Today, we’re rummaging through the Claremont, Calif. Cellar of Joe Stewart. It’s not as bountiful as Steve’s or Adam’s. But you know what we like about Joe’s cellar? It’s humble. Joe’s cellar—actually, just a bunch of empty cases re-filled with his beer collection—looks a lot like the rest of your “cellars,” probably. Heck, it certainly more closely resembles our cellar than the others we’ve highlighted. The only bummer: Cali summers are hot, which means his bottles will get warm, too. But, baby steps.
Joe’s cellar also proves that it’s not the size that counts, but the magic inside (heh heh). Among his 60-some beers, he’s storing several Hair of the Dog Adams and Bourbon Freds, a Ruth McGowan’s Floyd IPA (though it won’t last terribly long), and the complete (thus far) 12 days of Xmas series from The Bruery. More on Joe’s cellar:
Location: Claremont, Calif.
How many beers: 63
Cellar setup: Inside Bruery empty cases standing up in a dark corner of my small 400-square-foot guest house. No temperature control, unfortunately; 65 degrees now (most the time) and then 80-ish in summer.
Oldest beer: Bruery Partridge in a Pear Tree (2008)
Newest beer: Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra (Barrel Roll #3). I think this will age very nice for about 2 years.
Best can: Not aging any cans right now. My buddy has a 2007 Coors Light.
Crowning glory: Bruery Chocolate Rain and ISO:FT [The Bruery’s collaboration with Cigar City].
What’s missing: Narke Kaggen Stormaktsporter, Bells Expedition Stout, Kate The Great.
Funny, those same three beers are on our own “What’s Missing?” list. What else—beers, styles or series—should Joe consider adding to his cellar? Share your direction in the comments. And don’t forget to send us the details/pictures of your own cellar! Here’s how.