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Inside the Beer Fridge in February 2021

My hobby (and to some degree obsession) in recent years has been the pursuit of making good beer. I’ve been making beer for over a decade, but moved to all grain Brew in a Bag about three years ago and disappeared down the rabbit hole of science and chemistry. A big part of that hobby has been about learning to appreciate and value beer, especially some of those that I previously wouldn’t have considered worth the money.

The fact is that the more you learn about making beer and appreciating beer, the more you understand the value in barrel ageing, souring, wild and spontaneous beers. The more you learn about hopping, for example, the more you appreciate what it takes to bring you a good IPA in that glass at the cost you’re willing to pay.

In the beer fridge, I’ve got a few beers that are definitely for drinking in the near term; but there are also beers that I’d like to open in years to come. If I can resist the temptation. And I often fail. This collecting hobby has been a secondary part of my pursuit as a maker. I’m not interested in pursuing good examples of style so much as creating flavours that I want to drink from my own kegs and bottles. So you might love my beers or hate them. I certainly succeed and fail along that pathway. If it intrigues me, I make it. If I can’t buy something or it’s cost prohibitive, I think about making it. This week I’m drinking XPA and coffee stout; next week I’ll pull something else from the basement or the fermenters, or put on tap. That’s the joy of the hobby.

The beers currently haunting my beer fridge are as follows:

  • The Lost Abbey Judgement Day Abbey Quad with Raisins
  • The Lost Abbey Serpent’s Stout Imperial Stout x 2
  • Heretic Torment Dark Belgian-Style Ale
  • Heretic Incubus Barrel Aged Ale
  • Golden Draak 9000 Quadruple
  • St. Bernardus Abt 12
  • Garage Project Hellbender Barley Wine
  • Van Dieman Giblin X Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
  • Brekeriet Barrel Aged Sour Brown Ale
  • De Molen Verdeel & Heers Brett BA Imperial Stout
  • Brouwerij Verhaeghe Duchesse Chocolate Cherry Flanders Red Ale
  • Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! Solstice d’Hiver Barleywine
  • Zundert 10 Trappist Quadrupel
  • Evil Twin Brewing Even More Jesus Imperial Stout x 2
  • Heretic Shallow Grave Robust Porter
  • Anderson Valley Huge Arker Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
  • Bonehead Distraction Ale – Barrel Aged Belgian Aged Strong Ale
  • Little Bang Galactopus American Barleywine
  • Alesmith Philosophy and Velocity Blend of Imperial Coffee Stout with Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale

The Lost Abbey Judgement Day Abbey Quad with Raisins, The Lost Abbey Serpent's Stout Imperial Stout x 2, Heretic Torment Dark Belgian-Style Ale and Heretic Incubus Barrel Aged Ale

Golden Draak 9000 Quadruple, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Garage Project Hellbender Barley Wine, Van Dieman Giblin X Barrel Aged Imperial Stout and Brekeriet Barrel Aged Sour Brown Ale

Brouwerij Verhaeghe Duchesse Chocolate Cherry Flanders Red Ale, Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! Solstice d'Hiver Barleywine, Zundert 10 Trappist Quadrupel and Evil Twin Even More Jesus Imperial Stout x 2

Heretic Shallow Grave Robust Porter, Anderson Valley Huge Arker Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, Bonehead Distraction Ale - Barrel Aged Belgian Strong Ale, Little Bang Galactopus American Barley Wine and Alesmith Philosophy and Velocity Blend of Imperial Coffee Stout with Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale

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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.

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