Beer and Pavement

Top 5 Beers in My Cellar

Posted in Beer, Top 5 by SM on November 14, 2011

The following list is based on my anticipation for cracking open the following beers. I may have some beers that are rated better or that I may actually like more, but this is more of a list that highlights some oddball beers and beers I just can’t wait to open. Some I’ve had already, but some will be new to me once I open them in the coming months or years.

5. Allagash 2010 Odyssey and 2009 Interlude – The Odyssey was scored in a Yankee Swap last Xmas. I have no idea what’s inside. The Interlude was found while on a business trip in Richmond, VA. Again, I have no idea what’s inside. Anything barrel aged and produced on a small scale by one of the more respected American craft breweries has me intrigued. Now, if they’re terrible, the brewery’s mystique will fade. However, I suspect these beers will be pretty awesome.

4. 2009 Alaskan Barley Wine – Someone told me that they had this beer and vintage at a beer festival recently. It was the hit of the fest according to this one guy, but I trust his opinion. That’s why this beer’s days are numbered and I’ll be cracking it open at some point this winter.

3. Never Forget Barley Wine – This was the barley wine I had planned for my daughter’s first birthday. I didn’t get around to brewing and bottling until a few months after her birthday, but quite a bit of it has been consumed, leaving me with only two bottles. At some point, I’ll open one to see what happens. The other may have to wait until a significant birthday. 18? 21? We’ll see.

2. Cantillon Lou Pepe – This one I just bought this past week. At $22, several factors are at play. First, I could only justify buying one as I had already purchased three bottles of something else that day. So, I will have no idea what it tastes like. This may mean that this one has a short stay in the cellar/closet. Second, the high price point makes me hesitant to just open it for any old reason. Regardless, it will be saved for a special occasion, of which there will be plenty with the oncoming holiday season.

1. Stone Vertical Epic Series – With 11/11/11 happening, another in the series of beers not meant to be consumed until after 12/12/12 hits stores this week. My sister’s birthday happens to be December 12th and the goal is to consume as many of these as possible – in a commemorative glass – on or more likely after her birthday next year. We’re now one year and beer closer. I currently have ’08-’10. My sister grabbed a bottle of ’11, but I may grab another when it arrives here next week just to be sure. It will be a surprise no matter what the beers taste like. Hopefully they all do stand the test of time.

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  1. scottyp said, on November 14, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Drink the lou pepe kriek asap, its amazing.

    • Zac said, on November 14, 2011 at 8:53 am

      Maybe I will. Maybe I will.

  2. Lyrics, Libations, and Life said, on November 14, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I feel that this post mocks my feeble attempts to start apartment cellaring. ha

    • Zac said, on November 14, 2011 at 10:34 am

      It was not meant to mock you. There are many, many cellars 1000’s of times better than mine. I have some nice beers in the cellar because I’ve held onto a few over the past 3+ years. My collection started out a lot like yours and it took me a while to build it up. I mean, it’s beer. It just sits there, asking you to drink it. Cellaring is not easy for many, many reasons.

      What you need to do is make friends with someone who has a proper cellar and likes to share.

      • Lyrics, Libations, and Life said, on November 14, 2011 at 12:03 pm

        Yeah that sounds like that dream. I have no idea if I can actually leave stuff there for that long. I think I have a very low ability to delay gratification.

      • Zac said, on November 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

        I’ve had a couple of barley wines that were significantly different after some age was added. Plus, any time I’ve done a vertical tasting (same beer, different vintages), the older beers are almost always superior.

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