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Old 04-11-2011, 11:10 PM   #1041
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Milwaukee Brewing Co's Flaming Damsel

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tonight... both are good.

My buddy in Florida just got the package of New Glarus Spotted Cow - can't wait for Orlando Brewing Co's Blonde ale in return!
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Old 04-12-2011, 05:43 PM   #1042
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Anyone here collect or cellar/age beers? I have a few stashed to age that I purchased warm, but the beer stores around me mostly sell everything out of the cooler. Is it bad to buy a cold beer that I age at cellar temperature (say 55-65 degreees) for 6 months or a year?

Side note - one of the types of saved beers I have is the Stone Vertical Epic from 2009. The suggestion is to age it until 2012, but I have a half case of the 22 oz bottles so the other day I said 'screw it' and drank one. Holy flavor explosion! Sooooo gooooooooood.....
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Old 04-12-2011, 05:49 PM   #1043
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Anyone here collect or cellar/age beers? I have a few stashed to age that I purchased warm, but the beer stores around me mostly sell everything out of the cooler. Is it bad to buy a cold beer that I age at cellar temperature (say 55-65 degreees) for 6 months or a year?

Side note - one of the types of saved beers I have is the Stone Vertical Epic from 2009. The suggestion is to age it until 2012, but I have a half case of the 22 oz bottles so the other day I said 'screw it' and drank one. Holy flavor explosion! Sooooo gooooooooood.....
I'm not sure how the temperature change would affect the beers, but I too am aging a couple Stone Vertical Epics, 2010 though. Can't wait to pop them open in a few years!
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:02 PM   #1044
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Anyone here collect or cellar/age beers? I have a few stashed to age that I purchased warm, but the beer stores around me mostly sell everything out of the cooler. Is it bad to buy a cold beer that I age at cellar temperature (say 55-65 degreees) for 6 months or a year?

Side note - one of the types of saved beers I have is the Stone Vertical Epic from 2009. The suggestion is to age it until 2012, but I have a half case of the 22 oz bottles so the other day I said 'screw it' and drank one. Holy flavor explosion! Sooooo gooooooooood.....
I have a ton of beers cellaring right now. Some as new as last year, some as old as 1968. Higher-alcohol bottle conditioned beers (ie beers carbonated naturally in the bottle with yeast) are typically the best beers to age.

In theory, being in a cooler can stall the yeast and prevent them from working their magic during aging. This is the argument that some people use against putting beer in a cooler.

In practice, it will age just fine. Yeast are resilient little buggers. Elgood's Flag Porter is brewed with yeast recovered from a ship that sank in 1825.

If the yeast can survive over 150 years inside of a bottle in the bottom of the ocean, then a week or two in the cooler won't hurt them.

Just my $0.02
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:09 PM   #1045
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Anyone here collect or cellar/age beers? I have a few stashed to age that I purchased warm, but the beer stores around me mostly sell everything out of the cooler. Is it bad to buy a cold beer that I age at cellar temperature (say 55-65 degreees) for 6 months or a year?

Side note - one of the types of saved beers I have is the Stone Vertical Epic from 2009. The suggestion is to age it until 2012, but I have a half case of the 22 oz bottles so the other day I said 'screw it' and drank one. Holy flavor explosion! Sooooo gooooooooood.....
Definitely no problem buying them cold. Most beers that age well are high ABV, high hop, high malt beers that are very resilient.

I usually buy a few of the Stone Vertical's for that exact reason. A couple to consume and a couple to age.
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:20 PM   #1046
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Cellaring beer is overrated. Drink and enjoy the beer you buy!
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:38 PM   #1047
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I have a ton of beers cellaring right now. Some as new as last year, some as old as 1968. Higher-alcohol bottle conditioned beers (ie beers carbonated naturally in the bottle with yeast) are typically the best beers to age.

In theory, being in a cooler can stall the yeast and prevent them from working their magic during aging. This is the argument that some people use against putting beer in a cooler.

In practice, it will age just fine. Yeast are resilient little buggers. Elgood's Flag Porter is brewed with yeast recovered from a ship that sank in 1825.

If the yeast can survive over 150 years inside of a bottle in the bottom of the ocean, then a week or two in the cooler won't hurt them.

Just my $0.02
1968!! Let's open a few

I'm most likely overthinking the whole thing. For the specialty and imperial stouts and such, I think it would be pretty hard to ruin them, and heat is much more destructive than cold.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:44 PM   #1048
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Buy two of everything = best of both worlds! Seriously, many big beers don't reach even close to their full potential until months or years after bottling. DFH World Wide Stout and Voodoo's Black Magick are brewed and released to reach optimum flavor/drinkability 5 years later! Though the ones in my cellar won't make it that long.

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Old 04-12-2011, 07:56 PM   #1049
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Buy two of everything = best of both worlds! Seriously, many big beers don't reach even close to their full potential until months or years after bottling. DFH World Wide Stout and Voodoo's Black Magick are brewed and released to reach optimum flavor/drinkability 5 years later! Though the ones in my cellar won't make it that long.
Exactly... every year I buy two of the Stone IRS. I put one in the cellar and drink the other one head-to-head with the last year's release. The difference just one year makes in that beer is unbelievable.

The older Thomas Hardy's ales were sold with a sticker on them instructing you to not open them for 10 years.
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I am currently aging a bottle of Three Philosophers and I have been looking for more beers to cellar/age. I also agree with the buying of 2 beers: one to age and one to enjoy/get to know the fresh flavors.
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Buy two of everything = best of both worlds! Seriously, many big beers don't reach even close to their full potential until months or years after bottling. DFH World Wide Stout and Voodoo's Black Magick are brewed and released to reach optimum flavor/drinkability 5 years later! Though the ones in my cellar won't make it that long.
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:32 PM   #1052
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Beer lovers: so what do y'all think about sierra nv ipa(regular)? I think its too piney..what say you?
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:42 AM   #1053
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Beer lovers: so what do y'all think about sierra nv ipa(regular)? I think its too piney..what say you?
I think it's great! At 5.6% abv, I think it's one of the most flavorful, lower-abv beers available.
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:44 AM   #1054
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I think it's great! At 5.6% abv, I think it's one of the most flavorful, lower-abv beers available.
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:58 AM   #1055
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I've been sampling some Mendocino brews. Most recently, the White Hawk Select IPA. I'm a real IPA snob and was pleasantly surprised by their take on it.

Becoming a fan of this company!

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Old 04-13-2011, 11:36 AM   #1056
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I remember having SNPA awhile ago and it being really drinkable. Don't remember the flavor as much but I did like it.

SN Celebration though...
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:40 PM   #1057
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Anyone ever try Arrogant Bastard Ale?
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Amazing.
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:56 PM   #1059
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Had this last night, pretty good, easy to drink. But i like anything pretty much dogfish makes

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Old 04-15-2011, 01:57 PM   #1060
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Prima Pils for the 82 degree weather tomorrow in Cali!

Curious about the redemption, has anybody tried it?
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