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How to Start a Badass Beer Cellar

Local and non-local beers that may be aged up to 10 years and beyond


“Even though 95 percent of all craft beers made are meant to be consumed fresh, there are still a myriad of beers out there that may be aged up to 10 years and beyond. Some of the best performers in my 30-plus years of cellaring are found both in San Diego and throughout California.” —Dr. Bill, Stone Brewing Co.

Dr. Bill's Beer Cellar in Escondido
Dr. Bill's Beer Cellar in Escondido

What to look for

  • Beers with at least an 8% ABV
  • Bottle-conditioned beers (preferably)
  • Imperial stouts, barley wines, old ales, wee heavys, American strong ales, Belgian strong ales, and Belgian trappist ales


1. AleSmith Speedway stout
2. Double Bastard ale
3. The Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme
4. Green Flash Grand Cru (dark ale)
5. Ballast Point Victory at Sea
6. AleSmith Wee Heavy
7. Stone Old Guardian barley wine
8. The Lost Abbey Angel’s Share ale
9. Green Flash Silva stout
10. Ballast Point Sea Monster imperial stout


1. FiftyFifty Eclipse imperial stout
2. Anchor Brewing Company Old Foghorn ale
3. The Bruery Black Tuesday
4. Russian River Supplication
5. Firestone Walker Brewing Company Parabola
6. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot barley wine-style ale

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