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Beer you find tough to finally open?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by MrOH, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. MrOH

    MrOH Member

    Location:
    Maryland
    Gonna finally break out my 2007 Williamsburg AleWerks Grand Illumination tomorrow night to go with cheese and dessert. It's a little bit over five years old now, probably on the downhill side for an American Barleywine, but I've been saving it for a special occasion, and I figure that Valentine's dinner with the love of my life is as special as it will ever be.

    Why have I saved it so long? It's the closest brewery to where I grew up, the guys there are cool, and from talking to people at the brewer story, when I told them that I still had a 2007 two years ago, they were astonished.

    What beers that might not be the most highly regarded to you hold close to your chest?
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  2. wesbray

    wesbray Member

    Location:
    Alberta (Canada)
    It took me a long time to finally open my 2008 Thomas Hardy's Ale.
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  3. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Member

    Location:
    New York
    I have been holding onto a 2-3 year old Unibroue Terrible. It's by no means a rare or expensive beer, but Unibroue was one of the breweries to really get me into craft beer and its the first beer I ever bought with the intention of cellaring (yeah I'm still pretty new to the craft beer scene!). To be honest at this point my tastes have changed so much that I don't even know how much I'll like it, but I have another year or two until I "need" to drink it.
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  4. impending

    impending Member

    Location:
    California
    any 750 with a plastic cork
    I was reminded of this recently when I (finally) opened it
    Draeckenier
    La Trappe and others have been guilty as well
    stupid
    but cheers
    jd
  5. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    Any beer that has one of those corks that are all the way in the bottle and that you need a corkscrew to pull out and can't just use your hand. Took me forever to figure out how to use the corkscrew...Don't judge me lol.
  6. hopburster

    hopburster Member

    Location:
    Washington
    My last BW XII...one of my all time favorites!
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  7. RichD

    RichD Member

    Location:
    Rhode Island
    Every Founders Breakfast Stout I consume. It's so bittersweet that every bottle I open is one less bottle in the fridge...
  8. stealth

    stealth Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    Beatification B2. My pride and joy. Eventually...my last Surly Five.
  9. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Member

    Location:
    Washington
    Right now for me it's gotta be Black Tuesday.
  10. gtermi

    gtermi Member

    Location:
    Texas
    That's exactly how I feel about this beer... I don't want to age it and lose that amazing taste, but its so hard to drink.
  11. Eastside151

    Eastside151 Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    Love their beers, not my entry into the craft scene but have not found one I don't like yet. I have a 750ml Maudite and La Terrible in my fridge that I can't seem to open along with a Duvel Tripel Hop from 2010
  12. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Member

    Location:
    Kentucky
    Anything with a wax top. I cut myself every damn time.
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  13. itsiilegal

    itsiilegal Member

    Location:
    California
    Fantasia b1
  14. Kelp

    Kelp Member

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    I would say my last Pozharnik from Pennichuck and any of my verticals. With the verticals I always tell myself next year I will drink it when I get that year's bottle while it it fresh, and then I just put it in the cellar and trade for a second one and have it fresh anyways.
  15. sukwonee

    sukwonee Member

    Location:
    Washington
    Most beers that I am hoarding for the sake of hoarding (or cellaring, whatever you call this behavior)
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  16. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Member

    Location:
    New York
    Jeez, where do I start? 2007 Unibroue 17 is always calling my name, as is the 2008 GD Yeti, 2004 SA Chocolate Bock, 06-12 BCBS vert that I just keep stretching into "just one more year", 2010 Ivan and that last naughty little Rare.
  17. raczkowski

    raczkowski Member

    Location:
    Florida
    For me it's CBS. I know it needs to be consumed pretty soon but I'm waiting on a special occasion to drink that along with the rest of the founders stouts(fbs kbs and FIS)...just can't seem to get time to dedicate a whole night to doing this lol.
  18. Lare453

    Lare453 Member

    Location:
    Florida
    bcbvs
    leon
    utopias
  19. brewbetter

    brewbetter Member

    Location:
    Nauru
    Some people listed bottles they didn't want to open because they were attached to them while others listed bottles that were physically hard to open.

    Cascade bottles are physically hard to open, the corks are to tight and getting them out is a struggle.
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  20. fredmugs

    fredmugs Member

    Location:
    Indiana
    I'm new to this and I have the opposite problem. It's tough to not open them.
  21. nc41

    nc41 Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
    I have a 2010 Abyss sitting around.
  22. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I don't have a problem drinking beer. After all, that is why I bought it. I have opened some of the craziest, rare stuff and never thought twice about it!
  23. Brew33

    Brew33 Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    BA Cuir took me a LONG time to open. I was so excited to get it that I literally just looked at it once a week for months trying to convince myself to open it.
  24. watsonmd

    watsonmd Member

    Location:
    Georgia
    I am holding a CBS, and have never tried one, but want to, but then it will be gone! Similar story for Curmudgeon's Better Half.
  25. Fujii13

    Fujii13 Member

    Location:
    New York
    I have an Alchemist Luscious I'll probably never open. Maybe when their growler program starts it'll be easier, but I doubt it.
  26. Boilerfood

    Boilerfood Member

    Location:
    Indiana
    Half a case of this sitting on the held near me.
  27. xnicknj

    xnicknj Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    agreed. it took me like 10 minutes to get my last bottle of Vlad open.

    i also had a bitch of a time cutting through the wax on Tired Hands Handfarm.
  28. Andygirl

    Andygirl Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    I have a 2008 Night Tripper that I have been saving just for the hell of it. It's probably past it's peak so I really should open it. I like seeing the bottle there on the shelf, just hanging out watching all the young beer that comes and goes.
  29. RStang13

    RStang13 Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    I have plenty if "rare" and "special occasion" beers down in the cellar, but what I think I'll have the hardest time with is my original release 750 of Flying Fish Exit 4
  30. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    I have a four year old Three Philosophers that I've been sitting on...not especially rare, but aged with great care. I think I'm going to pass it on to someone as an extra in my next trade so that I don't have to make the decision.
  31. Hanzo

    Hanzo Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    Funny you should bring that up. For the latest release of Grand Illumination I bought bottle 0001-2012 from my local beer store. I actually don't think I am ever going to open it.
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  32. ChrisMon02

    ChrisMon02 Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    I am sitting on the same. Hard knowing you have them and not cracking them. Someday...
  33. Hanzo

    Hanzo Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    CBS was my personal whale for a long long time, just having it a few months ago I will recommend you opening it ASAP, it was a great beer but the maple was almost all the way gone. I'm usually against the "ZOMG this beers is falling off" camp, but this is one case where it seems accurate from descriptions of the beer fresh.

    Plus, they will eventually make the beer again, so just grab a couple beer buddies and get pouring!
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  34. RichD

    RichD Member

    Location:
    Rhode Island
    That's what I'm saying. I usually buy a 4 pack and then drink it and then go back and buy another because the liquor store seems to have an endless supply and it's all refrigerated.
  35. joeebbs

    joeebbs Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    09 Utopias.
  36. Pnell316

    Pnell316 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    All the armand'4, just can't ever bring myself to open them even though I've got multiples.
  37. deuce9259

    deuce9259 Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    Backwoods B. This beer really got me into craft. It's so hard to tell myself that they will make more next year.
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  38. stonermouse

    stonermouse Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    The last Heady Topper of a four-pack (or a case), because I know it'll be months before I see it again.
  39. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    So you're going to give away a good beer that you've taken the time to age because 'emotionally' it's too hard to open? I pretty sure that's one of the craziest things I've read here.

    I understand it can be tough opening a great beer because you know it'll no longer be there, but what the hell is the point of buying a beer if you don't drink it? I've cracked a bottle of Cantillon on a random Saturday afternoon just because I wanted some good beer while watching college football. I never saved any of my really good beers for special occasions, and don't regret it one bit.
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  40. joeebbs

    joeebbs Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I've gotten to the point where I'm just going to drink the beer. If I have more than one perhaps I'll stow it one away for later. But if I have one of something I'm going to drink it soon because I might not get the chance to someday. I mean, that's why it was brewed right?

    But in regards to the 09 Utopias...just haven't found a good time to do it.

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