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Monday, 24 November 2014

Aged Beer

Most brewers are slightly reluctant to put best before dates on their beers. This is because, unlike perishable food items beer doesn't really go 'off' (the only real exception to this being wheat beer... don't try that!)
Now of course you want to drink your hoppy beers and IPAs as fresh as possible, and that's fine, but there is quite a lot to be gained from aging some beers from time to time. Yes it's true, just like a fine wine, pick the right beer and it can become even more beautiful over time.

As a side note, a little experiment I tried a few years back was to age a bottle of Thornbridge Wet Hopped DIPA Halcyon - what I ended up with after exactly one year of aging was a beer that had lost it's overly bitter hop flavours and had transformed into more of a Barley Wine type ale - it was really cool, and a fun experiment to do.

Of course there are rules to laying down beer.. The first of which is to not literally 'lay it down', unlike wine you want to keep it upright. It also wants to be stored in cool dark place, like a basement or cellar. The better options for aging beers will always be the stronger beers with bottle conditioning to let the flavours evolve over the years. If you look at some of the Belgian beer bottles we sell there's a reason why they have a best before date of 2025 in some cases..!

With this in mind we've been doing a little bit of our own aging at the shop this year. We've kept a case of Struise XXX Rye which has been bourbon barrel aged secretly stashed in our cellar for a year now, and this coming Saturday it's going on sale in the shop! We thought we'd give you guys a chance to try some aged beer without having to wait a year or two first..

There's only one case of this stuff, so if you want to grab one or two make sure you pop in this Saturday when it'll be going out on the shelves from the get go!

Love beer, age beer.