Beer Mecca – Part I

… Or, A Beer Collection to Make All Others Weep.

Pop quiz: name the best way that a male in his 20’s can be be rejuvenated and completely revived that doesn’t involve poorly choosing a partner for brief (okay, very brief) consensual affections? The answer is, of course, a sleepless binge beer tour.

This weekend found yours truly back in the Great Beer State to, in addition to enjoy some adult beverage: party like I was still in college, help my brother move out of Ann Arbor, spend some time with family and see President Obama speak at Michigan’s Commencement (go ahead, be jealous).

On my last night in town I was looking down the barrel of a 7:30 am flight back to Boston, so I called up my buddy Stoob who, in addition to running home brews out of his house non-stop, owns a beer collection that blows away any restaurant or multi-tap I’ve been to. We though it might be cool, as a way to kick off the reviews of my weekend-in-beer, to inventory his collection and present it in its entirety (presented after the jump).  If you want to see this gentlemen write some posts for the Blog give him a nudge in the comments. A more informative update on the weekend is forthcoming.

Before we get to the beer collection a few congratulations are certainly in order. My next beer will be for a very talented writer, editor, boss and incredibly intelligent man. Congratulations to my brother and all 2010 graduates! A very big congrats to Stoob as well, who landed a job in Chicago.

“For today, goodbye. For tomorrow, good luck. And forever, Go Blue!”


So without futher ado — The Great Stooby-Cakes Beer Collection:

  • Flossmoor Station Brown IPA (22 oz)
  • Flossmoor Station 357 Imperial Pilsner (22 oz)
  • Dogfish Head Burton Baton Barrel Aged IPA
  • Bell’s Batch 9,000 Ale
  • Bell’s Oracle Double IPA
  • New Holland Y2K Barleywine
  • Goose Island Matilda ’09 (22 oz)
  • Stone Vertical Epic 08,08,08 (22 oz)
  • Stone Vertical Epic 09.09.09 (22 oz)
  • Popskull – A 3 Fish Head Floyd Dog Production (22 oz)
  • Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter
  • Arcadia Hop Mouth Double IPA
  • Founders KBS
  • Shipyard IPA
  • Short’s Smoked Apple Ale
  • Bell’s Big Porch Ale
  • Founders Imperial Stout
  • Founders Breakfast Stout
  • Schlanfly Bourbon Barrel Ale
  • Dogfish Head Indian Brown
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout ’09
  • Van Twee Belgian Ale
  • Stone Ruination IPA
  • Smuttynose Star Island
  • Smuttynose Finestkind IPA
  • Three Floyd’s Alpha King
  • Southern Tier Un-Earthly IPA
  • Bell’s Expedition Stout
  • Bell’s Hopslam
  • Moorhouse’s Blonde Bitch
  • New Glarus Moon Man
  • New Glarus Spotted Cow
  • Three Floyd’s Dark Lord – 2008 (22 oz)
  • Three Floyd’s Dark Lord – 2009 (22 oz)
  • Three Floyd’s Dark Lord – 2010 (22 oz)
  • Three Floyd’s Dreadnaught Imperial IPA
  • Mendocino Bock Beer
  • Christian Moerlein OTR
  • Lefthand Fade-to-black
  • Schlafly Dry Hopped APA
  • Point Special Lager
  • Boulder Beer Planet Porter
  • Goose Island Sofie Belgian Ale (22 oz)
  • Bell’s Oberon
  • Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
  • Stone Cali-Belgique IPA (22 oz)
  • Shipyard XXXX IPA (22 oz)
  • Three Floyd’s Black Sun Stout (22 oz)
  • Mikkeller + Three Floyd’s Oatgoop
  • Arcadia Angler’s Ale
  • Arcadia IPA
  • Three Floyd’s Gumballhead
  • Stone Imperial Russian Stout (22 oz)
  • North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial (22 oz)
  • Great Divide Chocolate Aged Yeti (22 oz)
  • Lion Stout (can)
  • Smuttynose Winter Ale

As mentioned, more to come. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday everyone!

– Johnnie P.