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Great collection... Just scared to drink any of it!

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by jlechner23, Jan 10, 2013.

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  1. jlechner23

    jlechner23 Jul 17, 2010 Michigan

    Is this normal? How many people out there run out and buy a limited release beer just have it added to their collection. Like today for instance. I ran out and bought all the Bell's Black Note 12oz bottles I was allowed, 1 case. Now i'm left looking at them, scared to open the case and drink any. I want to but I don't want to run out.
    Any time these beers are put on tap, I'm there drinking till I have my fill. I love these beers but i'm finding that I'd rather collect it than open a bottle and enjoy it.... So... Is this normal or do I have a problem?
  2. tectactoe

    tectactoe Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    My rate of purchase is faster than my rate of consumption. There are times when I go to grab a beer and I just end up staring at them sitting there for 20 minutes. Then I go back upstairs without any beer because I couldn't decide what I wanted to drink.

    It's a problem.
  3. bozodogbreath

    bozodogbreath Oct 19, 2006 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    It is made to be poured in a glass and consumed. It is not made for meat spanking.
    scootsmal, endovelico, Bung and 85 others like this.
  4. dsal89

    dsal89 Jul 6, 2008 Indiana

    crap....ive been doing it wrong :(
  5. LeRose

    LeRose Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    I will be happy to visit and help you through his....hee hee hee...
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  6. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Aug 17, 2012 District of Columbia
    Beer Trader

    I guess if you have unlimited funds and cellar space this not a problem. One day your children will be very happy (hopefully they like beer)
  7. palmdalethriller

    palmdalethriller Dec 26, 2007 California

    I typically have a good stash of beer in my fridge. I will open it up many nights and say "damn, nothing to drink," even though it's full of bombers and 750s of really good beer. That's a problem.

    On the other hand, I will have friends over and we will be drinking and eating and I will bust out one of my "special" bottles. One thing leads to another and I'm pouring three-year verticals of barleywines, opening up Anniversary Ales and dipping into the Utopias. Those nights are good. Beer is made to be consumed. I believe the bible says something about it being an unforgivable sin to die with a fridge full of unopened beer (nothing about a fridge full of opened beer though, which would probably be weird anyways).
    pjeagles, mfnmbvp and slim2043 like this.
  8. Resuin

    Resuin Jun 18, 2012 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    It's definitely better to just enjoy the beers that you have in stock. If the mood strikes for a beer that you have, however "rare" or "expensive", what better time to drink it than right then and there? Unless, of course, you have purchased the beer to consume at a specific point in time in the future. I have never regretted drinking an awesome beer.
  9. Providence

    Providence Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    The beer goes in your mouth.
  10. dianimal

    dianimal Apr 18, 2012 California

    You bought A CASE, now go drink some of it. Or...are you just bragging?
  11. kmello69

    kmello69 Nov 27, 2011 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Can't it be both?
  12. Pecan

    Pecan Dec 20, 2012 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    I think it's definitely alright to hold onto special items for a while. The question is, are you holding them to drink on a special occasion or are you actually never planning on drinking or trading them? The second might be a problem! ;)
  13. Hanzo

    Hanzo Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    It loses its value once you take it out of the package, I wouldn't chance it bro.
  14. BeastLU

    BeastLU Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    I have no problem drinking my beers. If I get a couple bottles with the intention to save them I do but other than that, I drink up. I have done this with wine tho. We have like 8-10 bottles of wine that are so "special" we dont open them, which is dumb, but I guess there will come a time.
  15. Rfunk

    Rfunk Nov 28, 2012 California

    I always save my cool beers for special occasions. I have a Fruet all ready to go for my birthday on the 20th. Can't wait! (I also tend to crack into my collection on brew days)
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  16. Patrick

    Patrick Aug 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    It took me too long to get over this sort of mentality, but the past 6mo. have been refreshing trading less/buying less to keep.
    JxExM likes this.
  17. jmgrub

    jmgrub Nov 20, 2010 California

    I buy too many big beers, and then open the fridge and see nothing I want to drink (alone). Have to force myself to buy lower ABV stuff...every night isn't an insane bottleshare.
    Andygirl, Angst, nc41 and 7 others like this.
  18. nUgZ

    nUgZ Nov 4, 2012 North Carolina

    Not trying to jinx things or be a buzzkill, but tomorrow is never guaranteed. Enjoy those beers and wine while you can...you may never see that special day. I actually find myself wanting to drink my best beers just in case it's the last chance I get.
    rmcnealy, Andygirl, joeebbs and 6 others like this.
  19. Hotmetal1

    Hotmetal1 Feb 28, 2012 Mississippi
    Beer Trader

    I just finished a Latitude 48 and big bowl of red beans and rice, this thread has convinced me to go open something special. I think it'll be a Black Albert.
    GFG, Casedogg43, tobelerone and 3 others like this.
  20. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Why on earth would you buy beer and not drink it?


    protip: these things called breweries, right? They always make more beer, ya dig? So drink what you got.
  21. stayclean

    stayclean Mar 17, 2012 Wisconsin

    I will drink any Black Note you are afraid to open without any hesitation.

    Alternatively, feel free to goandpickitupformebro. ;)
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  22. bpk59

    bpk59 Apr 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    The way I see it, it's just beer and is meant to be consumed. Enjoy with friends, that always makes it easier to crack rare and expensives. Also, buy multiple bottles of the stuff you like - drink one, save one! Best of all worlds.
    musicman7070 likes this.
  23. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Dude, you have a case, not a single 4-pack. And even then, I'd say...
    Drink one already.
    smaisch likes this.
  24. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Dec 20, 2011 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    Hahaha. This literally is my life!
    Horbar likes this.
  25. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Why are you on Beer Advocate? You don't have any hads, reviews, wants, or gots, and you don't even drink the beer you own. Anybody afraid to open a case of beer, no matter how rare, shouldn't own it. Sounds, to me, like you're just someone reselling beer/trying to profit.

    Let me simplify my post; do you buy a Maserati MC12 to drive or put in your garage and brag about?
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  26. tgchief

    tgchief Nov 30, 2010 Iowa

    Only buy the beer that is too irrestiable not to drink.....the rest is just wasting space. Drink it! Often. Re-stocking is necessary exercise to insure fresh irresistability for drinking......repeat.
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  27. SpeedwayJim

    SpeedwayJim Jun 19, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    If there are people out there sharing Yellow Bus, Don Q, Loerik, M and other epicness, you afford to open some Black Note. Its beer. Its meant to be consumed. And... if that's not enough to convince you, most of the time, people notice when a beer starts to go downhill. You don't want to be stuck with a case of something that no one wants 3-4 years down the line that you also don't wanna drink.
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  28. Bluecane

    Bluecane Dec 30, 2011 New York

    Have a beer, man.
  29. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Shouldn't you be saying that to the OP, instead?
    rmcnealy, beertunes, DSlim71 and 4 others like this.
  30. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island
    Beer Trader

    I totally understand the feeling, but I only get than when I have 1 or 2 bottles. I'd be opening bottles left and right if I had a case.

    Just find a beer that is similar and readily available. Then when you get down to your last few bottles of Black Note, just switch to the other beer.
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  31. DrDemento456

    DrDemento456 May 15, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I didn't even know they sold black note in 12oz bottles. Crack one you bastard!
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  32. EJLinneman

    EJLinneman Mar 2, 2009 New Jersey
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    I've promised myself that I would drink my cellar down significantly over the next few months. I used to tell myself that I would wait for a "special occasion" to drink certain beers. After taking an inventory of what I have, I realized that I would never have that many special occasions for the rest of my life.

    I'm going to allow the beer itself to turn things into a special occasion and drink all those bottles down. I've been keeping a constant supply in my fridge and have been plowing through them thus far. About 75 more to go.
  33. xnicknj

    xnicknj May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    get a boot and pour a whole 4-pack into it. consult Shogo for proper technique.
  34. ridglens

    ridglens Jan 10, 2010 Indiana

    For sure... when you start opening these "prized possessions" and realize they are passed their prime and you really never got to try your hard-acquired gem, you get a little looser with your bottles. I now have very little issue openeing almost anything with people that will appreciate them, you only live once and god knows i owe the beer karma gods a lot of awesome sharing!

    Anyway, crack one open bud, that's what the brewer wants you to do ;)
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  35. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    I have a similar, yet different problem...

    When I go to the bottle shop I purchase mostly 750's and bombers (about 50/50) and come home with more than I can drink (sometimes way more). I'll drink one then look at the rest and decide to cellar or hold onto them for when I have a friend(s) over to enjoy them with. It's just more fun to drink with others that will also appreciate. My problem is more the over buying than anything else. I just can't help myself, those damn bottle shops know how to sell the shit outa me. Shiny new seasonals, "I'll take 8 please!"
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  36. robwestcott

    robwestcott Nov 3, 2008 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    dont drink it. ever. just stick it over by the case of bbpt5th.
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  37. CityofBals

    CityofBals Sep 12, 2012 Illinois

    I see beer collecting as one thing; buying beer you want to consume at some point before it's released next year (hopefully). Granted, I only do this with beer that benefits from age, but it's nice to have a small beer shop in my basement.
    BeerBuddy2122 likes this.
  38. BackwoodsBrewing

    BackwoodsBrewing Dec 28, 2012

    Understand where he's coming from my brother just bought a case of black note for me tonight so more for me to add my collection. This is becoming an expensive hobby. Kind of like the nic nacs sitting around your grandmothers house.
    JxExM likes this.
  39. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer May 10, 2012 Illinois

    I always try and save it... but then it sounds delicious, so I drink it after a few months.
    rmcnealy likes this.
  40. musicman7070

    musicman7070 Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    For real. Ease up on the guy. How can you make accusations like saying he's trying to resell beer and make a profit?You don't have any evidence/reason to say it, so don't. If you're going to make comments like that, you shouldn't have even responded at all.
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