I’m not sure if it’s a spring cleaning thing, or if I’m afraid the coming warm weather will skunk the stash I have in my garage, but I’ve decided it’s time to drink all those beers that have been hanging around for months and months and months. The Great Drinkdown of 2011 has begun!
Now, these aren’t the beers I’ve been aging – those are safe, at least until the craving hits and I buckle. These are the beers I buy because I think they look “interesting,” only to have no actual interest in drinking them. So they get put in the fridge, and then passed over time and again for more familiar fare. After a time, they are relegated to boxes in the garage where they sit unloved. It’s kind of like the Island of the Misfit Beers. But every dog (or saison) has its day, and these unappreciated beers are now being consumed. And I’m not buying anything new until they’re (mostly) gone.
Here are some highlights of what I’ve had so far (in no particular order):
- Avery 15 – a Beligany meh beer
- Avery 16 – A wonderful saison, refreshing, earthy and complex
- Bruery Mischief – A finely balanced blend of hoppiness and traditional Belgian flavors in one glass
- Bruery Rugbrod – Very interesting rye twist on the winter warmer ale
- Bruery Autumn Maple – Always a treat, one of my fall favorites
- Dogfish Head Pangea: The ginger freaked me out a bit, but became subdued as the beer warmed
There are a few others that belong on this list, but I can’t remember them.
So what have I learned? Well, I discovered that I like to purchase, but not drink Belgian-style beer. This makes sense because I delight in the tradition these beers represent, but I’m rarely in the mood for a Belgian. Also, I find the packaging and fancy craftiness of the Bruery’s beer makes me feel like they are too good to drink without a special occasion. As one didn’t arise, these wonderful beers sat unopened.
I’ve also learned that I like what I like, and I can’t wait to get back to drinking what I prefer. These were mostly very good beers, but when you’re in the mood for something else, what you’re having will suffer by comparison. I think I’m almost done with the drinkdown and look forward to loading up on barrel-aged stouts, crisp pilsners and whatever else I crave.
I just hope I don’t find more Drinkdown beers when I clean the garage this weekend – I think there’s another box out there somewhere.
Guess I had better hit the beer store before I unearth it!