Rotation Beers for your fridge
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)
There are five beers that are ALWAYS in the wet-bar fridge:
1. Anchor Christmas
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.
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 :)
Mostly home brew.
Buuttt-on tap, in the fridge or beer closet:
Some sort of nigorizaki
Anchor Summer Beer for Summer
young's chocolate stout
Santa Barbara Brewhouse Chocolate rapberry Stout, Barbara, whatever lager they have
Sam Adams Utopias
Alaskan Smoked Porter
Hair of The Dog Adam
Anchor's Christmas beers from the last few years
Lots more..gotta look and see what else
"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).
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...".
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.
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.
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:
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot '07
North Coast Old Stock Ale '07
Alesmith Speedway Stout
Avery Mephistopheles Stout
Dogfish Head Immort Ale
De Dolle Oerbier
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)
How about "What is in your Commercial Draft System" question.
Hacker Pschorr Dunkel Lager
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.
re: Chicago Mike
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.
"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)-
-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).
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...).
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.
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.
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.
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
Flying Fish ESB
Sly Fox Phoenix Pale
Sly Fox Pikeland Pils
I recently stocked up and got this:
Pizza Port sharkBite red
Petrus Golden white
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.
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.
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:
trappiste rochefort 8
Saison Dupont or Erpe-Mere
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!
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.
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).
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.