A Good Beer Blog

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Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.

Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."

Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."


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Grant Goodes -

I have been "holding back" stronger beers in my cellar for the last 20 years.
For Canadian brew, only a few are worthy of aging in this way, and they are of
course the stronger ones. Niagara Falls Brewery's Eis Bock is a little different
every year, so I've been putting aside one or two of last year's to compare with
this year's ever since I discovered the beer. I currently have one of the last
three previous years of that one. Another is Brick Brewery's Bock, which used to
come with one beer in every 24 sealed with seasonally coloured red wax, and I have
a dozen of these bottles from up to five years ago.

I lived in Denmark for many years, and the tradition of Christmas beers is very
strong there (in fact, the number three highest selling variant of Tuborg FOR THE
WHOLE YEAR is the Julebrygge Christmas beer), and I have a pretty good selection
of the best of these products, most over five years old (including Hancock, Carl's
Jul, and of course Tuborg Julebrygge from before the Carlsberg/Tuborg amalgamation
which resulted in the overhaul and complete bastardization of the Julebrygge
recipe -- RIP).

Otherwise, I have a stash of Belgian beers from my Euro-years, some up to ten
years old now, and most having remained carefully protected from light in a box
in the back of my cold-cellar. I don't even remember all that I have in that box,
but once in a while I pull one out at random and sample. Every one I've tried has
been if anything MORE tasty than a fresh example of the species.

I highly recommend the practice, if you can keep your dirty mitts off the bottles
for a year or two!

Travis -

The oldest stash I have is an un opened can of Iron City Beer from 1975 with the Steelers on it. I don't think you will see that on a "special selection wine list" any time soon!

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Ian in Cowtown -

Although I certainly won't win Worthington's contest, I am very proud of my oldest beer: a 1995 Barley wine from the now defunct Tall Ship Brewery in Squamish, BC. I picked it up while living in Victoria about 10 years ago and its followed me through at least 4 moves. The brewery claims its good for 25 years. I can't wait that long and I'm hoping to open it some time in 2010. Everything else in the stash is much younger.

Alan: Glad to see another Dave Line fan. "Brewing Beers Like Those You Buy" is not just a great reference, but also emphasizes homebrewing as a lot of fun! Truly a great book and a treasure trove of old British beer recipes.

BillT -

The oldest beer in my basement dates from Tuesday.

However, I *do* have a can of Billy Beer on display in the living room -- it's probably just as vile now as it was when I tasted its crate-mate back when Billy Carter's brother was President (something *else* the Carter Family inflicted on us).

Paul -

The photo on this post looks like it is from some kind of satanic rite ! Thank goodness the naked beer drinkers aren't in shot !

I've got some old beers - must do a photo of them.

christine -

IVE GOT 200 BOTTLES OF BEER IN A COOL DARK PLACE, IVE HAD THEM FOR FOUR YEARS ALREADY AND WAS GOING TO HAVE THEM FOR MY WEDDING RECEPTION IN 2008 WHICH WILL MAKE THEM FIVE YEARS OLD BY THEN, DO YOU THINK THEY WILL BE GOOD ENOUGH BY THEN, BY THE WAY THEY ARE HEINIKEN IN THE GREENE BOTTLES, WOULD REALLY LIKE TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK....THANKS CHRISTINE.

Alan -

I can't imagine them being OK. Try one and find out.

Phillip Wills -

I am lucky enough to be in possession of a bottle of the oldest bottled beer in the world, which is a Ratcliff Ale that was brewed in December 1869. I 'may' be willing to let this go to a good home for the right price (GBP). You can see it and read about it at my website www.silkmillpub.org.uk

Alan -

That is spam but it is reasonably good spam so I will let it go.

Jim O'Donnell -

I also have this two bottle one large one small of 1869 brewed 16th Dec Ratcliff's Ale Bass & Co's No1 strong ale

Sean B -

Wouldn't the oldest beer in the world be the one that just sold one ebay for half a million dollars(US)? It was the Allsops Arctic Ale which was brewed in 1852, several years older than the above mentioned Ratcliff Ale from 1869.

Scott -

The oldest can of beer we have is a 1963 can of Labatt Blue. It is a Canadian beer and was given to my father on the birth of my brother. It has never been opened and it on proud display in my parents basement. It sits on a custom built shelf.

Thomas -

My grandfather has 6 cans of beer straight from Africa. Don't really know the value of it, but i guess its worth something. The cans look really cool. They have elephants, tigers, and every other animal you can find in africa.
I dont'know how he got them, but he got the cans of beer before a war broke out and the brewery burned down. After when he told me that i was shocked cause the history of where the beer came from probably worth something today cause the unopened mint condition 30 year old cans of african beer has been sitting in my grandfather's basement for years.

Stephanie campbell -

I have several old beers. jubilee Ale 1977, Bass pale Ale 200 years, 1777-1977, Bass no.1 strong Ale 1869, Bass silver jubilee Ale. 1979 foundation Ale no. 08480. I know little about these beers and would be interested in hearing about them and any contacts anyone could give me please.

Mike Coyne -

I have an unopened bottle of the 1869 Ratcliff's Ale.

Stefan -

I have a sealed Fortnum, Mason & Co beer from around 1850, would that be something ?

Tony Chick -

I found a couple of bottles of Bass Pale Ale 200th centenary brew from 1977. Would they still be safe/enjoyable to drink?

Lisa -

I have s Carlsberg Royal Lager commemarative beer bottle to commemarate the visit of H R H Prince of Wales in September 26th 1932 he visited Copenhagen.I was wondering how much is it worth?thanks.