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  • MVNYC Jul 10, 2006 08:33 PM
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A thread on the California boards got me thinking about my rotation of beers. I was just curious to see what some peoples were. I livein san diego, so that obvioulsy effects what i get.

Here are some of the beers i buy and are usually in my fridge.

Anderson Valley Hop Ottin IPA
Rogue- Dead Guy Ale
These two are what i get at trader joes at good prices for six packs.

I will also have bombers of
Stone Ruination Double IPA
Stone Arrogant Bastard
La Fin Du Monde
Maudite
Trois Pistoles
Chimay Red and Blue
Rogue Shakespeare Stout

During the summer i like having wheat beers around the house so i usually have a six pack of one of these

Paulaner HEfeweizen
Franziskaner Hefeweiss
Weihenstaphaner Hefeweizen
Hacker Pschorr Hefe Weiss
Hacker Pschorr Dunkel Weiss

If i ever am in the mood for a lager it usually is
Red stripe-nothing more refreshing in my opinion.

Other beers i will buy depending on availability

Guiness cans
Siera Nevada
Siera Nevada Bigfoot Barley wine and Celebration
Dogfishhead 90 minute IPA (when im back on the east coast)

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  1. I don't keep a ton of beers on hand - fridge space is limited and the boss gets mad if I take up too much space with beer.

    That said, the beer I do keep in the fridge is always chosen with food-friendliness in mind, since I normally only have one with dinner.

    My most recent sixers:

    Stone Levitation
    Port Sharkbite Red
    Victory Prima Pils

    I'm also still working on Anchor and Anderson Valley's Christmas Ales that I bought last year to have on hand.

    I also like to keep some good darker beers around for grilled meat. Samuel Smith's Nut Brown, Taddy Porter, Fuller's London Porter - I always have those. I also keep a few bottles of gueuze in the pantry as well - that's great for hot weather.

    A great brown ale I had recently came from Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido (I too am in San Diego): Moinette Brune. A really tasty Belgian brown ale, definitely worth a try.

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    1. re: Josh

      I like other voctory beers but have not had their pils. I will have to look out for that.

      1. re: MVNYC

        The Pils is really good. I got it at Whole Foods.

        1. re: MVNYC

          I'll throw in my support of Prima Pils as a delicious, fresher-than-import, pils. I wish it sold better where I work, but it just sort of sits there, so I'm rotating it out of our selection for now.

      2. I also like the Hacker Pschorr line of beers. We also like Wiesen Edel Weisse, Erdinger HefeWeizen & Allgauer.

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        1. re: OCAnn

          Agreed re: Hacker-Pschorr's whole line- their helles Edelhell (the word Munich is featured much more prominently on the label than Edelhell, fwiw) is the superior one that I can get my hands on. If I see it at less than 6-7 months old I'll always pick up a case or two. It's a great beer that just gets better with each successive one, not surprising since it is meant to be consumed by the liter ;)

          Lately Sly Fox Pikeland Pils (in the cans) has become my pils of choice. I always seem to have that one around.

          I've been enjoying Sierra Nevada's beers since they've been available on the east coast and I still can't get enough of the Porter, Stout and Bigfoot. You really do have to be a stickler about the bottling dates, though, because once those hops mellow out they are just not the same beers (though still enjoyable).

          In the Pale Ale and IPA territory I keep coming back to Victory Hop Devil and Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale (again in the cans).

        2. In my fridge right now.
          Three Floyds - Alpha King
          Three Floyds - Pride and Joy
          New Belgium _ Trippel
          Shiner - Hefeweizen
          Bud Light, for those hot afternoons when I'm working outside, gonna knock down a few, and don't want a buzz.
          Iowa has some goofy ass law that you can't import micro brews with an alcohol content above something the hell or other. But it prevents me from getting the Dogfishhead 90 min. I like the 60 min, but I'm wanting to try the 90.
          I have been told the Three Floyds Gumballhead falls under the same problem, though I didn't think it had a high ABV.
          Don't get the point of the law. Just prevents me from getting to try a lot of different brews.

          1. I have a wine fridge, so I buy beer I can store in there instead,.i.e., 750ml bottles.
            I keep a rotating stock of:
            Duvel
            Delirium Tremens
            La Fin du Monde
            Chimay
            Ommegang (any kind that's available)
            and usually one bottle of Lindeman's fruit Lambic.

            1. Lately, I've been keeping LaGunita's Censored, and Anchor Steam. In the cooler weather, though, you're more likely to find Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout back there.

              1. My fridge is stocked with Widmer Bros Heffeweizen $19/case at Costco.

                I rotate that with:

                Chimay (all 3)
                Duvel
                Troegs (whichever I feel like)
                Victory (whichever I feel like)
                Dogfishhead (Raison d'etre, 60 min IPA, 90 min IPA)
                Guiness
                Hoegarden

                1. My regulars:

                  Saison Dupont or Erpe-Mere
                  Schnieder Aventinus
                  Hanssen's, Boon, or Cantillon Geuze
                  Dogfishhead 90 min. IPA
                  Duchy Originals Organic Ale (Prince Charles' Brewery!)

                  I really like trying lots of things, but I keep returning to these beers when I can't find something new.

                  I used to drink Tremont and Ipswich often when I lived in Boston, but I can't get these in NY. I heard Ipswich started pasturizing, so I miss it a little less now!

                  1. a new addition to our fridge: Southern Tier Heavy Weizen - quite an interesting beer...

                    1. right now in my fridge I have:

                      budweiser (someone left it at my apartment...I swear!)
                      yuengling (boyfriend's co-worker brought this up from PA, we live in boston so its not up here)
                      russian imperial stout

                      we (boyfriend and I) usually have the following:

                      houblon chouffe
                      urthel hop-it
                      trappiste rochefort 8
                      westmalle tripel
                      schwelmer pilsner

                      1. This is the perfect time of year for storing beer in the porch. Currently we have 3 locals:

                        Mill St Tankhouse Ale (downtown Toronto)
                        Creemore Springs Lager (100K or so out of town)
                        Black Oak Pale Ale (suburban Toronto)

                        Plus, some Guiness that guests brought but didn't drink because they liked the Black Oak so much.

                        We try a lot of different beers, especially when travelling we always look to try something local. But other favourites include Pilsner Urquell (sentimental favourite from our honeymoon in Czech, but of course never tastes the same), and Newcastle Brown Ale.

                        1. I recently stocked up and got this:

                          Pizza Port sharkBite red
                          Wittekirk white
                          Buzzsaw brown
                          Stone Levitation
                          Petrus Golden white
                          Alesmith ESB
                          Alesmith Horny Devil

                          These were all first timers for me and the only ones I will buy again are the Stone and the Alesmith stuff.
                          Even on the west coast, I'll stick to the Shipyard Export at TJ's.
                          the Alesmiths have been very impressive. I went back to get more ESB and the place didn't have any so I'm really saving last one. The extremely minimal carbonation of their beers makes them much tastier in my opinion.

                          When I want something really light to drink, I like Sol.
                          And Rogue's hazelnut brown has been making more and more frequent appearances, even though the quality has been inconsistent.

                          1. In my opinion a solid and very inexpensive Pilsner that I've kept around is Bitburger. I can get a case for $17.99 at my local beer distributor. It is certainly not the best “Pils” that I’ve had but it is the cheapest beer to me that qualifies as a true “German Pilsner”. As for other high rotation beers in my refrigerator that would include:
                            Victory Hop Devil
                            Yards ESA
                            Flying Fish ESB
                            Sly Fox Phoenix Pale
                            Sly Fox Pikeland Pils

                            1. Typical "stockage", on hand almost all the time:

                              Leinie's Berry Weisse (in season),

                              Alpha King (for sweetish IPA jones), (alt: Goose I. IPA)

                              Old Rasputin Stout (for that drier imperial stout fix),

                              everything else is as the spirit moves me

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                              1. re: Chicago Mike

                                Ahh Summer, time for some refreshing beer. I just stocked up and have

                                Six pack Gaffel Kolsch
                                Six Pack Blue Point IPA
                                Singles
                                Dogfish 90 minute
                                Sam Adams Triple Bock
                                Hitachino Red Rice
                                Rogue Shakespear Stout
                                Lindemanns Cassis Lambic
                                Schneidder Weisse

                                1. re: MVNYC

                                  If you haven't, you should seek out Kindl's Berliner Weisse. That could be the ultimate summer beer. My friend just brought me some Brooklyn Lager and Hitachino Real Ginger Beer from back east, and those are both also great for this time of year. I really wish I could get Brooklyn Lager out here.

                                  1. re: Josh

                                    "If you haven't, you should seek out Kindl's Berliner Weisse."

                                    Yes, seek it out and be prepared to spend a lot ($12-14 a six pack- especially hard if you're a "more bang for your buck" sort of beer drinker, since it's 2.5% ABV) and note that, apparently, B. United (importer) and/or Kindl have stopped bringing it into the US. (And, the "other" Berliner Weisse, Schlutheiss, which is now under the same corporate umbrella as Kindl, isn't exported to the US, either).

                                    I've been buying it when I see it (most has a "Best By" date of 3-07, but BW has a much better shelf life than the 1 year they've given it...) and now kick myself that I only bought one six pack the last time I found it, only to return and find the other 3 gone and the shelf spot taken up by some malternative...

                                    BUT, all is not lost. B. United is bringing in two "new" versions of the classic style (tho' I've yet to find 'em on the shelves in NJ)-

                                    http://www.bunitedint.com/portfolios/...

                                    http://www.bunitedint.com/portfolios/...

                                    -Note that this one is also available in kegs, which, IIRC, is rare (non-existant?) in Germany.

                                    -Also, a lot of US beer drinkers skip adding the syrups- raspberry or woodruff (much to the surprise of many Germans).

                                    http://www.germanbeerinstitute.com/Be...

                                    1. re: JessKidden

                                      It's such a great-tasting beer I can't even conceive of putting syrup in it. What really needs to happen is a domestic craft brewer needs to start making this style.

                                      1. re: Josh

                                        For a short while, somebody (importer, distributor, retailer?) was actually taping little bottles of raspberry syrup to six packs in my area, so I did try it but, I agree, besides "tradition", what's the point? (I used to buy it by the case when a friend and I took beer runs to Shangy's for 8-10 cases of beer- one time, not having the syrup during an informal "tasting" with friends, we used Chambord Liqueur. It was good...).

                                        I was happy whenI heard the Brooklyn Brewery was coming out with a beer called "Brooklyner Weisse"- less happy when it turned out to be a Bavarian style weisse...

                                        It is odd that so few craft brewers in the US have tried it- and of those that have, it seems to typically be a brewpub/draft offering rather than bottled, as is tradition.

                                        Maybe they don't want to mess with the lactic acid bacteria? (Altho', they haven't been afraid to "mess with" just about every other yeast, wild yeast, used barrel, fruit, grain, smoke, etc., around...).

                                        1. re: JessKidden

                                          I had a similar experience w/ vinho verde. It's a Portuguese white wine that is quite sour and acidic, and hugely refreshing. I used to have to hunt down bottles of it, and apparently it's now becoming trendy. I think if there were a domestic producer of Berliner weisse who marketed it properly, it could be quite successful.

                                          1. re: JessKidden

                                            Just opened up and read the latest issue of Mid-Atlantic Brewing News (June-July 2007) I picked up the other day (in a store where I specifically went looking for, but didn't find, B. United's1809 Berliner Weisse and/or Bayerischer's BW) and there's a good two page spread about the beer style in which they note that there are more US breweries (mostly in E. PA, along with Southampton, LI, NY and DogfishHead) making the style now than there are German breweries, with the Nodding Head brewpub probably the largest US producer. They don't specify which US BW's are bottled- from poking 'round the 'net, it looks like only the peach-flavored DFH (I'll pass). Unfortunately, MABN isn't online.

                                      2. re: Josh

                                        I will look for that as i have never even tried the style. It seems pretty interesting to me a si do enjoy tart beers in the summer.

                                        Oh and i had a bottle of that Ginger Beer too, phenomenol. What a fantastic beer if you like ginger. It was king of like a cross between a Caribbean ginger Beer and an American Pale Ale. Really well rounded with a great mouthfeel. Too bad it was $7 or $8 for the large bottle. i look foward to trying the red rice in my fridge.

                                        As to Brooklyn lager, i know live a 10-15 minute walk from the brewery so it is everywhere here.

                                  2. How about "What is in your Commercial Draft System" question.
                                    Right now:
                                    Hacker Pschorr Dunkel Lager
                                    Victory Pils
                                    Sierra Summerfest
                                    Hoping to get Ayinger Brau Weiss, but waiting on Merchant du Vin to verify that they are really no longer shipping to Texas! That is what my 'beer monger' is telling me.

                                    1. I haven't found a better beer for $6.50 a six than Alaskan's Summer Ale (says kolsch on bottle but has more fruitiness (very soft) than I remember that style putting forth)

                                      i've also been drinking a lot of shipyard's version of ringwood brewery's 'old thumper' (just make sure you get a bottle that is before the drink by date - it REALLY matters)

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                                      1. re: mr mouther

                                        being here in new england, i like to keep harpoon IPA, longtrail ale, magic hat hocus pocus and the #9 for daytime drinking.

                                        i will have to also admit to buying random 22's or something i've never heard of...this drives my wife nuts, but it's fun to roll the dice.

                                        1. re: japhyryder

                                          dos X lager
                                          dales pale ale

                                          1. re: chundi

                                            i'm astonished at dos x lager. I think that may be one of the worst beers I've had. a friend of my girlfriend brought some over one time and I tried it. I had to pour it out. and i really wanted a beer.

                                      2. As I work in two positions where we sell alcohol, the selection in my fridge varies greatly from week to week. At this time, I have the following in my fridge:

                                        Offshore IPA
                                        Ipswich Ale
                                        Sierra Nevada Bigfoot '07
                                        North Coast Old Stock Ale '07
                                        Alesmith Speedway Stout
                                        Avery Mephistopheles Stout
                                        Vichtenaar
                                        Dogfish Head Immort Ale
                                        De Dolle Oerbier

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                                        1. re: braineater

                                          That Oerbier is amazing stuff. I just had the Old Stock Ale, too, the other night - awesome.

                                          1. re: Josh

                                            In my frig right now:
                                            Yards Saison.
                                            Birra Moretti La Rossa
                                            Bud cans.

                                            Go figure.

                                        2. You are so lucky to have Stone Brewery in your back yard. We always have a 22oz of Stone Ruination in our fridge. We drink one a week. We always have Sierra Nevada in the fridge. Its very cheap here in Nor.Cal. At winter time we always stock up on cases of Sierra Celebration and mid winter we always drink Sierra Big Foot. Also usually have Speakeasy IPAs in the fridge. If Im in charge of beer, we almost always have IPA's in the fridge.

                                          1. In the fridge now:

                                            Green Flash West Coast IPA
                                            Drake's Expedition Ale
                                            Moylan's Hopsickle
                                            Deschutes Hop Henge DIPA
                                            Flying Dog Horn Dog Barleywine
                                            Green Flash DIPA

                                            The rest of the beer is kept in the "cellar" (wine boxes in the closet).

                                            1. Right now -- still on my pilsner jag:

                                              Trumer
                                              Sierra Nevada Summerfest

                                              Urquell is my fallback standby, always available -- I'm bummed because I haven't seen a six of Czechvar for a month now -- may be gone, bye-bye.

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                                              1. re: misohungrychewlow

                                                "Czechvar", in your area, may be suffering from the same problem as many InBev brands reportedly are, since Anheuser Busch got the importation rights of InBev brands and, separately, "Czechvar". A-B is supposedly trying to move these beers to it's own distributors but, while the laws differ from state to state, often when a local distributor has a contract to distribute a beer, it can't simply be moved elsewhere because the owner or importer changes. There's lots of complaints about "lag time" in some locations, for some of the InBev brands while the change-over happens.

                                                OTOH, "Czechvar" has already gone through a few importers in it's short life (we discussed that in another thread here IIRC) in the US. Last time I looked for some in the brown 1/2 liter bottle (last month or so) the best I could find was marked "Best by 02 06", so, hopefully A-B's distribution chain will be do better than that. (One can argue about A-B's beers, but they got distribution down...now, whether they pay attention to ALL the brands is debatable, I suppose).

                                                1. re: JessKidden

                                                  Hmm ... wonder if A-B would acquire the rights to distribute Czechvar with the intent NOT to make it available?

                                                  1. re: misohungrychewlow

                                                    Hey, I'm as anti-A-B as anyone (as well as being a well-known paranoid <g>) but even I gotta think that's a little far-fetched (and it's been bandied about on the beer sites ever since the deal was made). I think the very name "Czechvar" means A-B "won" in the US and closer ties probably only means the old Communist gov't paranoia of A-B wanting to buy (or, at least, control) the brewery, so they can own the name, might be closer to the truth. If you can't beat 'em, distribute 'em...

                                                    The way I feel about big corporations is they're not in the business to make beer (or cars or soap or..) but to "make money", and if A-B can make some money selling "Czechvar" (and, assuming, whatever market share they gain is coming out of SABMiller's Pilsner Urquel or InBev's Beck's/Stella Artois or Heineken's hide), they'll do it. I don't think anyone stands in front of the beer cooler thinking "Should I buy the original Budweiser or the newfangled Budweiser from St. Louis...".

                                                    1. re: JessKidden

                                                      Furthermore, AB is trying to put craft/import product in the pipeline for its distributors, many of which sorely need it. And if AB has any chance (and they may not, judging from recent news) to buy the brewery, it will disappear if it declines to sell the product it's agreed to import. And I would be surprised if its contract didn't oblige the company to actually sell the beer. They're probably not bound together for eternity as is often the case with state franchise laws.

                                                      1. re: Jim Dorsch

                                                        "And if AB has any chance (and they may not, judging from recent news) to buy the brewery"

                                                        Really? Last I read (one month ago), they were the most likely buyer-
                                                        http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/6363c6ae-5c...

                                              2. Mostly home brew.

                                                Buuttt-on tap, in the fridge or beer closet:
                                                Some sort of nigorizaki

                                                Anchor Summer Beer for Summer
                                                Anchor Steam
                                                Firestone lager
                                                young's chocolate stout
                                                Delerium tremens
                                                Duchess

                                                Lindeman's Framboise
                                                Santa Barbara Brewhouse Chocolate rapberry Stout, Barbara, whatever lager they have
                                                Hollywood Blonde
                                                Sam Adams Utopias
                                                Alaskan Smoked Porter
                                                Abita TurboDog
                                                Hair of The Dog Adam
                                                Anchor's Christmas beers from the last few years
                                                Fuller's

                                                Lots more..gotta look and see what else

                                                1. I currently have..

                                                  Year around beers I have in fridge.

                                                  Stone Arrogant Bastard
                                                  Stone Ruination
                                                  Pizza Port Hop 15
                                                  Bear Republic Hop Rod
                                                  Anderson Valley Hop Ottin

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                                                  1. re: mystiksc

                                                    Variety is the spice of life.

                                                    1. re: mystiksc

                                                      mystiksc, we could be good friends. I think you have a nice spicey variety of hops in your fridge as well. Where do you get your Pizza Port Hop 15? Do they bottle it? I have never seen it here in N.Cal.

                                                      1. re: kristyn

                                                        They've been bottling it for a little bit now. I have bought it at Ledger's and City Beer. I love that Hop 15....can't wait until RRBC starts bottling Pliny (soon!) to do a proper comparison.

                                                    2. I almost always have a six pack of Green Flash West Coast IPA. I love it and Its just a staple in my diet.

                                                      You're also almost certain to find a couple cans Wittekerke. It's light and refreshing and pretty cheap. It's a good beer to give to guests who aren't accustomed to the strong beers I usually drink.

                                                      Other's: Stone Levitation, Old Rasputin, Franziskaner, Hennepin, Rogue Dead guy

                                                      And, usually a Lindemans for my wife :)

                                                      1. Oh, and I would keep De Dolle Teve & Stille Nacht in my fridge and drink it everyday if I could afford to.

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                                                        1. re: naven

                                                          Have you tried the De Dolle Oerbier? If not, seek that out around December. It's incredible.

                                                          1. re: Josh

                                                            Yeah, I love the Oerbier too. Im a huge fan of De Dolle.

                                                            1. re: naven

                                                              everything dogfish and blue point. sometime six point, but that's usually reserved for my growler from bierkraft.

                                                        2. There are five beers that are ALWAYS in the wet-bar fridge:

                                                          1. Anchor Christmas
                                                          2. Guinness
                                                          3. Anchor Steam
                                                          4. Apricot Ale that brewed @ a brew on premises (modeled after #9)
                                                          5. Fullers London Pride

                                                          Rotation always rolls over with seasonals, stouts, and lambics. Always look to have one of the Dogfish brews on hand as well.