Cherry Rye: drink fresh or cellar?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by erik_c, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. I picked up a Cherry Rye this afternoon. My only one for the year. So, what do I do with it? Drink it now or cellar it for a year? Thoughts?
  2. brewbetter

    brewbetter Savant (410) Nauru Jun 2, 2012

    Drink it now.
  3. It's beer. Drink it.
  4. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Savant (375) Maine Oct 28, 2011

    Just picked up this and coffee- which one should I drink tonite? Never had either. Had Vanilla and Regular though.
  5. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,065) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Verified

    Drink Now with some others no need to wait
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  6. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Savant (385) California Aug 2, 2012 Verified

    If you only have one, drink now! I have a rule of not cellaring any beer that I don't have at least 2 of.
  7. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Advocate (515) Texas Apr 13, 2010

    Don't drink it. Ever.
  8. jmmy3

    jmmy3 Savant (355) Massachusetts Nov 30, 2010

    The cherry flavor will probably fall to the background with time, I would drink it.
  9. krl2112

    krl2112 Advocate (670) Illinois Nov 10, 2012 Verified

    I drank one around Christmas and it was amazing. If it ages similar to regular BCBS then it will only get better. I have a couple left and will try one in a year and then another a year or so after. IMO this is one of the best BCBS variants. Wish they would have made more.
  10. dogfishandi

    dogfishandi Savant (465) New York Jan 24, 2009

    Drink it now. However, drink the coffee first if u have both.
  11. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Savant (385) California Aug 2, 2012 Verified

    Can't go wrong with either one. Good problem to have :)
  12. abecall98

    abecall98 Advocate (575) California Aug 11, 2007 Verified

    Just trade it away for a bunch of other beer/services.
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  13. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Advocate (605) Wisconsin Apr 16, 2012 Verified

    I hear that if you age beer long enough, since carbon 14 is very common in organic material, it will in time turn to diamonds, assuming enough bottle pressure of course . . . better get a snickers bar; you're going to be here for awhile.

    Just kidding drink it!!! Cherry flavors tend to fade.
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  14. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    Always drink fresh first. I have some others and I put some in the fridge to hold out as long as possible, and some in the "wine cellar" to see what that does.
  15. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 7, 2012

    What do you hope to gain by waiting? Drink your beer
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  16. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    True if only 1 bottle. With multiples, I don't wait necessarily because I think it's going to be "more awesomer", I stockpile so I have it at my whim throughout the year =)
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  17. ThePorterSorter

    ThePorterSorter Advocate (645) Missouri Aug 10, 2010 Verified

    Fresh (as in a month after bottling) was mind blowing...I'm glad I have one to "age," but I would absolutely recommend consuming that badboy now.
  18. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Champion (800) Illinois Nov 28, 2008 Verified

    This is exactly right! People dont hoard your bottles drink your CR BCBS or trade them to someone who wants to drink it! Cherry Flavor will go bye bye fast, plain and simple.
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  19. peteinSD

    peteinSD Savant (255) California Apr 25, 2010

    it's easy to respond, "drink it now", "if you only have one, why are you cellaring", but if cherry rye progresses as bramble did (which i really enjoyed), then i'd say a year on the bottle will improve the beer. but, it's a different beer than bramble so age at your own risk.
  20. tut2528

    tut2528 Savant (475) Illinois Sep 26, 2008

    Bramble is better now, than it was then in my opinion. The fruits have held up stronger than I expected and are very much present still. After having the Cherry for the first time last night, I think that this one will hold up just like Bramble.
  21. You say fall.. I say meld!
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  22. Dirty25

    Dirty25 Savant (390) Germany Jan 22, 2012

    Bramble sucked fresh. I got good with 6months on it. Good thing I had a good beer geek friend who shared the older bramble with me. It really sucked fresh
  23. Yoitsluke

    Yoitsluke Disciple (70) New Jersey Mar 29, 2012

    i drank mine, the cherry flavor will most likely fade