Whenever I mention that I have beer in my cellar, people generally just make up excuses to stop talking to me. Unlike when my mom suddenly remembers that she promised a friend she’d help them sort their button collection, I can pretend that people actually made it past those words word of this paragraph without walking away.
Now, those lucky few who I imagine are reading this may be asking themselves, “aside from the fact that beer geeks feel compelled to try and prove to everyone they know that beer is as sophisticated a booze as wine, why would anyone cellar beer”
The simple answer is: It changes the flavor. Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes it’s a bad thing. The key is not just spending a year throwing away money by picking beers where that change is a good thing. Generally, that means a big complex beer. Bottle Conditioning (having yeast in the bottle) is also a big plus. Oh, and most beers funky and\or Belgian get funkier and Belgianier.
So without further ado, here is what’s in my cellar.
1.2007 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale aged in Port casks.
2.Boulevard Brewing Company Harvest Dance
3. Boulevard Brewing Company Chocolate Ale
4. Great Divide Hades Tripel
5. Widmere Brothers w’11 KGB Imperial Stout.