaques.
Fertitta said a former employee studied the beer club statistics for a college class and discovered that while more men join than women, a higher percentage of women finish the list to become full fledged members.
A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman set the record for the fastest completion when he drank all 100 beers in four days. Fertitta said Rams Head no longer allows people to try to break the midshipman's record, allowing only three beers per sitting to count towards a person's beer club list.
It took Fertitta eight months to earn his membership in 1991.
Mayor Josh Cohen has joined the club at least twice and local resident Pat Sajak, host of Wheel of Fortune, just finished his 100th beer last week.
"One thing people don't realize is they are not all 12-ounce beers and some of them are really strong," Fertitta said.
There used to be a barely wine on the list called Thomas Hardy's Ale that Fertitta said was so awful that one member tried to pour it down the toilet rather than drink it, but his girlfriend ratted him out.
He said the club is tamer these days, and all the beers on the list are drinkable.
Membership in the beer club costs $15, except on Tuesdays when you can sign up for free.
Patrons who finish all 100 beers on the list are rewarded with a T-shirt, mug and their name on the wall. Fertitta just doesn't know where all those new names will go.
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