Afriad to drink...

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by danpam1024, Feb 16, 2013.

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  1. danpam1024

    danpam1024 Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2012 Florida

    I've crossed some sort of line.

    Yesterday, I picked-up a Luchador en Fuego from Clown Shoes. I'd never seen one beforehand and discovered when I got home that it's "rare" single batch. I'm now afraid to open it.

    My heart tells me that I bought the beer to drink it, but my brain is telling me that I should save it. For what? I'm not too sure.

    At what point do you take a rare beer and finally crack it open? I keep it in the fridge or store it somewhere else?
    Have any of you assembled a collection of "DON"T TOUCH THAT!!!!" beers?
  2. JuniperJesus

    JuniperJesus Aspirant (270) Feb 26, 2011 Illinois

    The only beer I was ever afraid to open was my father's, when I was in high school.
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  3. RayOhioFelton

    RayOhioFelton Devotee (416) May 24, 2011 Ohio
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    I am building a new shelf to make room for my cellaring collection in the basement. I have numerous beers "saved" down there and open them at tastings I have where I have my 3 beer buddies over because I want them to share the experience. I wouldn't enjoy drinking the KBS 2012, Jester King RU-55/Funk Metal, Dogfish Head 120 or numerous aged stouts without at least one buddy who appreciates it! But that is just me.
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  4. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas

    You should probably just throw it away, then you don't have to worry about it.
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  5. kmello69

    kmello69 Defender (618) Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    Beer is for drinking. They'll make more. Enjoy!
  6. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2011 Illinois

    but if he drinks it, how will he ever trade for whalez bro?
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  7. vthippie

    vthippie Initiate (146) Dec 18, 2012 Vermont

    Drink fresh, barrel character and pepper heat is going to fade out over time. You will be left with a overly thin (I assume body will be the same as the base beer, chocolate sombrero) and mediocre stout. With the heat CS is a rather good beer, with the barrel character it will likely be great, with neither it will be meh.
  8. danpam1024

    danpam1024 Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2012 Florida

    Great advice!
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  9. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,122) Mar 18, 2010 California

    It's not that hard people. Drink your goddamn beer.
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  10. Dools9

    Dools9 Zealot (516) Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    I know people will probably give me a lot of heat for saying this but its just beer, drink the damn stuff whenever you please.
  11. DmanGTR

    DmanGTR Meyvn (1,143) Feb 19, 2008 Florida
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    I used to have that collector's/hoarder's mentality where every single beer I buy, I debate whether it should be saved for that "special occasion" that never comes, or drink it and enjoy it. So yes, I understand how others feel when poised in such situations, especially with the rarer beers.

    Now, there are certain beers that I do want to save for special occasions (ie holidays, my future wedding, etc), but the majority of my collection has been changed to "drink whenever I feel like it" status. I also designated a small box into which I put beers that are "on deck", meaning the next time I want to have a beer I must grab one from the on deck box. That way I don't have to worry about whether I want to save the beer for later.
  12. andrewinski1

    andrewinski1 Savant (941) Apr 14, 2009 New Hampshire

    90% (made up stat alert) of beers go bad every day you don't drink them. Don't let this beer be one of them.
  13. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

    Only open rare beer on days ending with a "y".
  14. RDMII

    RDMII Disciple (343) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    Simple rule.

    Anything with chili needs to be consumed sooner rather than later unless you don't want to taste the chili anymore.
  15. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,265) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    WTF? And WTF with the avatar?
  16. taxman

    taxman Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 Illinois

    Save it for a special occasion. Like when you wake up in the morning, look through the obituaries and don't see your name. Life is short. Enjoy it while you can.
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  17. danpam1024

    danpam1024 Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2012 Florida

    My wife and I killed it last night.
    No regrets. :slight_smile:
  18. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,635) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    The base beer, IMO, is weak. This one, however, is pretty tasty. Drink it now.
  19. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    It takes less than 1 second to open it. Do it. Can't go back once you hear that hiss.
  20. danpam1024

    danpam1024 Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2012 Florida

    The avatar is taken from a portion of some commissioned art that my wife had made for me a few years ago. It's Tinker Bell playing strip poker with Jiminy Cricket. Artist is (late) Pat Carlucci
  21. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    Isn't Tinker Bell underage?
  22. danpam1024

    danpam1024 Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2012 Florida

    Talk about a conversation going sideways...
    No she is not "underage" Technically...she is always been portrayed as a woman and according to the original book, considered to be over a hundred years old.
    Same probably goes for the Cricket.
  23. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,265) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    Interesting. What a naughty fairy.
  24. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,265) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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  25. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,265) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    Why are we talking about tinker bell on a beerwebsite?
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  26. bbrown12

    bbrown12 Disciple (329) Oct 18, 2011 New Jersey
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    I would think a cricket of Jiminys age would have a black exoskeleton no? I mean, Ive seen underage crickets that are green. Im gonna need some ID Jiminy
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  27. UHCougar12

    UHCougar12 Disciple (379) Feb 21, 2011 Texas
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    I picked up flying dog BA gonzo once. At the time I was new to craft, and all I knew is I liked flying dog. Then I get home to find out it was a rare find, so I stuck it in my fridge for a special occasion. In the meantime my roommate drank it, so in the end it wasn't worth saving. My suggestion, just drink it.
  28. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Never did I think I'd ever read people discussing Tinkerbell on a Beer Aging subforum on a Beer Nerd website. :wink:
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