Posted 6 years ago | Beer Commentary

2012 Million Dollar Desert Island Question

Back in December of 2006, on the same day that I officially launched this site six years ago, I published a post entitled “The Million Dollar Desert Island Question.” It essentially asked, if stranded on a near-deserted island, what three beers would you need to keep you happy until oblivion comes. I thought it would be fun to revisit the question now that I have had so many more beers since then and my tastes/palate have changed.

Would my three choices still live up to the challenge of tiding me over until my final days on the island?

Well, I’ll still give North Coast’s Old Rasputin a nod as my go-to Russian Imperial Stout, but I do believe the other two will have to be swapped out for other beery treats. What other two beers would I want with me on a deserted island? Here’s my list (in no particular order):

  1. North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
  2. Devils Backbone Vienna Lager
  3. Gouden Carolus Easter Ale

Picking up the Vienna Lager as my second choice is a no-brainer. It’s a refreshing brew that is not only a GABF award winner, but is just hands-down, one of the tastiest lagers I’ve had in quite some time. There’s a reason why it’s been a fixture in my fridge ever since it’s been readily available in my area.

I struggled mightily with the third slot. Should I pick up another stout? Something barrel aged? Imported? In the end, I went with the Easter Ale from Belgium’s Brouwerij Het Anker. I knew I’d wanted something Belgian in the mix, but which one to choose from (there are so many excellent beers from that country), then I remembered one I had earlier this year that was amazing.

I’m sure that if I were to revisit this theme in December 2013, my choices could very well change again, but at this time, if I were to be stuck on an island out in the middle of no where, these are the three that I could imagine remaining happy with until I’m (hopefully) rescued.

How about you?

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