NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- No matter how much craft beer takes off or how many 22-ounce and 750-milliliter bottles of it show up in restaurants of note, beer's still considered wine's slack-jawed yokel cousin.
Let's put this out there: Why is it naturally assumed that wherever wine is being drunk, people in linen pants are counting money and discussing offshore holdings and wherever beer is being drunk there's a large sporting event nearby or a game of cornhole just waiting to happen? For every 30-pack of Busch, there's a box of Franzia. For every $1 tallboy of Narragansett, there's a $5 bottle of Kendall Jackson.
For every bro at a college beer pong table wearing a hat backward and yelling "woo!" there's a couple of empty-nesters knocking back samples at a nearby winery and celebrating their newfound independence just as loudly.
Beer and wine aren't separated by much until you get to the cellar. The tannins and acids in the winemaking process help great vintages age well and become sought-after commodities valued in the thousands of dollars. While there are some beers served well by a bit of cellaring, almost none reach the age or the value of their vino contemporaries.That doesn't mean they never will, though. Craft beer lovers have spent the past few years experimenting with the cellaring process and have had success with barrel-aged varieties such as Dogfish Head's Burton Baton old ale/IPA hybrid and Green Flash's Belgian-style Le Freak as well as Belgian varieties that benefit from a bit of time in the cold. Combine that cellaring with some rare batches and blue-collar beer suddenly becomes a hot commodity. We took a look through the racks and found 10 beers that are not only rare finds, but hold their value for beer lovers looking to swap or sell: Kate The Great
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Alcohol by volume: 12%
There are a couple of common threads that run through the beers in this list: Many are Russian Imperial Stouts. Many have very limited production capacity and release windows that escalate demand. Many force normally sane people to stand in line for hours and bypass beers that are just as good (if not better) to claim their prize. Die-hards line up overnight on the streets of Portsmouth, N.H., each March and brave bone-chilling winds off the water for their glasses and bottles of this high-octane warmer. Though tough to resell, Kate The Great's real value is as a trading chip for some of the other beers on this list.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.
- Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV