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When it comes to cellaring beers the way people cellar wines, Israel “Izzy” Arrieta is in the lead: His beer cellar is in the crawl space under his parents’ house. (Kirk McKoy, Los Angeles Times)
It’s a sacrifice
But a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do: The beer cave needs tending. (Kirk McKoy, Los Angeles Times)
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Arrieta checks out some labels. (Kirk McKoy, Los Angeles Times)
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It’s a little tight, and very dark, but at least there is room for Arrieta to stand up as he catalogs his beer. (Kirk McKoy, Los Angeles Times)
A tight squeeze
You say crawl space, Arrieta says beer cellar. Here, he passes a few bottles out to a friend. (Kirk McKoy, Los Angeles Times)
Where’s the bottle opener?
Back above ground, Arrieta shows off two bottles from his private collection. (Kirk McKoy, Los Angeles Times)
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Bill Sysak of Orange has turned half of his garage into a beer cellar. A certified cicerone, he is one of the leaders in beer cellaring: He has a three-door cooler he keeps at 64 degrees for his rarest beers. His claim to fame? He says he’s tasted 30,000 different beers. (Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times)
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Bill Sysak pours a limited-release Sculpin Pale Ale. (Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times)
Deep chill
Sysak shows off his massive three-door cooler, which he uses to cellar some of his rare beers. (Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times)
Just chillin’
The way Sysak sees it, it’s a man cave filled with beer -- what could be better? (Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times)