To Save or Enjoy? Thoughts on Cellaring

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With Snowpaclipse2.0 looming over our heads, and the calls of “brace yourselves & stock up” are ringing out across the insta-inter-verse.

Are you a natural cellar-er? Loving to grab stuff just to hold onto it for a while? Or does it only last as long as it takes to get in the door and crack open?

Or someplace in the middle, due to space, or funds or what have you.

I most aspects I do have a tendency to horde or save stuff for just the right time.  Not so much with beer though.  Be it the lack of good cellaring spots currently, or the cash outlay to build up said collection.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love a fridge or dark pantry set up just for holding some nice or harder to find items.  Or to have a nice cave like cellar,  I mean who wouldn’t want that,  they look awesome!  Think of the dinners and parties one can hold, or make it your own private bat cave, if that is your thing.

Sure, that would definitely be considered part of it, but the other side would be, If I bought something be it a year round thing, or a seasonal I have been drooling over since it was announced months back,  I want to drink it then, or at least in the reasonable future, like that month.

Don’t get me wrong, I do have stuff saved up, for a special occasion, or for when the person who bought it for me comes over for a visit.

I feel like they should be ready to go when you buy them (like IPA’s and the such).  None of this buy it now but it is not going to be ready to drink at the level we feel it should be at for the next 6 months.

I love to have stuff on hand,  a six pack or two, or even 3,  but that’s it.  I find it to become overwhelming at that point.  What to try ? What to wait on?  Why am I still saving this one last bottle of stout?  I am past the days of parties were everyone brings a six pack & you end up with cases of stuff left over.   I only want to take as much as I need.


9 thoughts on “To Save or Enjoy? Thoughts on Cellaring

    simonbroderick said:
    January 21, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I’m kind of the same have a couple of Westvletens put aside for over a year now, that’s the extent of my cellar!

      Bierbattered responded:
      January 21, 2014 at 11:17 am

      ok those are diff 🙂 I would not want to drink them all at once. Definitely fall into the special circumstances pile if you do not live in Europe 🙂

    simonbroderick said:
    January 21, 2014 at 11:16 am

    or Westvlerens even..

    {V} said:
    January 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I don’t really “cellar” per se but I have a dedicated beer fridge that is always full-stocked. I try to turn-over the IPAs and pale ales faster than the barleywines, stouts and porters, so there’s usually a few darker and/or heavier beers sitting on top or beside the fridge.

    mouldsbeerblog said:
    January 21, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Starting cellaring a little more than a year ago. Going to start doing some side-by-sides with some beers to see how they’ve changed, and if it is worth it to continue. Will keep you posted! 🙂

      Bierbattered responded:
      January 22, 2014 at 7:58 am

      fascinating idea, how do your in-laws feel about it? (their house is you “cellar” right?) 🙂

        mouldsbeerblog said:
        January 22, 2014 at 11:15 am

        They don’t mind at all! They have dedicated a closet in their basement I can use for homebrewing supplies (which I don’t use nearly enough) and beer. My father-in-law spent some time in England for work, so he has an appreciation for it!

          Bierbattered responded:
          January 22, 2014 at 11:18 am


          Bierbattered responded:
          January 22, 2014 at 11:20 am

          My plan is once we clear out the rest of the baby stuff from the back room of the basement, I am going to get a mini fridge or something to use.. maybe just a cheap used cabinet. Winter time temp is perfect down there, but it does get a touch hot in the summer..

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