Rotation Beers for your fridge
- MVNYC Jul 10, 2006 08:33 PM
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
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
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
Siera Nevada Bigfoot Barley wine and Celebration
Dogfishhead 90 minute IPA (when im back on the east coast)
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:
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.
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).
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.
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:
La Fin du Monde
Ommegang (any kind that's available)
and usually one bottle of Lindeman's fruit Lambic.
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.