There are a lot of reasons to collect things. Appreciation of beauty. To be part of a community. You’re Jay Leno and so rich you don’t know what to do with your money. Enjoying something though is a good reason to collect it I think. If you drink beer why not collect it? It’s not terribly expensive. If it’s taking up too much room you can drink some of it. You can experience the thrill of seeing a rare can in your distributors cooler. When you do actually decide to drink it you can do it with somebody else. Sharing the experience as it’s happening. Not exactly something you can do with comic books or sports cards.  Here are a few beers to get you started on your way.

Sam Adams Utopia – At one time the strongest beer in the world. It’s a limited edition, costs $150 and is banned in 13 states.  Although the same could be said about original recipe Four Loko. Doesn’t get much more collectible than this.

Stone Vertical Epic – When the month, day and year line up Stone Brewery releases a small batch of their Vertical Epic beer.  How small? It started on 02.02.02 when they sold 300 cases. I found a bottle of that vintage available for $500.

Keystone Orange Can – Keystone Light comes in blue cans. To capitalize on hunting season in the fall one out of sixty seven cases have a single orange can in it. The box it comes in will have a cutout with directions to turn it into a wall mount. So you are now hunting a can.

Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn- Released only once to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest. It comes in a liter can and a giant beer stein to pour it in. It’s gotten lots of positive reviews online.


Rogue Beers Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale – The Voodoo Doughnut Shop has two popular locations in Oregon and has received national attention over the years with appearances on a few TV shows.  They are known for creative flavor combinations. Rogue partnered with them to release a beer based on their most popular doughnut, the bacon maple. Reviews are not overwhelmingly positive for the actual beer but it comes in an interesting painted pink bottle and it’s definitely unique.


-Jim Brennan