I could make this easy and just say Becks, Heinecken, Anchor Steam, Augusteinerbrau and Brand, and have done with it. But that would be way too easy.
So we have to cogitate on what exactly is meant by a garage fridge or freezer. Are we talking attached garage, or a separate, distinct, garage building. At my house, we have a separate garage, where I have my “ManCave”- the only place on the property where it is legal to smoke cigars. My brother has an attached garage (he does not smoke cigars). He has a fridge in his garage, and I don’t. His wife has access to the fridge, and mine wouldn’t go into the cigar room on a bet. Placement of the garage fridge is crucial to it’s use, and to the chances you’ll get one.
Let’s look at the Five Best Reasons to get a Garage Fridge or Freezer.
Let’s face it, during the summer, you’ve got enough on your hands without worrying about kids bolting through the kitchen every 10 minutes. A garage fridge keeps them out of the house, getting some excercize, and limits the snacks they can get to (stock the garage fridge with healthy snacks, and that’s all they get). And, of course, because it’s for the kids, they get the old kitchen fridge (Still quite good and serviceable) while you up-grade. French Doors, Ice Maker, the fourth door for convenience, all these things make your new fridge a great purchase. And you’re doing it for the kids. So selfless!
Big Box Shopping
Yes, the old fridge that went to the garage has a freezer in it, but at certain times it’s just not big enough. After a trip to Costco or Sam’s Club, the limits of the fridge and freezer are going to be severely tested. A freezer in the garage is the only place for 22lbs of ground beef (at $1.99lb!) and 200 Freezer Pops to get the kids through the heat of the summer (Well, at least a weekend). You can save with warehouse stores if you have the room to manage your purchases, and a garage fridge or freezer provides that ability.
It’s always a challenge to work in one fridge/freezer for everyday use, but when the holidays come around, it’s close to impossible. Extra beverages for guests, extra food for guests, and, if you’re lucky, guests bringing you extra food, like delicious pies and cranberry jelly, all of which needs to be stored. So the garage fridge and freezer shine at holiday time, like the star on top of the tree.
The End Of The Season
It doesn’t matter what season- NFL, college basketball, UEFA, and, in the near future, college football playoffs- they all demand a huge blowout. And with the additional storage provided by the garage fridge- dips, ice, beverages and mixers are all close at hand. And we return to reason 2, but in the obverse! You don’t have to run through the kitchen every time you need a beer, because you know your wife is counting. The garage fridge keeps that number under wraps (though your behavior may be a dead giveaway!)
Stuff expands to fill the space available to it. First enunciated in The Economist in the 50′s, this immutable law remains firmly in place to this day. For the refrigerator/freezer version, that’s easy. The fridge you have now is jammed full (Parkinson’s Law). So a second fridge will give you more space. Which will also fill (again, Parkinson’s Law). But here is the advantage of garage cold storage, you will have TWICE the chance of finding something, and 2 separate places to try and locate it in. Double the odds with a garage fridge!