One of my interests other than beer is Fantasy Football, or soccer to people from across the ocean. For anybody interested, my team is currently top of the league. We have to pick fifteen players, limited to two per club, and to make it harder we operate an auction system so even then we cannot pick the best two players per club whilst preserving our budget.
All this made me think of a fantasy beer fridge. I allowed myself fifteen beers but limited it to one per style and one per country. This really is much harder than you think and it took me quite some time to arrive at my final 15.
How can I only pick one beer from Belgium and the US? How can I only pick one Doppelbock or one Imperial Stout? Additionally I am only allowed to pick beers I have actually drank already, and that are still in production.
My final list will not please many people. My favourite beer Rochefort 10 is not even included; there is no lambic, no IIPA, no Barley Wine, no wheat beers, nor any trappist beers of any style. It's a pretty eclectic list but it covers enough styles that I would be happy if somebody told me these are the only 15 beers I am allowed to drink for the rest of my life. I have used the styles credited to each beer on RateBeer.
I challenge readers to come up with their own list, either to post here or if you own a blog, on your own site. It really is hard, but great fun.
The list is below, in alphabetical order by country.
|Austria||Doppelbock||Schloss Eggenberg Urbock 23°|
|Belgium||Sour Ale||Struise Earthmonk|
|Canada||Belgian Strong||Unibroue Trois Pistoles|
|Denmark||Brown Ale||Mikkeller Jackie Brown|
|England||Mild||Potbelly Beijing Black|
|France||Sweet Stout||Alphand Stout|
|Germany||Smoked||Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen|
|New Zealand||IPA||Emersons 1812 India Pale Ale|
|Norway||APA||Nøgne Ø APA|
|Poland||Baltic Porter||Zywiec Porter|
|Scotland||Old Ale||Harviestoun Old Engine Oil|
|Sweden||Imperial Stout||Nils Oscar Imperial Stout|
|USA||Fruit Beer||New Glarus Belgian Red|