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What’s in my beer refrigerator

By William Brand
Thursday, August 28th, 2008 at 12:14 pm in Uncategorized.

So William, can we get a rundown of all those beers in your fridge?  I see some Liberty Ale, Anderson valley 20, and some Rogue bottle I can’t identify.  What else is in there? Mario….

Well, it’s just the door of my beer fridge in the garage. Here’s what’s there…It’s a random assortment…

Lagunitas B2K  Barley Wine, Brooklyn Brewing Monster 2000, Assorted Anchor Our Special Ale, 1995-2007 with a couple of years missing
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot , 2002, 04, 05
Anchor Earthquake Beer,1989 with the upside down label,  released after the Loma Prieta earthquake
Drake’s Anniversary Lager, 2004
Black Lightning Porter, Lightning Brewing, San Diego
Rogue MOM Hefe
Schuter’s Red Star Lager, 1992, Berlin
Hofbrau Haus Original (Munich)
Anderson Valley Inperial IPA
Michelob Celebrate Cherry, 2007
Duinen Double (Belgium)
Drouin Poire (Pear Cider, France)
Schooner’s (Antioch, CA) barrel-aged Barleywine, 04, 06
Alaskan Smoked Porter, 05,06, 07
Lagunitas Lumpy Gravy
Scaldis, Brasserie Dubuisson, Belgium
Sam Adams Triple Bock
Russian River Damnation,  Temptation
Speedway Stout, Alesmith, San Diego
Gordon Biersch  Dunkelweizen
Siamese Twins Ale, Uncommon Brewers, Santa Cruz
21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat and Brew Free or Die! IPA,

That’s what’s in the door. All – rightly or wrongly – stored upright.

Temperature inside, by the way, was 45 degrees. No idea about the humidity.

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  • danny

    impressive! are you saving some of the older ones for a special event? or just because?

  • Mario (Brewed For Thought)

    I shouldn’t have asked. Now i’m just jealous.

    So is this garage locked? Alarm? What time will you be leaving for Slow Food?

  • Drew

    “Alaskan Smoked Porter, 05,06, 07″


  • easong

    My tastes are simple — simply hoppy:

    Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale
    Drakes IPA
    Flying Dog IPA
    Firestone-Walker Union Jack IPA
    Green Flash West Coast IPA
    21A Brew Free or Die IPA
    Santa Cruz Aleworks IPA (try it hopheads!)
    Port Wipeout IPA
    Alesmith IPA
    Russian River Blind Pig IPA
    Russian River Pliny the Elder Double IPA
    Moylan’s Moylander Double IPA
    Moylan’s Hopsickle XXX IPA

    …and in the back corner an old bottle of something amber that’s nobody ever wants.

  • Jackthebrewer

    Wow!…No mention of any lambic or homebrew…time to update that fridge collection. I’d gladly trade you a bottle of my homemade blackberry lambic for a bottle of Schooners Oak Aged Barleywine. JACK

  • William Brand

    OK Jackthebrewer….I was only listing the refrigerator door. In the refrigerator, besides a lot of Diet Coke (wife and daughter) and bottled weater, I have a half bottle of Sam Adams Utopias, a couple of Cantillons, some homebrewed apple cider from a friend, some Hook & Ladder Brown Ale. Drank my last bottle of a friend’s homebrew a week ago.. Oh yeah, a big bottle of Duvel, two bottles of Orval, one a year old, one recently purchased. And one bottle of Budweiser American Ale. No Pliny or Blind Pig, dank it all, need to restock.

    Homemade blackberry lambic sounds wild and tasty, but I’m hanging onto the the Schooners for the long haul. The founder, Shawn Burns, sold the brewpub, but I think they’re still making their barleywine and have some older bottles for sale. Worth checking. 925-776-1800. Thanks for the offer though.

    To Easong, allmost all those IPAs have gone through my fridge. But funny thing, I tend to drink them immediately. You have a tasty fridge.

  • Drew

    Oh yeah I forgot to post a picture of my fridge:

  • William Brand

    Ohmygawd….a fridge full of Pliny. What a heavenly sight!

  • William Brand

    Saving ’em for special occasions, company, a holiday like Thanksgiving, a football game, whenever the spirit moves me. I intend to let the cider sit for a year or two more.

  • William Brand

    Garage is locked. Hope to get there tomorrow before 6. Are you coming?

  • William Brand

    On the Smoked Porter. At the GABF three years ago, Alaska did a vertical tasting of many of their smoked porters. I was fascinated, the differences were striking. I’d always consumed any that I bought immediately. But I decided to restrain myself and so far I have.

  • James

    Hey William, Where can you recommend in marin for a sit down and drink good craft ale. Also do you know of a store in marin that I can pick up some rare, tasty or specialty brews?

  • Mario (Brewed For Thought)

    William, won’t be making it to Slow Food, going to Bodega Bay and having a little Kolsch tasting at the house. Fridge door full (or half full) of te stuff.

    James. Marin Brewing in Larkspur and Moylans are quality breweries with good food. A little pricey, but you’re in Marin, what else do you expect. They can be found right off the 101, so easy to get to.

  • Eric

    Man… I would LOVE to get the crowncaps that pass through your hands!! Please consider donating to the collection. Love your Blog.

  • William Brand

    To James…posted a list of pubs yesterday (Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008). You can find it here:

    About good places to buy craft beer in Marin, shoot me an e-mail at and ask for our Bay Area Retail Beer Store List.