Cellar Essentials

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by CrackTheSkye, Oct 24, 2013.

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  1. CrackTheSkye

    CrackTheSkye Initiate (135) Nov 3, 2011 Maryland
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    Had a pair of Old Stocks last night on a whim (12,13) and it got me thinking about my cellar essentials. Not overly expensive and readily available, I almost always have a pair of Old Stocks downstairs. I like to do this because I can drink them as I please and it's not like saying goodbye to a loved one for a year when you decide to drink that bottle of Rare. They are also delicious fresh and get even better with age IMO. I also do this with Troegenator, Skull Splitter and Mcewan's Scotch ale as they meet the same criteria, although I never keep these for more than a few months. So my question to you is, what are your cellar essentials? Brews that you always have in stock that get you through the days and keep you from tapping into anything to special to soon.
     
  2. Avalon68

    Avalon68 Initiate (180) Jul 1, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    for me it is 1-2 year old lambic. Always try to keep a few bottles on hand.
     
  3. CrackTheSkye

    CrackTheSkye Initiate (135) Nov 3, 2011 Maryland
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    Any specific brewery?
     
  4. youradhere

    youradhere Devotee (488) Feb 29, 2008 Washington
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    Anything not pasturized.

    I would vote for some English barley wines for cellar essentials, maybe a Samiclaus or two. Bigfoot is also a good one, as is Abyss.
     
  5. dbol

    dbol Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2007 California
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    Bigfoot Ale, J.W. Lees Harvest Ale or Thomas Hardy's. Gueuze's are always good to cellar, too.
     
  6. OnWisconsin

    OnWisconsin Initiate (0) Aug 14, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Can't go wrong with Founders RIS. I love that at one year and try to have a case of it for the following year.
     
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  7. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,654) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    I love throwing in a few bottles of Abyss every year.
     
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  8. Nuggethops

    Nuggethops Initiate (0) Jun 7, 2010 New Hampshire

    classic gueuze if I could still get it, pannepot, palo santo, founders imperial stout, expedition stout, alaskan smoked porter, saison brett, saison rue, worldwide stout, our finest regards are all beers i have enjoyed with age and make a point to buy/trade for every so often so i have a steady supply in the cellar.
     
  9. CrackTheSkye

    CrackTheSkye Initiate (135) Nov 3, 2011 Maryland
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    I second Palo Santo for sure, love that beer. World wide stout is a little out of my price range to have consistently. And I have yet to experimented with cellaring any kind of sour/saison type stuff although I have really been meaning to start.
     
  10. rowingbrewer

    rowingbrewer Champion (849) May 28, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Gueuze/Lambic
    cuvee rene, 3F, Hanssens, Tilquin
    Barleywine
    bigfoot, monster ale, stone OG, jw lees
    Imp Stout
    old rasputin, bells expedition, stone RIS, bourbon county
    Other notable beers
    RR sours (most hold up well for at least a couple years, some for many)
    alesmith wee heavy
    saison brett and saison rue are both nice with a year or 2
     
  11. JasonLovesBeer

    JasonLovesBeer Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2013 British Columbia (Canada)

    Cantillon gueuze
    Hair of the Dog - Adam
    Logsdon Seizoen Brett (or similar)
    And a handful of RIS's - for example Black Butte XX__
     
  12. CrackTheSkye

    CrackTheSkye Initiate (135) Nov 3, 2011 Maryland
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    Wish we got hair of the dog stuff out here, always wanted to try it. I'm also going to add Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and TenFidy.
     
  13. SkiBum22

    SkiBum22 Zealot (595) Oct 18, 2009 New York
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    Goose Island BCS. A place in Astoria still has cases of last years (2012) vintage. Going to split a case with my buddy to put in the cellar before this years release comes to NYC
     
  14. CrackTheSkye

    CrackTheSkye Initiate (135) Nov 3, 2011 Maryland
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    BCS I would also consider an essential. Although it's a little more pricey, and not always readily available it's toooo classic not to have
     
  15. JasonLovesBeer

    JasonLovesBeer Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2013 British Columbia (Canada)

    I have to drive 8 hours south to get HotD but can manage to do that twice a year or so
     
  16. youradhere

    youradhere Devotee (488) Feb 29, 2008 Washington
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    Doggie claws and Adam age awesomely, not really sold in aging BA anything though, but that's how I roll.
     
  17. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Aspirant (279) Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica

    Samichlaus Helles
    JW Lees Harvest Ale
    Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
    Goose Island Sofie
    North Coast Old Stock Ale
     
  18. youradhere

    youradhere Devotee (488) Feb 29, 2008 Washington
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    Old cellar dweller might fare well as well, since you are in BC you should be able to snag a few. I've had experience with Old Stock, and I found that it starts to fall apart after 4 years, YMMV.
     
  19. quinnsi

    quinnsi Aspirant (239) Nov 22, 2008 Illinois

    Essentials, as in, no cellar is complete without it?

    Bell's Expedition Stout
    J.W. Lee's
    Traditional Lambic

    I think you could also throw De Dolle Stille Nachte in there as well.
     
  20. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Initiate (60) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon
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    I've already said most of what I'm going to say in other threads, but it fits and bears repeating. The beers that have aged best in my experience happen to usually be inexpensive and readily available. Old Stock is my absolute favorite and I want to start buying it by the case every year. I've had it at up to 7 years old, and it just keeps getting better. Other good ones are Stone IRS, Fred, Adam, Alaskan Barleywine, and JW Lee's Harvest. The only rare(ish) beers I've had that I like aging are Thomas Hardy's, BCBS, and Abyss. I was unemployed over the Summer and demolished my cellar; now that I have steady work again, I'm going to restock it, and I think I'm going to stick to getting a bunch of Old Stock, Fred, Stone IRS, and Abyss and try to just stick everything else in the fridge for immediate consumption.
     
  21. DrPhunk

    DrPhunk Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2013 Illinois

    Backwoods Bastard is a great one that I haven't seen mentioned yet. Always try to buy up as much as possible each year and sit on it. It's always available on draft at the same time so I don't feel the need to crack my bottles right away.
     
  22. JT99125

    JT99125 Initiate (0) May 7, 2013 New Jersey

    The essentials I currently am aiming to have a few cases "cellar'd" to help last me through the year is some Narwhal, Breakfast stout, and TenFidy. I know coffee fades overtime, but I've had a year aged founders breakfast stout and still found it pretty amazing.
     
  23. CrackTheSkye

    CrackTheSkye Initiate (135) Nov 3, 2011 Maryland
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    I too have no problem with the fading coffee flavor. Although I thoroughly enjoy the coffee, once it fades I feel there is more flavor underneath it that is just as delicious.
     
  24. 4kbrianb

    4kbrianb Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2013 California

    I have always tried to have a few options of RR sours stocked and available, but I suck at not drinking them.... which I guess is what I am supposed to do with the bottles. So the collection doesn't usually last as long as I want, typically around a year instead of 2 haha. Luckily I am headed up north next week and will try to get my hands on whatever they let me.
     
  25. ezperkins2

    ezperkins2 Aspirant (298) Jan 3, 2011 California
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    Stone has some easy to get beers that age wonderfully. I really love IRS, OG and Double Bastard with a few years on them.
     
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  26. CrackTheSkye

    CrackTheSkye Initiate (135) Nov 3, 2011 Maryland
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    I love the IRS also and it really is an essential at how cheap and readily available it is. Never tried aging the Double Bastard though, wasn't sure how it would develop.
     
  27. hopswap1

    hopswap1 Disciple (365) Apr 27, 2012 Illinois
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    Lot of great things mentioned already, I will add third coast old ale and cw bbbw
     
  28. CowsandBeer

    CowsandBeer Devotee (481) Sep 24, 2012 Nebraska
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    Not sure if it's been mentioned but what's the word on Great Divide Hibernation with a few years on it?
     
  29. sweemzander

    sweemzander Poo-Bah (2,336) Mar 26, 2009 Illinois
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    Some of my favorite beers to age. I always try to grab some when they come out to keep verticals going, though the sours are getting harder to keep tracking down some from each vintage year:

    3F Oude Gueuze
    Bells Expedition
    Bells Third Coast Old
    Boulevard Saison Brett
    Cantillon Classic Gueuze & Iris
    Central Waters BBBW
    DFH Olde School BW
    Founders Old Curmudgeon
    Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
    HOTD Adam & Doggie Claws
    JW Lees Harvest & barrel variants
    Kuhnhenn 4D / BA 4D
    North Coast Old Stock
    Pelican MOAS
    SN Bigfoot
     
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  30. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Poo-Bah (3,159) Jun 9, 2006 Colorado
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    Its really good after one year and even better after two. I did not care for it at years three four or five.
     
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  31. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,163) Aug 15, 2010 Colorado
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    Another vote for Old Stock Ale. Definitely Abyss as well.

    Chimay Blue deserves a mention.
    Pannepot and all its variants.
    Great Divide Yeti.
    Dupont Avec Les Bon Voeux.
    Fantome Saisons.
     
  32. ManforallSaisons

    ManforallSaisons Disciple (386) Mar 20, 2008 Belgium

    I think of saisons and sours as something not to let sit too, too long, but I'll have to try it. I have a few from Fantome and Blaugies that have some years on them only for not getting around to cracking them on the requisite summer's evening with a group. Now I'm wondering about edging them toward the back of the shelf. I could consider the same for some Rodenbach CR under cork. Otherwise, I have managed through blessed proximity and even of buying to be able to keep a stock of gueuzes or other lambic variants around for the long haul, and I have accidentally over the years banked a few cases of various quads and imperial this-and-thats. The strange one that I've been talked into is Orval. As the go-to crowd pleaser, it has decently rapid traffic through my house, but, I've gotten into the habit of buying a case a year or so and give it a year's novitiate before bringing it out. So now I see a circle coming together, as the brett character has obviously contributed in some way to that, so why not the saisons?
     
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  33. CrackTheSkye

    CrackTheSkye Initiate (135) Nov 3, 2011 Maryland
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    Not really understating your question here buddy. But your essentials would be sours and saisons? Or something lol
     
  34. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Aspirant (279) Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica


    Not sure what the question is. If you are implying that saisons have brett, I would venture a guess and say that less than half do. So they probably don't age that well.

    I have extremely limited experience aging sours, but "I started out aging everything and now only age gueuze" is a not uncommon saying here. It's usually just gueuze though and some Lou Pepe fruit stuff. A lot of the Flemish reds/oud bruins are pasteurized and won't get any more sour or funky, so those tend to be seen as iffy in the cellar.
     
  35. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Aspirant (279) Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica

    I'm adding one more essential I forgot in my first post: Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van de Kaizer Blue.
     
  36. ManforallSaisons

    ManforallSaisons Disciple (386) Mar 20, 2008 Belgium

    Rhetorical question. I was just saying that I was inspired to throw aside a few extra things and see what happens. Beer is actually somewhat cheap compared to cellaring wine, booze, other comestibles (cheese)... Don't tell anyone I said that!
     
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  37. Twitcho

    Twitcho Initiate (160) Aug 1, 2012 Utah
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    I like to keep a few around:

    Stone IRS
    Stone Double Bastard
    BCBS
    Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast and Brunch
    Alesmith Speedway Stout
     
  38. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,036) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I'm usually an advocate for aging ten fidy, but last years batch evolved into an oxidized raisin bomb. Had the last of my 2012 with the first of my 2013, and the 2013 knocks its socks off. Look into avery'sdemons of ale series, and their uncle jacobs stout also ages well. They aren't as available as others, but I do see the demons turding up shelves.
     
  39. Rizalini

    Rizalini Zealot (537) Jan 20, 2011 Nevada
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    I thought Black Butte was a porter...
     
  40. JasonLovesBeer

    JasonLovesBeer Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2013 British Columbia (Canada)

    an 11% porter is no different than a RIS
     
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