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Outstanding Beers from our Little Red Fridge

Often I complain about so-so craft beer in our fridge that doesn’t measure up. However, some great beers have passed through that fridge and it’s worth recommending them to anybody interested in a good beer experience. Admittedly, most beers that I purchase are in the high ABV range and are predominantly stouts. So here goes, eleven good beers you might want to try.

  1. Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad
  2. Mismatch Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
  3. Rare Breed Mountain Goat Barrel Aged Blended Porter
  4. Amager Bryghus Hr Frederiksen Imperial Stout
  5. Little Bang Sludgebeast Imperial Stout
  6. Trappistes Rochefort 10
  7. Chimay Red
  8. Dieu du Ciel! Aphro Rhum
  9. Peche Mortel Imperial Coffee Stout
  10. Brasserie Dupont Monk’s Stout
  11. Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard

I’m a sucker for a good thick stout and bourbon barrel-aged stout. But that Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad was to die for… and the Danish brewery Amager has hit it out of the park with Hr Frederiksen Imperial Stout. I’m on the Sludgebeast fan boy bandwagon. You get the idea… Brasserie Dupont Monk’s Stout is lovely, too.

Anyway, there are a lot of really well made craft beers out there and I’d hate people just to get the idea I’m just one of those critical beer wankers. All I care about is that a beer I pay $8-20 a stubbie to drink is bloody enjoyable. And I probably don’t give the raving reviews of those beers that made me sit back and think. One of those was a German smoked doppelbock called Gänstaller Bräu Affumicator. It seriously tasted like bacon syrup when I took my first sip. By the end of the glass it had moved from the most disgusting beer that I’d ever purchased, to one of the most interesting. The end of that glass before dinner made me wish the bottle was bigger… it’s like a bag of really good crisps, but a beer. Honestly, try one.

But I desperately need to stop purchasing so much craft beer because for every beer I buy there’s a beer downstairs without a drinker. And if I don’t drink them then it’s hard to justify another brew day. The rationale this year has simply been to get a wider appreciation of what good and bad beers are out there to influence my objectives around making better beer. When you do see me complain about beer it’s just my consumer brain venting because the market is saturated with shiny cans and bottles with beers ranging from totally rubbish through to incredibly complex and enjoyable. All I’m doing is following my tongue.

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My name is Steven Clark and I live in the Derwent Valley in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a mazer & a yeast farmer (making beer, fruit wine and mead as by-products of continuous improvement in my farming practices). I'm a photographer, although my film cameras are currently silent. I do not tolerate idiots. I do not tolerate bigotry. I do not tolerate excuses. Let's be clear, if you sit with my enemies you my are my enemy for life.

Blogger. Thinker. Brewer. Drinker. Life partner to the amazing and incredible Megan.

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