TOP FIVE BEERS # 1
“Top Five Beers to Always Have in the Fridge”
Preface: Lists are subjective; pure and simple. While I try to consider all states when compiling these lists, it’s virtually impossible to come up with lists of five beers that will be available to everyone. Please feel free to list yours in the comments section for everyone to see. Thank you!
Everyone loves a list, right? I do, too. Well lately I’ve been thinking a lot about a lists concept for The Hopry. Today I will finally be putting it into effect with what I’m calling TOP FIVE BEERS. This new (non-video) article format will list my TOP FIVE BEERS to do things with. For example, maybe I’ll share my “Top Five Beers to Buy Off Ebay” or my “Top Five Beers to Give as Gifts,” etc… Today I’ll be starting it all off with my “Top Five Beers to Always Have in the Fridge.” You may not be able to find all of these in your area, but I have chosen five that tend to be fairly readily available in a good portion of the country. ENJOY!
# 1 Boulevard Pilsner
A lot of people these days are afraid of the BMCs. While that may sound like some sort of disorder, it really just means that the Bud, Miller, and Coors beers of the world are off limits to most craft beer drinkers. However, the style that these beers fall into is not something that should just be overlooked so easily. When properly made, the American Lager can be a very enjoyable experience. Take the Boulevard Pilsner for instance — it’s extremely clean tasting with a nice soft maltiness and lightly floral hop character. It goes down about as easy as any beer I’ve ever had in my life, and it’s local so I can always find it fresh. Not to mention, at 4.8% ABV I can drink a few of these and not be tempted to call it a night at 9PM. Ultimately, when I want to just come home from work and mindlessly drink a beer this is one I tend to reach for a lot.
# 2 Modus Hoperandi
Drinking beer from a can is something I’ve done since I was twenty-one. However, purchasing mind-melting IPAs in a can has only been a practice I’ve participated in for the last couple of years. It all began when Ska Brewing’s Modus Hoperandi became available in the state of Kansas. You can bet your sweet ass that I have been buying it on the reg since that day. With enough dank hop character to practically get Cheech & Chong excited, Modus Hoperandi proves why all IPAs should be canned. It has loads of pine, tons of citrus, and a severe amount of bitterness that can be consumed over and over again. The fact that this beer is available in six-packs that I can pick up any time I want makes this beer a shoe-in for this list. If it’s available in your state, you need to grab a sixer the next time you visit your local store because this is the IPA you can take anywhere…and you will.
# 3 Two Hearted Ale
The annual release of Bell’s Hopslam has become a bit of a phenomenon. As one of my local beer managers recently said, “People come out of the woodworks for this shit.” Well, there’s another Bell’s IPA that many claim as a personal favorite; it’s called the Two Hearted Ale. While it also has one of my favorite labels in the world, it also comes in six packs and is generally available throughout the year in this part of the country. The hop character is much more subdued than that of Hopslam, but that signature hop structure of Bell’s is ever-present. For an IPA that you can just throw in the fridge, I’d say it’s hard to find many that can top it. If you’re lucky, you may even find yourself able to buy a mini keg, too…
# 4 Orval Trappist Ale
Brasserie d’Orval S.A.
Belgian Pale Ale
Belgian monks really know what they’re doing; there’s just no two ways about it. Practically every beer that comes from these monasteries is a journey. As for the Orval, what else can I say that hasn’t already been said? It’s the most unique of the Trappist beers, but it’s also the most drinkable. In fact, I find myself wanting to drink it all the time. It’s not quite a Saison and it’s not quite a Belgian Pale Ale – it’s somewhere in-between. It’s light, it’s crisp, and it’s unquestionably NOT from the United States. Unfortunately at $5 per bottle you probably won’t have four or six at a time in the fridge, but you should always have at least one in there to cure that Belgian craving. The fact that Orval can be purchased in just about every state makes it a sure winner for this list, too.
# 5 Old Rasputin
North Coast Brewing
Russian Imperial Stout
The Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing was the very first Imperial Stout I ever had. There was something about the 100 point Ratebeer tag on the shelf combined with that awesome label that just made me jump in head first. While I’ll admit that it was a bit shocking upon first sip, I forced myself to finish the bottle. The next bottle was better and the next was even better than the last. After having finished my four-pack I can say I had become a huge fan of the style and my palate had been changed (once again) forever. It’s been a love affair since and I find myself buying a four pack of this beer pretty regularly. I don’t always need a stout in the fridge, but if there’s going to be one that I can easily throw back while watching a movie, it’s positively going to be this one…