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My Christmas 2012 Beer Stash

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December 19, 2012 by 250 Beers

Aside from last weekend’s Christmas party rampage I’ve not been tasting too many beers. The reason for the hush is mainly due to the fact that I’ve been putting beers aside for Christmas.

I’ve been stockpiling – creating a stash.

Over the past few years it has become the norm for my workplace to close completely for the duration of the festive period. At the expense of a few days annual leave we tend to get a nice chunky break. We simply down-tools (well, down-pens and turn off computers). Many colleagues devote time to catching up with family. Some head away for a short break. Me? I take some serious time out and dedicate the time wisely. A snippet of the time is spent staring into the beer fridge. However, the majority of time is allocated to fine-tuning my skills in the art of knocking back a nice beer. I’m a black belt.

A few years ago (2010) saw me and a few blokes from work create the BPA. Some of us decided on a ‘group purchase’ just before Christmas – a mixed carton from the International Beer Shop over in WA. It was an online shopping spree because there is just no way that I fancied the 4,348km walk.

A certain beer from the Czech Republic was making international headlines at the time. Primator Premium had been named the world’s best lager at the WBA that year. A collaborative “Must have some!” echoed around the office. I seem to recall that the International Beer Shop was the only Australian stockist of Primator? I could be wrong but we couldn’t find it anywhere. This is what prompted our long distance purchase. The other beers that made up the rest of the carton were Perla (Poland), Stiegl (Austria) and Zlatybazant (Slovakia).

It was a huge gamble as none of us were 100% confident that the carton would make it to Brisbane in one piece let alone in time for us to enjoy at Christmas. We sat waiting for what felt like an eternity but it arrived just in time safe and sound. Phew!

I combined my share of the mixed carton with some beers that I’d been on the look-out for at the time and ended up with a sensible looking stash:

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This year, 2012, will see the emergence of my first Christmas Super-Stash. No less than 31 individual beers – all different. Yes, 31.

Some of these beers are leftovers from 6packs bought and consumed a while ago. I’d drink five and put one aside. It would pain me at the time when that solitary, remaining bottle would be screaming at me to pour it but it’s worth it eventually when that one bottle takes it’s pride of place weeks later amongst a pile of others that experienced a similar fate.

The other beers in the collection were purchased specifically for Christmas. To be more precise they were bought as single bottles especially for the super-stash. I’ve been keen to try some of them for a long time. Others are there because I have a soft spot for the brewery.

I have no set date for when the first of the super-stash will be cracked open. It will happen as and when I’m good and ready. I was hoping to have polished them all off before I head back to work in 2013. However, this probably won’t happen unless I get through one for breakfast, one at lunchtime and one in the evening every day that I’m off.

The following images show what I have super-stashed in my beer fridge to look forward to during this year’s festivities. Introducing – The 2012 Christmas Super Stash:

Beer Camp #53 Floral IPA - Sierra Nevada (USA) 5.9%, Beer Camp #43 Imperial Pilsner - Sierra Nevada (USA) 5.6%, Beer Camp #65 Imperial Red Ale - Sierra Nevada (USA) 8.1%, Beer Camp #45 Oatmeal Stout - Sierra Nevada (USA) 9.0%

Beer Camp #53 Floral IPA – Sierra Nevada (USA) 5.9%, Beer Camp #43 Imperial Pilsner – Sierra Nevada (USA) 5.6%, Beer Camp #65 Imperial Red Ale – Sierra Nevada (USA) 8.1%, Beer Camp #45 Oatmeal Stout – Sierra Nevada (USA) 9.0%

Extra Strong Vintage Ale - Coopers (Australia) 7.5%, Old Peculier - Theakstons (England) 5.6%, Smoked Porter - Feral Brewing Co. (Australia) 4.9%, Hopinator - Holgate Brewhouse (Australia) 7.0%

Extra Strong Vintage Ale – Coopers (Australia) 7.5%, Old Peculier – Theakstons (England) 5.6%, Smoked Porter – Feral Brewing Co. (Australia) 4.9%, Hopinator – Holgate Brewhouse (Australia) 7.0%

Before The Dawn (Rare Breed) - Mountain Goat (Australia) 7.4%, Landlord - Timothy Taylor (England) 4.1%, Estrella Damm Inedit - S.A. Damm/Chef Ferran Adria (Spain) 4.8%

Before The Dawn (Rare Breed) – Mountain Goat (Australia) 7.4%, Landlord – Timothy Taylor (England) 4.1%, Estrella Damm Inedit – S.A. Damm/Chef Ferran Adria (Spain) 4.8%

Reserve Amber Ale 2011 - Endeavour Beverages (Australia) 5.2%, Minimum Chips - Matilda Bay (Australia) 4.7%, Australian Ale - Bridge Road Brewers (Australia) 4.4%, Kooinda Milk Porter - Happy Place Brewing (Australia) 4.7%

Reserve Amber Ale 2011 – Endeavour Beverages (Australia) 5.2%, Minimum Chips – Matilda Bay (Australia) 4.7%, Australian Ale – Bridge Road Brewers (Australia) 4.4%, Kooinda Milk Porter – Happy Place Brewing (Australia) 4.7%

ACME California Pale Ale - North Coast Brewing Co. (USA) 5.0%, Dragonhead - Orkney Brewery (Scotland) 4.0%, Kooinda English Red Ale - Happy Place Brewing (Australia) 4.7%, Summer Ale - Monteith's Brewing Co. (NZ) 5.0%

ACME California Pale Ale – North Coast Brewing Co. (USA) 5.0%, Dragonhead – Orkney Brewery (Scotland) 4.0%, Kooinda English Red Ale – Happy Place Brewing (Australia) 4.7%, Summer Ale – Monteith’s Brewing Co. (NZ) 5.0%

Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co. (USA) 9.4%, Double Trouble - Holgate Brewhouse (Australia) 8.0%, Pilsner - Monteith's Brewing Co. (NZ) 5.0%, Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery (Scotland) 8.5%

Brother Thelonious – North Coast Brewing Co. (USA) 9.4%, Double Trouble – Holgate Brewhouse (Australia) 8.0%, Pilsner – Monteith’s Brewing Co. (NZ) 5.0%, Skull Splitter – Orkney Brewery (Scotland) 8.5%

Old Stock Ale 2012 - North Coast Brewing Co. (USA) 11.7%, Special London Ale - Wells & Young's Brewing Co. (England) 6.4%, Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale 2012 - Sierra Nevada (USA) 6.7%, Pale Ale - Monteith's Brewing Co. (NZ) 4.6%

Old Stock Ale 2012 – North Coast Brewing Co. (USA) 11.7%, Special London Ale – Wells & Young’s Brewing Co. (England) 6.4%, Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale 2012 – Sierra Nevada (USA) 6.7%, Pale Ale – Monteith’s Brewing Co. (NZ) 4.6%

Rapunzel (Rare Breed) - Mountain Goat (Australia) 8.3%, Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co. (USA) 7.6%, Hop Head Red - Green Flash Brewing Co. (USA) 7.0%, Hop Rod Rye Ale - Bear Republic (USA) 8.0%

Rapunzel (Rare Breed) – Mountain Goat (Australia) 8.3%, Pranqster – North Coast Brewing Co. (USA) 7.6%, Hop Head Red – Green Flash Brewing Co. (USA) 7.0%, Hop Rod Rye Ale – Bear Republic (USA) 8.0%

Of course, I’ll aim to undertake a ‘loose review’ on as many of these brews as possible assuming that I’ll be able to decipher my notes. It will give me something to do during January as I dry out.

This may or may not be the final post of 2012. That really does all depend on how and when the above collective is consumed. In case these are my final published words before this millennium ticks into another year, I’d just like to wish everybody and their families a Merry Christmas. Thank you for continuing to take the time to read my blog. Thanks also to those that have contacted me during 2012 – please feel free to drop me a line again in 2013.

Let’s all raise a glass,

Of a decent craft beer,

And wish one and all,

A hoppy new year.

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