I eased off new beer buying for a while but then all of the cool bourbons came out and then I had to go to Belgium and then to Poland and then to Chicago and then Mikkeller put up an awesome Advent Calendar for 2014 and allocations from Bruery and Crooked Stave arrived and well, now I’m broke and thought it might be fun to just put everything up here from 30 days of beer buying hoarding.

This is November & December alcohol purchases in a sort of combined view. And trust me, when I preview this it is pretty amazing how much was received in just under 2 months. Time to start drinking!

What does this mean for you all? Well, it means there’s going to be a lot of new reviews up here and some perhaps interesting content. In other news, my good camera stopped working earlier in the month and I’ve mailed it to Olympus for an in-warranty repair which means the photo quality of some of these is pretty bad.

Also, I’m still buying beer at the level I was when trading full-time (10-20 boxes a month) Literally every shelf I have in the cellar is full now so it’s time to move more Lambic off-site and increase the ratio of drinking to buying which can be difficult.

Beer Haul - November 21st

November Bruery Purchases

Beer Haul - November 21st
More Champagne and a lot of Melange 3 which is my favorite Bruery beer.
Beer Haul - November 21st
Arthur is almost a daily drinker. Really delicious.
Beer Haul - November 21st
Sue, already rated and delicious. Have a couple more to drink and age.
Beer Haul - November 21st
Found this turding it up on a Vermont shelf this year. Then I grabbed another (further down)
Beer Haul - November 21st
Beers I brought back from the trip to Poland
2014 Bourbon Release Haul
already opened this year’s Sazerac. Delicious! Thomas Handy is still my favorite of the bunch. I’ve had all of these at random occasions and will open each over the next 12 months.
Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve Winter 2014
Crooked Stave Winter Release 2014 which is the last of the CS Cellar Reserve Program 🙁
Chicago Black Friday Haul - 2014
Black Friday Chicago Haul
Chicago Black Friday Haul - 2014
Champagne sampling and learning more about the different house characters is getting better. Doing a Champagne tasting soon to find nuance.
Chicago Black Friday Haul - 2014
Rating more Italian beers as you can see.
Chicago Black Friday Haul - 2014
Finally getting to try Midwinter Night’s Dram alongside its sibling, Rendezvous Rye
Beer Haul December 3rd, 2014
New batch of Nordic Saison
Beer Haul December 3rd, 2014
Really looking forward to trying the new Tilquin squared
Beer Haul December 3rd, 2014
Magnums of Anna & Convivial but sadly, Florence is sold out.
Beer Haul December 3rd, 2014
New batch of Lemon Cello IPA from Siren and 2 Lambic bottles from Mikkeller Webshop. The De Neve is 1994 and it’s a rate that I needed so I’m happy that these two were acquired for a good price.
Beer Haul December 3rd, 2014
Sorry, I’m not trading Hill Farmstead at all anymore so these will be consumed by me and shared with friends.
Mikkeller Julepakkekalender (Advent Calendar 2014)
The Mikkeller Advent calendar 2014. Pretty cool idea but now that I’ve finished it, it was mostly a dud.
3 Litre Russian River Supplication 2012
3 Litre Russian River Supplication 2012
I traded away my last Supplication 3 Litre because it was pretty old (Batch 2) and traded for a newer batch. The bottle isn’t as cool as the grenade shape but this will keep for a few years.

November Bruery Haul - 2014

New Bruery shipment from November including Rum Black Tuesday. Another Bruery Shipment arrived later (further down)

Below, the first 3 boxes from my latest trip to Belgium:

Belgian Beer Haul (November, 2014)

Belgian Beer Haul (November, 2014)

Belgian Beer Haul (November, 2014)

Belgian Beer Haul (November, 2014)

Belgian Beer Haul (November, 2014)

Out of all of these, I’m most excited for the Girardin Black Label. I was told it was 17 years old but I don’t see a date on it. The source is trusted though so vintage 1997? Looking forward to this one!

Belgian Beer Haul (November, 2014)

Belgian Beer Haul (November, 2014)

I’ve been trying to buy more De Cam and the Oude Gueuze Vintage is 2008

Belgian Beer Haul (November, 2014)

Two cases of 2014 Fou Foune and one from 2013

Liquor Haul - December 20th

IP Trade in Mass netted the Keyte and Oude Geuze 1998. The Blue Label wasn’t a purchase of mine but a friend who I share whiskey with bought this for me as a gift. I had never had it before so we already opened it up. Pretty darn good.

Beer & Whiskey Haul - December 22nd

2014’s EH Taylor Straight Rye is not as good as 13’s but still nice. This year’s Whistle Pig Boss Hog is pretty good but the price went way up over last year’s. This is the last year I buy Whistle Pig releases. Prices are outstripping the taste of the booze. They charged $180 for these and $130 last year. I also did a small trade sending out a Duck Duck Gooze for the 2 BCS variants.

Beer Haul December 23rd

Top and Bottom, Short run to Vermont for some beer along with an IP trade for the GoM 2013 bottle. Already opened it on Christmas. Delicious.

Beer Haul December 23rd

Beer Haul December 23rd

Beer haul, 12-25-2014

Waited in line and grabbed 2 cases of Heady Topper to drink this winter along with real great prices on the Lambic and Rodenbach ($10.99!)

Beer haul, 12-25-2014

Schramm’s Mazer Club Members December releases. Apple, Nutmeg and The Statement Reserve

Beer haul, 12-25-2014

I ended up finding a 2nd bottle of Pappy 15 so I picked it up last week to join it’s other brother. Both are 2014 batches. Fifteen year has consistently been my favorite so these are obviously way more valuable to me than any other van winkle variant.

Finally, the last box of Belgian Lambic arrived after 3 weeks @ Customs.

Belgian Beer Haul 12-29-14

Really happy to have scored both of these cheeses while in Belgium. The Cantillon I’ve had before but I haven’t had the 3 Fonteinen washed cheese.

Canton and 3 Fonteinen Gueuze Cheese