Here's what I'm doing with my beer…

Inspired by olllllo’s recent post on beerporn, I have decided to take stock of my beer cellar. Unlike olllllo I prefer to keep most of my beer out of the fridge so that it continues to age. Only the weakest and most unstable of beers should be kept refrigerated.

If nothing else this post will give you a preview of some of the beers I will try in the coming weeks…

“Rule: A good brewer has hand-crafted beer.”

  • Two and a half cases of my alt
  • Four bottles of my Flood Water Bitter, as well as four bottles that I inoculated with Brettanomyces to give it an old ale character
  • Three cases of random bombers of really old homebrew (more than two years)

“Rule: A good brewer is a good beer host and has beer on hand for non-beer folks.”

  • 1/2 case Millstream Shild Brau
  • 6 pack Millstream Hefeweissen
  • 5 cans Wittekerke
  • Sam Smith’s Organic Lager and Old Brewery Pale Ale, Breckenridge Avalanche, Schell Firebrick

“Rule: A good brewer has research beers and beers to enjoy with other aficionados.”

  • New Glarus Edel Pils and Imperial Weizen
  • Tyranena Devil Over a Barrel
  • Lake Louie Dino’s Dark and Mr. Mephisto’s Imperial Stout
  • Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout
  • Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron and Raison D’Extra
  • Capital Maibock and an Autumnal Fire aged over a year by Jan of Steve’s Liquor!
  • Founder’s Breakfast Stout and Kentucky Breakfast Stout
  • Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard
  • 4 Samiclaus 2006, 4 Orval, 2 each of the Rochefort 6, 8, and 10
  • St Bernardus 12
  • Aventinus and Aventinus Eisbock
  • J.W. Lees Harvest Ale and Harvest Ale aged in Calvados casks
  • A bottle of Lazy Mutt
  • Duchesse de Bourgogne and Echt Kriekenbier from Br. Verhaeghe Vichte
  • 4 bottles of 2008 Three Floyds Dark Lord
  • Panil
  • 2004 Cantillion Lou Pepe Gueze
  • de Rocs Grand Cru
  • 5 bottles of 2007 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
  • Jolly Pumpkin La Roja
  • North Coast La Merle
  • Ambree Des Moines
  • Hanssens Oude Kriek
  • Taras Boulba from Br. de la Senne

I would go ahead and add another rule:

Rule: A good brewer has decent beer (other than their own!) to drink for themselves.

  • Case of Millstream IPA
  • Saison DuPont
  • Ayinger Brau-Weisse, Ur-Weisse, and Celebrator
  • Ommegang Rare Vos
  • Rogue Shakespeare Stout
  • Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout

Anyway, that’s not all the beer I have but I’m lazy and it can’t be all that interesting.

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3 Responses to “Here's what I'm doing with my beer…”

  1. prfx says:

    Hello new best friend, lulz…
    You have a fine collection.
    If you have time please post on the practicalities of beer cellaring. I never really have anything on hand for more than a week but when I actually have money I plan to start collecting and brewing.
    Check out my brand new beer blog

  2. couchand says:

    Beer cellaring is an ancient practice that takes some finesse to get right. I’ll be writing many posts on this subject, so keep watching!
    Good luck on your blog!

  3. olllllo says:

    I just ran across this today, Andy.

    I agree that (ideally) beer should be cellar outside of the fridge. Alas, basements are not a feature of the landscape here in AZ.

    Anyway, I’m glad I was able to provide some inspiration, thanks for the mention!


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