Tuesday, January 10, 2012
But there are risks involved. All beer will eventually be too old to drink, even beers that age very well. You invested some money and some storage space on that beer -- how long is too long to keep it? I've been known to say that you should drink beer within two years of its bottling. Of course that's not a hard and fast rule -- on New Year's Eve I cracked a 3-year-old Roots Epic that was truly delightful -- but I claim that aging beyond two years doesn't add much benefit to most beers, and the things that can go wrong start to have more effect.
After an initial excitement about cellaring beer when I started geeking out a few years ago, I'm now at the point where I'm trying to reduce the amount of beer in the basement -- and I'm not a very big hoarder by any means. One part of that equation is to not keep as much beer -- hey, those big ones age well, but they can be really good fresh also. The other part is trying to use up more of the bottles I've got.
It seems like I hear more people talking about thinning out the cellar lately. Is it just me, or are a lot of people having the same idea? Are you keeping less and/or drinking more of your collection?