We’ve just got so many beers, trying to list them all on the normal list just seems a bit excessive. As you’ll notice, there are a number of back vintages as well. That’s because we love you so much, we save some for you. Here’s the thing though. In many cases, we only have a handful of bottles in stock and this list is pretty tough to keep up with. So selections may vary.
Ales and Lagers
Dogfish Head Burton Baton (Delaware) 2011 8, 2010 9
A sturdy blend of English Old Ale and Imperial IPA, aged 1 month in oak tank.
Fullsail ESB (Oregon) (22oz) 13
A special edition batch from this fine brewery that is as fine an example of the style as you’ll find.
Southern Tier Gemini Blended Ale (New York) (750ml) 15
A high-octane blend of ale and lager that had me skeptical at first mention, but sold at first taste.
Southern Tier Iniquity Black IPA (New York) (750ml) 15
An assertive and dry-hopped ale with the toasty richness of black malt. Impressive to be sure.
Stone 15th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA (California) (22oz) 2011 15
There’s a fine line between this and Russian Imp. Stout. Just a touch less malt and more hops.
21st Amendment “Fireside Chat” Winter Spiced Ale 6
Just what I want in a winter beer. Warm and inviting spice flavors but still tastes like beer.
Dark and or Darkish Beers
Stone Belgo-Anise Imperial Stout (California) (22oz) 2011 15
The ripeness from Belgian yeast, the nuance from Anise, framed by an impressively large stout.
Terrapin Dark Side Belgian-Style Imperial Stout (Georgia) (22oz) 2009 18
Smells like a barley wine and has distinct flavors or roasted fruits with a surprisingly light body.
Terrapin Big Daddy Vlad Russian Imperial Stout (Georgia) (22oz) 2010 16
A massive effort that has mellowed a bit with age, and I think that’s a good thing.
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (California) 2010 7
Textbook for the style and, I think, better off for having spent time in the bottle. Very generous.
Ipswitch Oatmeal Stout (Massachusetts) 2011 6
A solid and satisfying Stout with nice roundness and body.
Founders Breakfast Stout (Michigan) 2011 7
This highly coveted, ever-so-slightly toned down version of the KBS is tasting great right now.
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (New York) 2011 6
Always a favorite of mine and less sweet than the name suggests.
Uinta Crooked Line Labyrinth Black Ale (Utah) 2010 (750ml) 20
A touch of licorice heightens sets off this gorgeously decadent ale. Amazing texture and polish.
Terrapin Wake n Bake Oatmeal, Coffee Stout 2011 (Georgia) 7
Those silly stoners at Terrapin sure make some tasty brews. This one, ripe, stacked, & delicious.
Allagash Fluxus (Maine) (750ml) 2010 25
A Belgian-style stout with cocoa nibs. Rob Tod from Allagash was here recently and told me this is drinking great right now.
Dogfish Bitches Brew (Delaware) (750ml) 2010 25, 2011 22
A massive and impressive concoction of imperial stout and honey beer. If there’s a few of you, try one of each vintage.
Rasputin Oak-Aged Russian Imp Stout (California) (500ml) Batch XI 2008 35 Batch XIV 30
I saved mine, so you didn’t have to. A massive and hedonistic endeavor.
Bells Hell Hath No Fury Dark Dubbel (Michigan) 2011 6
Technically a Belgian style, but I think it fits better here. Stout meets Dubbel.
Brooklyn Black Ops Stout (New York) (750ml) 2011 30, 2012 27
Barely needs an introduction. Among the most coveted beers released each year.
Mother Earth Silent Night Imperial Stout (Kinston, NC) (750ml) 2011 30, 2012 27
Dark, rich, opulent, and completely magnificent. Share with a friend or two.
Bells Double Cream Stout (Michigan) 2010 8
Lush and ripe, this is like a Milk Stout with just more of that creamy goodness (no dairy, though).
Bells Java Stout (Michigan) 2011 7
Just what it promises to be, loads of coffee make an impressive brew that will wake you up.
Harpoon Chocolate Stout (Massachusetts) 2011 6
A nicely ripe but not huge Chocolate stout. Great for dessert but would pair nice with mole.
Blue Mtn. Barrel House Dark Hollow Imperial Stout (Virginia) (750ml) 19
Oak-aged because it’s delicious that way. This beer is more delicious than it is massive.
Blue Mtn. Barrel House Local Species (Virginia) (750ml) 17
Rich and sultry Oak-aged, Belgian-inspired Ale with a liberal dose of American hops.
“Gnomegang” Ommegang/La Chouffe Pale Ale (New York) (750ml) 22
I feel this is Ommegang’s best effort to date, and I’ve enjoyed every other beer they’ve made.
Ommegang Three Philosophers Quad 2011 (New York) 7
A rich, deep, and chocolaty ale with just a touch of cherry. Seductive and glorious
Unibroue Fin du Monde Triple Ale (Canada) 2010 7
Floral and honeyed aromas with ripe fruit on the palate and a clean, dry finish.
Heavy Seas Yule Tide Tripel (Maryland) (22oz) 2010 17
They held on to this tripel for a year before releasing it. Our patience has been rewarded.
Allagash Victoria (Maine) (750ml) 2010 25
Inclusion of Chardonnay grapes makes this baby lush and bright with hints of melon and mint.
Allagash Victor (Maine) (750ml) 2010 25
Red Chancellor grapes in this one produce a medium bodied beer that is tart and spicy.
Mother Earth Barrel Aged Tripel (Kinston, NC) (750ml) 2011 25, 2010 30
Truly decadent and otherwise stunning. A monumental success from a great local brewery
Victory V12 Strong Ale (Pennsylvania) (750ml) 2009 16 / 2010 14
A potent and age worthy brew that shows rich apricot and malty notes.
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison (New York) (750) 17
Exotic hops and bottle conditioning with Champagne yeast lend a bright flavor & delicate texture.
Brooklyn Local #1 (New York) (750ml) 2010 15
German malt & hops, Belgian raw sugar & yeast, & bottle conditioning make this one regal brew.
Brooklyn Local #2 (New York) (750ml) 2010 15
A darker version than the above with all the same sexy finesse. Surprisingly dry.
Sierra Nevada “Ovila” Saison (California) 18
Second in the great Ovila series. This, an immaculate Saison. Bright yet full.
North Coast Brewery Grand Cru Reserve 2011 (California) (500ml) 18
A sweet and opulent tripel brewed with agave nectar and aged in bourbon barrels.
Wild and Sour Ales
Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza 2011 (Michigan) (750ml) 26
This is one of the wild ales that got me hooked on these beers. A beautiful and light brew.
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja 2011 (Michigan) (750ml) 26
A barrel aged amber brewed in the Flanders tradition. Fruity and quite sour.
Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela 2012 (Michigan) (750ml) 23
A pumpkin and spice ale that is oak-aged and slightly soured. Very cool.
Allagash Confluence 2011 (Maine) (750ml) 28
A beautiful and delicate expression of the tangy nature of wild ales. Very, very impressive.
Allagash Interlude 2010 (Maine) (750ml) 28
Aging in Merlot and Syrah barrels gives this wild ale a polish that may convert the skeptics.
Liefmans Cuvee Brut (Belgium) (750ml) 18
An interesting version of a cherry lambic blending batches of ale, aged 18 mos. to 3 years. Honestly, it’s one of the most extraordinary beers I’ve tasted in some time. Stunning.
Barleywines, Sweeter Ales
21st Amendment “Allies Win the War” Old Ale with Dates 6
Honestly, more rich than sweet and really a remarkable beer, but I’d still put it in this catagory.
Widmer Brothers Reserve Brrrbon Barrel-Aged Old Ale (Oregon) (22oz) 15
Their classic old ale, aged in Bourbon barrels, takes this baby to another level.
Uinta Crooked Line Cockeyed Cooper Bourbon-aged Barleywine (Utah) (750ml) 20
So juicy and charming. Certainly sweet, but not in a cloying way. Just a generous and warm ale.
North Coast Brewery Old Stock 2011 (California) 8
Always among my favorite sweeter beers. Tons of nuance and finesse to balance the malt.
Dogfish Head Old Skool Barleywine 2010 (Delaware) 7
This is one hard-core beer but it’s mellowed some since it first came out.
Red Hook Trebblehook Barley Wine 2009 (Washington) (22oz) 14
Smells like caramelized green pineapple and tastes like hot buttered rum.
North Coast Brewery Old Stock Cellar Reserve 2009 (California) (500ml) 32
The delicious Old Stock, aged in bourbon barrels. Find a friend and share the indulgence.
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (New Hampshire) (22oz) 14
Warming and seductive with brown sugar notes. Goes down really easy.
Founders Backwoods Bastard (Michigan) 7
Their delicious scotch ale, aged in Bourbon barrels makes for one ripe and singular brew.
Highland Tasgall Scotch Ale (North Carolina) (22oz) 10
Great if you want something ripe and generous but not quite as sweet as a barleywine.
Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada Life and Limb (US) (750ml) 20
A big & bold endeavor using both maple and birch syrup. Plenty of malt and hops to go around.
Duck Rabbit Barleywine 2010 (North Carolina) 7
We held back a few of these tasty morsels from a dinner a while back and they’re lovely.
Southern Tier PumpKing Ale (NY) (22oz) 2011 14, 2012 12
This beer is so big and ripe, I think it belongs alongside Barleywines and the like and also doesn’t need to be relegated to October. It should go great with some of our richer fare.
Dogfish Immort Ale (Delaware) 2011 7
Brewed with maple, smoked barley, juniper, vanilla, and aged in oak. Then aged here…
Unibroue “Quelque Chose” Belgian-style Cherry Ale 2009 (Canada) (750ml) 20
You’re going to want at least 4 people to share this. Very, very sweet, but with lovely fruit, tons of nuance, and amazing balance. Really a dessert wine masquerading as a beer. But it’s amazing.